An accomplished and versatile actress, New Zealand born Melanie Lynskey took audiences by storm in 1994 with her award winning performance (1995 Best Actress in Film; New Zealand Film & Television Awards) in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” opposite Kate Winslet. Since then, she has amassed a number of credits both in features and television.
Melanie can next be seen in “Happy Christmas”, which will premiere January 2014 at the Sundance Competition.
In 2012, Lynskey was seen in Todd Luiso’s film “Hello I Must Be Going” written by Sarah Koskoff. The film opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was rated one of the “Top Ten Independent Films” of the year by the National Board of Review. Lynskey’s performance in the film has earned her critical praise, including a nomination for a 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award in the category of ‘Breakthrough Actor.’ Lynskey appeared in Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and Lorene Scafaria’s “Seeking a Friend at the End of the World.” She recently wrapped production on the comedy “They Came Together” starring opposite Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon.
Some of Lynskey’s previous film credits include “Touchback”; “Show of Hands” for the New Zealand Film Commission; “Eye of the Hurricane”; Tom McCarthy’s “Win Win”; Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air”; the independent feature “Helena from the Wedding;” Tim Blake Nelson’s ”Leaves of Grass” opposite Edward Norton; Steven Soderbergh’s’ “The Informant” opposite Matt Damon; Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go;” and Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers,” where Lynskey played the female lead.
Other film credits include: Andy Tennant’s “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore; “Sweet Home Alabama” with Reese Witherspoon; Billy Ray’s “Shattered Glass” with Peter Sarsgaard; Michael Cacoyannis’ “The Cherry Orchard” with Charlotte Rampling and the late Alan Bates. The independent New Zealand road movie “Snakeskin,” garnered Lynskey her second New Zealand Film and Television Award Nomination for Best Actress. She received excellent notices for her work in Stephen Gaghans’ directorial debut film ”Abandon.”
On television, Lynskey is the lead in the HBO series “Togetherness” from the Duplass brothers. Audiences also continue to love Melanie in her recurring role as Rose in the long-running CBS series “Two and a Half Men.” Other television credits for Lynskey include: A recurring character on the HBO animated series “The Life & Times of Tim” as well as guest starring roles on a number of series, most notably: “House”, “Memphis Beat;” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia;” “The L Word;” “Psych;” “The Shield;” and was one of the leads in the FOX Series, “Drive.” Lynskey also starred in the television miniseries “Comanche Moon (CBS),” the prequel to “Lonesome Dove;” as well as Stephen King’s “Rose Red (ABC).” In addition to her live action television appearances, Melanie will also be the voice of Beatrice on the animated series, “Tome of the Unknown”.
Lynskey currently resides in Los Angeles.