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Also Known As: Melanie Jayne Lynskey Died:
Born: May 16, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: actor

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Born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand, 16 year-old Melanie Lynskey was discovered when she was chosen by Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson to star in their film "Heavenly Creatures" (1994). Directed by Jackson, the film told the story of the notorious Parker-Hulme murder case, in which two teenage girls murdered the mother of one of them. Lynskey and Kate Winslet were roundly praised for their roles and Jackson and Walsh earned an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Lynskey won Best Actress for the role in her native New Zealand. Her first role behind her, Lynskey finished school and played a supporting role in Jackson's next film, "The Frighteners" (1996). She played both supporting roles in larger budget studio films like "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998) starring Drew Barrymore, as well as meatier roles in independent features like "But I'm A Cheerleader" (1999). In 2003, Lynskey landed a regular guest starring role on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2015), and continued to make appearances on the show over the course of its 12 seasons. The consistent work allowed Lynskey to continue her unusual career path, contributing critically acclaimed performances to smaller...

Born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand, 16 year-old Melanie Lynskey was discovered when she was chosen by Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson to star in their film "Heavenly Creatures" (1994). Directed by Jackson, the film told the story of the notorious Parker-Hulme murder case, in which two teenage girls murdered the mother of one of them. Lynskey and Kate Winslet were roundly praised for their roles and Jackson and Walsh earned an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Lynskey won Best Actress for the role in her native New Zealand. Her first role behind her, Lynskey finished school and played a supporting role in Jackson's next film, "The Frighteners" (1996). She played both supporting roles in larger budget studio films like "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998) starring Drew Barrymore, as well as meatier roles in independent features like "But I'm A Cheerleader" (1999). In 2003, Lynskey landed a regular guest starring role on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2015), and continued to make appearances on the show over the course of its 12 seasons. The consistent work allowed Lynskey to continue her unusual career path, contributing critically acclaimed performances to smaller films like "Shattered Glass" (2003), "The Informant!" (2009), and "Win Win" (2011). In 2015, Lynskey debuted in one of the lead roles on "Togetherness" (HBO, 2015-16), again earning rave reviews. In 2018, Lynskey played one of the leads on the show "Castle Rock" (Hulu, 2018-), a series based on the stories of Stephen King.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sadie (2018)
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 XX (2017)
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 Changeover, The (2017)
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 Rainbow Time (2016)
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 Digging for Fire (2015)
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 Happy Christmas (2014)
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1999:
Appeared in Adam Rifkin's cult film "Detroit Rock City"
2003:
Guest starred on "The Shield" (FX) as a neighborhood psychopath
2008:
Played the lead in the romantic film "Show of Hands"
2000:
Played supporting role in "Coyote Ugly" as Piper Perabo's best friend
2009:
Played title character's wife Ginger Whitacre opposite Matt Damon in "The Informant!"
2002:
Co-starred in the Stephen King miniseries "Red Rose" (ABC)
1999:
Co-starred with Natasha Lyonne in "But I'm a Cheerleader"
2012:
Starred as a young divorcée who moves back in with her parents in romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going"
2014:
Appeared in "They Came Together"
2014:
Landed a role on the mini-series "Over the Garden Wall"
2016:
Appeared in "The Great & The Small"
2009:
Appeared in Sam Mendes' independent film "Away We Go"
2003:
First appeared on "Two and a Half Men"
1999:
Co-starred in an adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play "The Cherry Orchard" alongside Charlotte Rampling and Gerard Butler
2006:
Landed substantial role in Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Flags of Our Fathers"
2009:
Featured in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney
1994:
Landed lead role in the film "Heavenly Creatures"
1998:
Played one of the stepsisters in "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," starring Drew Barrymore in the title role
2002:
Played Reese Witherspoon's childhood friend in "Sweet Home Alabama"
1996:
Re-teamed with Jackson to play a police deputy in "The Frighteners"
2003:
Starred opposite Hayden Christensen in "Shattered Glass"
2012:
Cast opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"
2012:
Played supporting role in feature adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written and directed by the novel's author Stephen Chbosky
2015:
Joined the cast of HBO's "Togetherness"
2017:
Played Ruth Kimke in "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore"
2016:
Played Lindsay in "Rainbow Time"
2018:
Starred in Stephen King's horror anthology series "Castle Rock"
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Education

Victoria University of Wellington: -
New Plymouth Girls' High School: -

Notes

"Right after all that wonderful attention for 'Heavenly', I spent three months in Hollywood auditioning with skinny, gorgeous, terrifying girls. Casting directors would look me over, sigh and say, 'You were so good in that movie, but I don't know what else to do with you.' I got fixated on how I looked, whether I was thin enough or my face was too wide. It was awful."

"Acting was all I'd ever wanted to do, but after an amazing director for whom I was auditioning told me, 'I'm getting nothing from you. Something's destroyed you,' I broke down crying, saying, 'I've just had the worst time in Hollywood.' She advised me, 'Go away for three months and reclaim yourself.'" --Melanie Lynskey in MOVIELINE, May 1999

"Some actors only like doing what they know they're good at, but not me. I want to be like Julianne Moore and get to do things that scare me--and keep on doing them until I'm very old." --Lynskey to MOVIELINE, May 1999

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companion:
Andrew Howard. Actor. Welsh; met while shooting "Varya" (filmed in 1998), a movie version of "The Cherry Orchard"; living together in London as of May 1999.

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