BBC’s Newsnight was forced to defend a Brexit-supporting vicar amid bizarre claims she was an actor hired to back Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
Lynn Hayter appeared on the show to defend the PM’s blueprint to withdraw from Europe – but it later emerged has appeared in Star Wars and Eastenders under another name.
Wearing a dog collar, she went to war with other panellists over the EU, saying she was was a lifelong Conservative.
Lynn is a pastor for the Seeds for Wealth Ministries – a small practice that offers “financial freedom through Christ.”
But she is also an on-screen extra working under her middle name Marina.
The revelation sparked theories she was a hired plant, put on TV by the BBC to appear on the show.
Lynn recently appeared in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
She has also starred in Foster Florence Jenkins, King Arthur, Eastenders, Wonderwoman, Mr Selfridge, The Crown and Now You See Me 2.
Her online acting profile says she can do accents as varied as Grimsby, Kent, London and Northern England.
She says she has “acting, modelling, film, and TV experience”, can sing soprano, play piano, ice skate, horse ride and dance the Argentine Tango.
She writes: “I have over 25yrs in the business and i thoroughly enjoy my job.
“I’m professional, punctual and polite, i have been told I am a directors dream!”
Twitter users and hard-left website the Canary also weighed in with accusations she had been booked and was a “Brexit deal fan girl”.
Remain supporting Labour peer Andrew Adonis tweeted: “Is it true that @BBCNewsnight engaged actors to put the Leave argument in a recent studio discussion because they wanted the Leave case put more strongly?”
He accused the Beeb of a “reign of lies”
Another person tweeted: “‘Reverend Lynn’ is in fact Marina Hayter.
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“She has played numerous roles including Peasant Woman, quizzical librarian and shocked neighbour but no vicars until her starring role as Brexit deal fan girl on Newsnight.”
A BBC spokesman last night branded the claims that she was a paid actor as “false”.
The spokesman added: “Lynn is a pastor and was a genuine participant of our Brexit debate. She carries out work as an extra using her middle name but this is not relevant to the capacity in which she appeared.”
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