Lynda Stoner

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Lynda Stoner
Lynda Stoner - photo by David Shapter, HarbourView Magazine.jpg
Stoner pictured in 2009
Born (1953-09-10) 10 September 1953 (age 66)
ResidenceMosman, New South Wales[1]
OccupationTelevision actor;
Animal rights activist
Spouse(s)Peter Sumner (m=?-2016, his death)
ChildrenLuke Sumner

Lynda Stoner (born 10 September 1953) is an Australian animal rights activist and former actress.[2] She is the chief executive of Animal Liberation, an animal rights charity.[3]

Stoner is an Animal Justice Party candidate for the Senate representing New South Wales at the 2016 federal election.[1][4]


In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stoner was known for several roles on Australian television and was popularly regarded as a sex symbol. She appeared in The Paul Hogan Show, then had leading regular roles in the soap opera The Young Doctors from 1977 to 1979 and followed this with the police drama Cop Shop.[2][5] In 1985 she played the glamorous villain Eve Wilder in the cult soap opera Prisoner and her character was spectacularly lynched during the infamous episode 600 riot, screened in 1986. This was followed by a guest role in the raunchy drama serial Chances in 1991 where she played a sex therapist.

Stoner worked in theatre, predominantly on stage in productions including Don's Party, Rumours, Are You Lonesome Tonight, and Emerald City.[citation needed] One of her cinema roles is the 1982 exploitation film Turkey Shoot, made during a break from Cop Shop.[citation needed] In 2011 she appeared in the Australian suspense-thriller film Crawl.

Stoner became a prominent spokesperson for animal rights issues in the early 1980s. She currently holds the position of Chief Executive, Animal Liberation NSW. In May 2013, Stoner compared hunting photos to images of child pornography, bestiality, snuff murders, rape and torture.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Stoner was married to actor Peter Sumner until his death in 2016. They have a son, Luke. She was once engaged to media personality, and former senator Derryn Hinch .[4][6]


  1. ^ a b Crawford, Kate (1 June 2016). "Lynda Stoner, Australian TV's glamour girl of the 1970s, is running for senate at the 2016 federal election". Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Lynda Stoner feature", Animal Liberation. 5 June 2000. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Andrew (5 May 2013). "Death threats for artist and hunting model". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b Knox, David (2 June 2016). "Lynda Stoner to stand for Senate". TV Tonight. Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Busted! Linda Stoner’s day in a real cop shop ", 21 April 1979. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Lynda Stoner and Derryn Hinch". Retrieved 10 September 2013.[dead link]

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