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Melanie Lynskey


At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (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 ... 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)

Filmography

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 2017 Sadie (post-production)
Rae
 2017 The Changeover (post-production)
Kate Chant
 2017 Sunshine (TV Mini-Series)
Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.4 ... Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.3 ... Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.2 ... Zara Skelton
- Episode #1.1 ... Zara Skelton
 2017 Girlboss (TV Series)
Gail
- Garbage Person (2017) ... Gail
- Long-Ass Pants (2017) ... Gail
 2017 American Dad! (TV Series)
Sharon
- A Whole Slotta Love (2017) ... Sharon (voice)
 2017 XX
Mary (segment "The Birthday Party")
 2016 Our Ex-Wife (TV Series)
Sara
- Pilot (2016) ... Sara
 2016 Animals. (TV Series)
Linda
- Squirrels Part II (2016) ... Linda (voice)
 2015 Key and Peele (TV Series)
Fiance
- The Job Interview (2015) ... Fiance
 2014-2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates (TV Series)
Pearl
- Grandpa Bones/The Arctic Pearl (2014) ... Pearl (voice)
 2012 Putzel
Sally
 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 House M.D. (TV Series)
Natalie Tavares
 2011 Touchback
Macy
 2011 Win Win
Cindy
 2010 Memphis Beat (TV Series)
Annaliese Jones
- Polk Salad Annie (2010) ... Annaliese Jones
 2009 Away We Go
Munch
 2008 A Quiet Little Marriage
Monique
 2008 Show of Hands
Jess
 2008 The L Word (TV Series)
Clea Mason
- Loyal and True (2008) ... Clea Mason
- Lunar Cycle (2008) ... Clea Mason
 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 Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Plastic Surgery Lady (uncredited)
 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
 2006 Park
Sheryl
 2005 Say Uncle
Susan
 2004 The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder (Short)
Zoe Cadwaulder
 2003 Claustrophobia
Lauren
 2003 The Shield (TV Series)
Marcy
- Barnstormers (2003) ... Marcy
- Partners (2003) ... Marcy
 2002 Abandon
Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
 2002 Rose Red (TV Mini-Series)
Rachel Wheaton
 2002 Shooters
Marie
 2001 Snakeskin
Alice
 1999 Measureless to Man (Short)
 1999 Foreign Correspondents
Melody
 1996 The Frighteners
Deputy
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Melanie Jayne Lynskey

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

The first audition I ever did, the casting director said, "I don't know why you're here. You're never going to work in America. You don't look right. You don't have the right kind of personality. I don't even know if you can do an American accent. Maybe you can try England." Other people were nice, but that's the first thing I ever heard when I came here. It made me more determined. See more »

Trivia:

Her favorite authors are Margaret Atwood and Milan Kundera. See more »

Nickname:

Mel

Star Sign:

Taurus

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