May. 16th, 1977
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Melanie Lynskey's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Up in the Air
2009 - The Informant!
2009 - Away We Go
2008 - Show of Hands
2008 - A Quiet Little Marriage
2007 - Itty Bitty Titty Committee
2006 - Flags of Our Fathers
2006 - Park
2003 - Shattered Glass
2003 - Claustrophobia
2002 - Sweet Home Alabama
2002 - Abandon
2000 - Coyote Ugly
1999 - Detroit Rock City
1999 - But I'm a Cheerleader
1999 - The Cherry Orchard
1996 - The Frighteners
1994 - Heavenly Creatures
Guest TV Roles
At 16 years old, Melanie Lynskey wowed audiences with her explosive portrayal of a teenage murderess in Peter Jackson (I)'s Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (1994), opposite Kate Winslet. Despite spending four years out of the limelight to attend university and re-locate to Los Angeles, the New Zealand native made a welcome return to the silver screen when she starred alongside Drew Barrymore (I) in the acclaimed Ever After (1998). She's since appeared in Coyote Ugly (2000), Stephen King (I)'s "Rose Red" (2002), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Shattered Glass (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), "Comanche Moon" (2008), Away We Go (2009) and The Informant! (2009), and turns up regularly as Rose - Charlie Sheen (I)'s adorable stalker - on the Emmy Award-winning "Two and a Half Men" (2003).
- Was at one time slated to appear in an episode of _"Angel" (1999)_ (qv), in a role written especially for her by the show's producer, 'Joss Whedon' (qv).
- Auditioned for roles in _The Crucible (1996)_ (qv), _Scream (1996/I)_ (qv) and _Cousin Bette (1998)_ (qv).
- Received coaching from co-star 'Sarah Peirse' (qv) for her role in _Heavenly Creatures (1994)_ (qv).
- One of her best friends is 'Emily Deschanel' (qv), sister of 'Zooey Deschanel' (qv).
- Considered one of New Zealand's most internationally successful actors.
- She has a dog named Mouse, a chihuahua-dachshund mix.
- She had ambitions, prior to _Heavenly Creatures (1994)_ (qv), to become a film critic.
- Had a production company called Velvet Morning Productions.