Lyn James

Lyn James (13 November 1929 – 31 May 2017), credited also as Marilyn James, was a Welsh-born actress of stage and screen and director, who became known for her career in England and later Australia, particularly in the soap opera The Young Doctors[1] She grew up in the Rhondda Valley area.[2]

Lyn James
Margaret James

(1929-11-13)13 November 1929
Died31 May 2017(2017-05-31) (aged 87)
  • Stage and screen actress
  • director
Years active1949–2002
Spouse(s)Eric Tayler (19??-1997)
Children2 including Sally Tayler, actress


She was born Margaret James, the daughter of theatre actor and producer Jack James and granddaughter of photographer Levi Ladd. After graduating from RADA, James made her professional debut as an actress in 1949, then appearing in numerous plays and serials in England for the BBC. After meeting her husband they emigrated to Australia in 1965, and, credited now as "Lyn James", appeared in numerous Crawford Productions series, before she became best known internationally for her role as doctors secretary Helen Gordon in the Australian television soap opera The Young Doctors.[3] She appeared in the series from its inception in 1976, until it ended in 1983, one of only a few actors to appear for the duration of the series.[3]

Personal life

James was married to the New Zealand producer Eric Tayler, a fellow RADA graduate, and they had two children, one of whom is the Australia actress Sally Tayler, who also appeared with her in The Young Doctor's.[1]

James final screen appearance was in 2002 and she died in Sydney, Australia, aged 87, on 31 May 2017.[3]


  1. Houghton, Tom (1 June 2017). "Rhondda soap star Lyn James has died age 87". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  2. "Young Doctors Star Lyn James Dies". ATV Today. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. "The Young Doctors star Lyn James has died in Sydney at the age of 87". The Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
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