|Date of Birth||16 May 1977, New Plymouth, New Zealand|
|Birth Name||Melanie Jayne Lynskey|
|Height||5' 7" (1.7 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (1994), scooping a Best Actress prize at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control.
Following a three-year hiatus spent studying at university and re-locating from New Zealand to Los Angeles, Lynskey made a welcome return to the silver screen when she was cast opposite Drew Barrymore in Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998). Parts in Detroit Rock City (1999), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), The Cherry Orchard (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), Shooters (2002), Abandon (2002), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Shattered Glass (2003) and Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers (2006) came next.
In recent years, Lynskey has worked her scene-stealing magic in a variety of projects, such as Sam Mendes' Away We Go (2009), Best Picture Oscar nominee Up in the Air (2009), Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! (2009), Leaves of Grass (2009), Win Win (2011), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
Prolific supporting roles - opposite the likes of George Clooney and Matt Damon - aside, central parts in Snakeskin (2001), Show of Hands (2008), Helena from the Wedding (2010), Touchback (2011), Hello I Must Be Going (2012), Putzel (2012), The Big Ask (2013), Happy Christmas (2014), We'll Never Have Paris (2014) and Goodbye to All That (2014) have proved that she is also a capable and charismatic leading lady.
In addition to an impressive body of film work, Lynskey has appeared regularly on the small screen since her television debut in Stephen King's Rose Red (2002), which was followed by roles in Drive (2007) and Comanche Moon (2008), as well as guest stints on The Shield (2002), The L Word (2004) and House M.D. (2004). However, she's probably best known to TV audiences for her frequent appearances as Rose - Charlie Sheen's delightfully deranged stalker - on the Emmy Award-winning Two and a Half Men (2003), and her portrayal of Michelle Pierson on HBO's critically lauded Togetherness (2015).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nate
|Jimmi Simpson||(14 April 2007 - 22 May 2014) (divorced)|