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Melanie Lynskey


At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her astonishing debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (1994). Her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control was described as "perfect" (Richard Corliss, TIME), and earned Lynskey a... See full bio »

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Known For

Togetherness
Togetherness Michelle Pierson
(2015-2016)
Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures Pauline Parker
(1994)
Up in the Air
Up in the Air Julie Bingham
(2009)
The Intervention
(2016)

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 2018 Castle Rock (TV Series) (filming)
Molly Strand
- Episode #1.10 (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Episode #1.9 (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Episode #1.8 (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Episode #1.7 (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Filter (2018) ... Molly Strand
 2018 Sadie
Rae
 2017 Sunshine (TV Mini-Series)
Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.3 (2017) ... Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.2 (2017) ... Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Zara Skelton
 2017 The Changeover
Kate Chant
 2017 Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Jahre später (TV Series)
Laura
- End Summer Night's Dream (2017) ... Laura
- Reunion (2017) ... Laura
 2017 And Then I Go
Janice
 2017 Girlboss (TV Series)
Gail
- Garbage Person (2017) ... Gail
- Vintage Fashion Forum (2017) ... Gail
- Long-Ass Pants (2017) ... Gail
 2017 American Dad (TV Series)
Sharon
- A Whole Slotta Love (2017) ... Sharon (voice)
 2017 1 Mile to You
Coach Rowan
 2017 XX
Mary (segment "The Birthday Party")
 2017 Fremd in der Welt
Ruth
 2016 Our Ex-Wife (TV Series)
Sara
- Pilot (2016) ... Sara
 2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy
Becky
 2016 Little Boxes
Gina McNulty-Burns
 2015-2016 Togetherness (TV Series)
Michelle Pierson
- For the Kids (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- The Sand Situation (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- Geri-ina (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- Just the Range (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- Changetown (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
 2016 Animals. (TV Series)
Linda
- Squirrels Part II (2016) ... Linda (voice)
 2016 The Great & The Small
Margaret
 2016 Rainbow Time
Lindsay
 2016/I The Intervention
Annie
 2014-2015 Jake und die Nimmerland Piraten (TV Series)
Pearl
- Grandpa Bones/The Arctic Pearl (2014) ... Pearl (voice)
 2015 Key and Peele (TV Series)
Fiance
- The Job Interview (2015) ... Fiance
 2003-2015 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Rose
- Advantage: Fat, Flying Baby (2013) ... Rose
- Ferrets, Attack! (2012) ... Rose
 2015 Tim und Lee
Squiggy
 2014 Hinter der Gartenmauer (TV Mini-Series)
Beatrice
- Chapter 10: The Unknown (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 8: Babes in the Woods (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 6: Lullaby in Frogland (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 5: Mad Love (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 4: Songs of the Dark Lantern (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
 2014 Suddenly Single
Annie Wall
 2014 We'll Never Have Paris
Devon
 2014 Chu and Blossom
Miss Shoemaker
 2014 They Came Together
Brenda
 2014 Happy Christmas
Kelly
 2013 Teddy Bears
Hannah
 2012 Putzel
Sally
 2012 Vielleicht lieber morgen
Aunt Helen
 2012 Eye of the Hurricane
Amelia Kyte
 2010-2012 The Life & Times of Tim (TV Series)
Becky
- Action Packed Heist/Fall Foliage (2012) ... Becky (voice)
- A Tale of Two Rodneys/Keith to the Rescue (2012) ... Becky (voice)
- Debbie's Mom/The Escape Artist (2010) ... Becky (voice)
- The Salty Jazz/Jews Love to Laugh (2010) ... Becky (voice)
 2012 Dr. House (TV Series)
Natalie Tavares
- Better Half (2012) ... Natalie Tavares
 2011 Touchback
Macy
 2011 Win Win
Cindy
 2010 Memphis Beat (TV Series)
Annaliese Jones
- Polk Salad Annie (2010) ... Annaliese Jones
 2009 Leaves of Grass
Colleen
 2009 Der Informant!
Ginger Whitacre
 2009/I Up in the Air
Julie Bingham
 2008 A Quiet Little Marriage
Monique
 2008 Show of Hands
Jess
 2008 The L Word - Wenn Frauen Frauen lieben (TV Series)
Clea Mason
- Loyal and True (2008) ... Clea Mason
- Lunar Cycle (2008) ... Clea Mason
 2008 Psych (TV Series)
Emily Bloom
- Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion (2008) ... Emily Bloom
 2008 Comanche Moon (TV Mini-Series)
Pearl Coleman
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Pearl Coleman
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Pearl Coleman
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Pearl Coleman
 2007 Drive (TV Series)
Wendy Patrakas
- Unaired Pilot (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- Rearview (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- The Extra Mile (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- No Turning Back (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- Let the Games Begin (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
 2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Plastic Surgery Lady (uncredited)
 2006 Flags of Our Fathers
Pauline Harnois
 2006 Mittagspause
Sheryl
 2005 Say Uncle
Susan
 2004 The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder (Short)
Zoe Cadwaulder
 2003 Claustrophobia
Lauren
 2003 The Shield - Gesetz der Gewalt (TV Series)
Marcy
- Barnstormers (2003) ... Marcy
- Partners (2003) ... Marcy
 2002 Abandon - Ein mörderisches Spiel
Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
 2002 Stephen Kings Haus der Verdammnis (TV Mini-Series)
Rachel Wheaton
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Rachel Wheaton
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Rachel Wheaton
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Rachel Wheaton
 2002 Shooters
Marie
 2001 Snakeskin
Alice
 2000 Coyote Ugly
Gloria
 1999 Measureless to Man (Short)
 1999 The Cherry Orchard
Dunyasha
 1999 Detroit Rock City
Beth
 1999 Foreign Correspondents
Melody
 1998 Auf immer und ewig
Jacqueline
 1996 The Frighteners
Deputy
 1994 Heavenly Creatures
Pauline Parker
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: "Waiting on Love" by Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Publicity Listings:

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Melanie Jayne Lynskey

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

The thing that I really, really don't like is when [a director] is overly specific, when you walk into a rehearsal and someone says: "Now you walk over here, and you open the cupboard, and you take this out. Then you stand here and you deliver this line." And they give you line readings. I don't like feeling like somebody doesn't trust me to bring what I'm going to bring to it... I get really ... See more »

Trivia:

Received coaching from co-star Sarah Peirse for her debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994). See more »

Nickname:

Mel

Star Sign:

Taurus

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