Meet Actress Jane Lynch’s Wife Jennifer Cheyne, Ex-spouse Lara Embry, and Her Children

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Jane Lynch has been married to her current partner Jennifer Cheyne since 2021 after her failed marriage to her ex-spouse Lara Embry. Does she have any kids?

American television and film actress and comedian Jane Lynch is famous for her onscreen off-kilter characters with strong (often tyrannical) personalities.

She is best known for her work on the television series Glee (2009–15). The musical comedy series that she played Sue Sylvester earned her a Primetime Emmy Award. 

Die-hard fans of the entertainer know about her sexuality as she has championed many LGBT rights and issues.

But what is known about her dating history? Has she ever been married and who is her current partner – plus does she have any kids? Keep reading for more about her personal life.

Jane Lynch, who is an LGBT advocate, has been married twice to her wives, Lara Embry (ex) and Jennifer Cheyne (current). Image Source: Getty
Jane Lynch, who is an LGBT advocate, has been married twice to her wives, Lara Embry (ex) and Jennifer Cheyne (current). Image Source: Getty

Who is Jane Lynch married to?

‘Weakest Link’ host Jane Lynch has been married twice in her lifetime. The names of her first/ex-spouse and current partner are Lara Embry and Jennifer Cheyne.

Actress-turned-TV host Jane Lynch is smitten with her wife, screenwriter Jennifer Cheyne.

A quick scroll through Jane’s and Jennifer’s respective Instagram accounts shows that they’re obviously living their best life together and as happy as can be.

Lynch and Cheyne got married on 4 November 2021. At the time, the comedian was 61 years old.

On her appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan in 2022, she opened up about their wedding ceremony. We went down to the Santa Barbara Courthouse, which is where we live, and her son became a minister of Universal Life Church,” Jane said. “And the three of us said our little vows to each other and signed the papers, and it was really nice. I shed a tear. I was a little surprised.”

Jane raved about Jennifer — and her handiness — in a September 2020 People interview. “My partner makes me thankful all day long,” she said. “She figures out how to deal with [everything]. She’s like, ‘I don’t need to hire a handyman.’ Although she’s very, very feminine and soft, she’s got a thing of tools that she brings out, and she can fix almost anything. Plumbing and loose shutters, and our air conditioner. That’s the greatest thing about her, because I get overwhelmed, and I have no patience with details. She’s very methodical, and she takes things very slowly.”

Jennifer is also a credit card miles whiz, Jane said. “We have all these miles racked up, and we have some things we want to buy,” the actor explained. “I said, ‘Figure out how we can use miles to buy this stuff.’ And she figured it out. So now I’m like, ‘I’m so grateful for you,’ because I couldn’t figure that out.”

Jane told Parade in November 2019 that finding love in her fifties “has been a blessing” — and the Glee alum also described her and Jennifer’s origin story. “Jennifer and I were partners for a couple of years in the early 2000s,” she said. “We broke up and then reconnected a decade later and just fell back together so easily and lovingly.”

Jane also praised Jennifer to People, saying, “She’s really smart. We work so well, and we’re really grateful that we found each other.”

The two women are also “different people” nowadays, as Jane told the magazine. “We don’t have the same insecurities we used to have,” she said. “We live very peacefully. We have our own routines and separate spaces to retreat to within our home, but then we’ll have coffee together in the morning and meet for a meal.”

When Jane and Jennifer separated briefly before reconnecting, she moved and tied the knot with her first wife, actress Lara Embry.

Jane and Lara were married in 2010 but their relationship ended in a serious legal battle in 2014.

Jane Lynch and Jennifer Cheyne together at the Governor's Ball in Los Angeles, California, 2016
Jane Lynch and Jennifer Cheyne together at the Governor’s Ball in Los Angeles, California, 2016. Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images

Who is Jane Lynch’s Wife, Jennifer Cheyne?

Jennifer Cheyne is the spouse/current partner of comedian-actress Jane Lynch.

By profession, Jennifer Cheyne is also in the entertainment industry and works as a screenwriter.

According to her profile on Stage 32, Jennifer wrote that she minored in creative writing at UC Berkeley and then got an online MFA in screenwriting. “I have been writing for many years but homed in on screenwriting because of its visual nature, as well as its ultimately collaborative nature,” she explains.

Per her IMDb profile, Cheyne is known for Elena Undone (2010).

She wrote the screenplay for Mary Astor’s Diary, a movie that has twice placed in the second round of the Austin Film Festival.

“I have written Mary Astor’s Diary, based on the true story of a 1936 Hollywood/child custody scandal at the time of the Hays Code,” she wrote.

And Jennifer didn’t stop there. “I am currently working on two next stories,” she writes, “one an original mother-daughter dramedy (can we say that word?) two-hander, and the other a drama based on a true story about an unlikely horse champion and his unlikely champion rider in the show jumping world,” she told readers.

What is Jennifer Cheyne’s net worth? Jennifer has amassed a sizable fortune over the course of her writing career. Jennifer’s net worth is alleged to be a little less than $1 million.

