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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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Togetherness Michelle Pierson
Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures Pauline Parker
Up in the Air
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The Intervention


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 2017 The Changeover (post-production)
Kate Chant
 2017 XX
Mary (segment "The Birthday Party")
 2012 Putzel
 2011 Touchback
 2011 Win Win
 2009 Away We Go
 2008 A Quiet Little Marriage
 2008 Show of Hands
 2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Plastic Surgery Lady (uncredited)
 2006 Park
 2005 Say Uncle
 2003 Claustrophobia
 2002 Abandon
Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
 2002 Shooters
 2001 Snakeskin
 1999 Foreign Correspondents
 1996 The Frighteners
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Music video: "Waiting on Love" by Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

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Melanie Jayne Lynskey


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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When I was doing The Informant! (2009), Matt Damon said something to me that I really have lived by ever since... "At the end of your career, when someone looks over your filmography, all they remember is if the movie was good or not." They're not saying, "Oh, he got to play that crazy character!" or, "Oh, all those people were in that movie"... so, if you consistently choose good scripts - ... See more »


(1999-2000) Lived in London with Andrew Howard, whom she met during the filming of The Cherry Orchard (1999). See more »



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