Birth Name: Melanie Jayne Lynskey
Date of Birth: 16 May 1977
Place of Birth: New Plymouth, New Zealand

IMDB bio:
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated filmgoers with an astonishing debut in Peter Jackson’s revered psychological crime picture, Heavenly Creatures (1994). Her bold embodiment of the real-life Pauline Parker – a teenage outcast whose fierce bond with her only friend (a pre-stardom Kate Winslet) spiralled dangerously out of control – was heralded by TIME’s Richard Corliss as “perfect”, whilst earning the young New Zealander a Best Actress trophy in her motherland. Following a three-year hiatus spent studying at university and re-locating to Los Angeles, Lynskey made a welcome return to the silver screen when she was cast as Drew Barrymore’s lovable stepsister in Andy Tennant’s feminist fairy tale reworking, Ever After (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 Oscar-nominated war epic Flags of Our Fathers (2006) came next.

In the ensuing years, Lynskey emerged as one of the industry’s most celebrated character actors, gaining plaudits for a succession of notable turns in prestige vehicles such as Sam Mendes’s Away We Go (2009), Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air (2009), Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! (2009), Tom McCarthy’s Win Win (2011), Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up (2021). Prolific supporting roles – opposite the calibre of George Clooney, Edward Norton, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio – aside, headline appearances in Hello I Must Be Going (2012), Happy Christmas (2014), The Intervention (2016) – for which she received a Special Jury Prize at Sundance – and the genre-bending I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) have equally proved her mettle as a dynamite leading lady.

On television, Lynskey has worked her scene-stealing magic in an eclectic mixture of projects, such as the enormously successful Two and a Half Men (2003), where she appeared for twelve years as Charlie Sheen’s duplicitous admirer, Rose; the acclaimed HBO dramedy Togetherness (2015), for which she nabbed a Critics’ Choice nomination for her “sublime” (Vanity Fair) portrayal of a dissatisfied stay-at-home mother; the supernatural horror series Castle Rock (2018), where she headlined as troubled psychic Molly Strand; and the critically lauded miniseries Mrs. America (2020), in which she co-starred with Cate Blanchett. In 2022, Lynskey collected a coveted Critics’ Choice Award (Best Actress in a Drama Series) for her mesmerising portrayal of Shauna – a suburban housewife harbouring grim secrets – on Showtime’s furiously popular Yellowjackets (2021), with Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone describing her work as the “dark, messy, charismatic part she’s been waiting her whole career to play”.

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Current Projects
2021-2024Melanie as Shauna
A wildly talented high school girl soccer team becomes the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Canadian wilderness.
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
2024Melanie as Heather Morris
Based on the eponymously titled novel, this is the powerful real-life story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner who was tasked with tattooing ID numbers on prisoners' arms in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War Two.
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