Jane Lynch has announced that she and her wife are divorcing after three years of marriage.

The Glee star married clinical psychologist Lara Embry in June 2010 after they met at a fundraiser the previous year.

The 52-year-old actress has now revealed that they have made the "difficult decision" to split up.

She said in a statement to People: "Lara and I have decided to end our marriage.

"This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter."

Lynch is best known for her role as high school cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester in Fox's hit musical comedy series Glee.

The actress can currently be seen on Broadway in a revival of Annie as the evil Miss Hannigan.