• 16 May 1977
  •  New Plymouth, New Zealand

Melanie Lynskey

Biography

At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Créatures célestes (1994), achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control. Following a three-year hiatus spent studying at university and re-locating from New Zealand to Los Angeles, Lynskey made a welcome return to the silver screen when she was cast opposite Drew Barrymore in Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998). Parts in Detroit Rock City (1999), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), Snakeskin (2001), Abandon (2002), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Shattered Glass (2003) and Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers (2006) came next. In recent years, Lynskey has worked her scene-stealing magic in a variety of projects, such as Sam Mendes's Away We Go (2009), Best Picture Oscar nominee Up in the Air (2009), Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! (2009), Leaves of Grass (2009), Win Win (2011), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). Prolific supporting roles - opposite the likes of George Clooney, Edward Norton and Matt Damon - aside, central parts in Hello I Must Be Going (2012), Happy Christmas (2014), Goodbye to All That (2014), We'll Never Have Paris (2014), The Intervention (2016) (for which she scooped a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival), Rainbow Time (2016) and I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017) have proved that she is also a capable and charismatic leading lady. In addition to an impressive body of film work, Lynskey has appeared regularly on the small screen since her television debut in Stephen King's Rose Red (2002), which was followed by roles in Drive (2007) and Comanche Moon (2008), as well as guest stints on The Shield (2002), The L Word (2004), and House (2004). However, she's probably best known to TV audiences for her frequent appearances as Rose - Charlie Sheen's delightfully deranged stalker - on the Emmy Award-winning Two and a Half Men (2003), and her portrayal of Michelle Pierson on HBO's Togetherness (2015), for which she received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Filmography

Movie Name Release Date
Castle Rock 2018-07-25