 Lara Embry (left) with her ex-partner, Jane Lynch (right).
Lara Embry (left) with her ex-partner, Jane Lynch (right). Image Source: PictureGroup/Rex

Who is Lara Embry, Jane Lynch’s ex?

Lara Embry is an actress best known for her roles in movies like Alabama Bound (2017), Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011) and Access Hollywood (1996).

Per her website, Embry has a background in clinical psychology, where she has done several researches that focused on resilience, adolescence, maternal depression, marital communication, and LGBT mental health.

She was previously married to Jane Lynch, whom the Glee star met following her breakup with her then-girlfriend, Jennifer Cheyne.

The pair wed in May 2010, exactly a year after meeting at a fundraiser in San Francisco. “We actually have a picture of the moment we met,” Lynch told The New York Times. But the union didn’t last. The pair announced they were going their separate ways in June 2013 — not long before Lynch reconnected with Cheyne. “This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another,” she told People in a statement.

Lynch and Embry’s divorce quickly got complicated. After more than a year of back and forth, Lynch settled in October 2014 after agreeing to pay Embry $1.2 million split over two years, E! News reported.

Embry was also granted half of Lynch’s residuals from the shows she starred in during their relationship, which included “Glee” and “Two and a Half Men.” But Lynch proved she had no ill feelings toward her ex-wife. In fact, she believed Embry got what was rightfully hers. “[California] is a half-and-half state, as well as it should be,” Lynch told PopCrush.

The settlement wasn’t going to be the defining aspect of their relationship. “It’s just money,” she concluded. Lynch said their split was amicable.”

Glee star Jane Lynch enjoys a day out with her wife Dr Lara Embry and her step-daughters in West Hollywood in 2010. Image Source: WH Photography
Glee star Jane Lynch enjoys a day out with her wife Dr Lara Embry and her step-daughters in West Hollywood in 2010. Image Source: WH Photography

Does Jane Lynch have any kids?

No, Jane Lynch doesn’t have children like her character Sue Sylvester in the hit show Glee.

However, she was a stepmother of three.

Her ex-wife, Dr. Lara Embry has two daughters namely Haden Embry and Chase Embry, from her previous relationship.

Lynch said at the time of her marriage to Dr Embry that she never anticipated parenthood. ‘I’m almost 50, and I thought that possibility was behind me, so this is a real delight,’ she told the New York Times in June, adding that she never went through the biological-clock experience: ‘I never even heard it ticking.’

During her vows at the wedding at a small restaurant in Massachusetts, the actress promised ‘to be the very best parent I can be,’ to Embry’s daughters Chase and Haden, as well as ‘to do my best to get iCarly tickets.’

Jane and 21-year-old Haden even performed Sue Sylvester’s famous Vogue dance from Glee’s The Power of Madonna episode, at the reception.

In 2010, Jane was pictured with her stepdaughter taking a stroll. The group enjoyed a family day out in West Hollywood yesterday where they stopped off at local haunt Urth Caffe for some iced drinks and snacks.

Lynch’s current spouse, Jennifer is also a mother to one child, a son named Harry who is the actress’s stepson.

In her biography on Stage 32, Jennifer concluded by saying that she lives in Los Angeles “with my sweet son Harry and my fabulous wife, Jane Lynch.”

Actress Jane Lynch visits Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 11, 2020 in Universal City, California
Actress Jane Lynch visits Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 11, 2020 in Universal City, California. Credit: Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Who is Jane Lynch?

Lynch was born on July 14, 1960, in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

The actress attended both Illinois State University and Cornell University.

She earned her MFA degree from Cornell University in 1984.

When it comes to her romantic life, Lynch has been married twice.

Lynch and her ex Lara Embry were married from 2010 to 2014.

In 2021 she married her partner Jennifer Cheyne in a small courthouse wedding, PEOPLE reports.

At the time, she appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan to talk about her marriage.

“We’ve been together a really long time. It was more touching than I was expecting,” she said.

“Because the impulse to do this was we’re looking for insurance for Jennifer and I said, ‘Let’s just get married.'”

Lynch told the outlet that they married at a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California where they live.

The Glee alum is an award-winning actress including an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.

She has received a total of 13 Emmy Award nominations and has won five times.

Her most recent win was for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series in 2019.

Lynch won the award for her role as Sophie Lennon in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

What shows has she been in?

The actress has been in many movies and TV shows throughout her career.

Below are some of the shows that Lynch has appeared in.

  • Glee (2009 – 2015)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017 – 2023)
  • Hollywood Game Night (2013 – 2020)
  • Weakest Link (since 2020)
  • The L Word (2004 – 2009)
  • Friends (1994 – 2004)
  • Girl Meets World
  • Arrested Development
  • Psych

Some films that Lynch has appeared in include Shrek, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Wreck-It Ralph, and more.

Lynch was also on stage for the Broadway musical Funny Girl starring Beanie Feldstein.