Melanie Lynskey

Name: Melanie Lynskey ( Melanie Lynskey )
Born: May 16, 1977
Age: 46 years old
Birthplace: New Zealand
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches
Occupation: actress
Tags: actress
Relationship Status: married Jason Ritter
More info: show
  • Horoscope: Taurus
  • Net worth: $5 000 000
  • Ethnicity: Irish
  • Nationality: New Zealand
  • Fathers name: Tim Lynskey
  • Mothers name: Kay Lynskey
  • Education: New Plymouth Girls' High School; Victoria University of Wellington
  • Weight: 68.0
  • Hair color: Dark brown
  • Eye color: Dark brown
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    Melanie Lynskey: biography

    Melanie Lynskey is a New Zealand actress who has appeared in numerous movies and television shows.

    Childhood and youth

    Melanie Lynskey was born on May 16, 1977, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She grew up in a middle-class family and attended New Plymouth Girls' High School. Lynskey was interested in acting from a young age, and she began performing in school plays and local productions.

    Young Melanie Lynskey with her sister
    Young Melanie Lynskey with her sister / Instagram

    She was discovered by director Peter Jackson when she was 16 years old and was cast in the lead role of Pauline Parker in the film "Heavenly Creatures." The film was a critical success and launched Lynskey's acting career.

    Movie career

    Melanie Lynskey's movie career spans over two decades, with the New Zealand actress making a name for herself in a variety of genres. She made her film debut in 1994 with the critically acclaimed "Heavenly Creatures," a true-crime drama about two teenage girls who become dangerously obsessed with each other. Lynskey's performance as Pauline Parker earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards and the film helped launch her career in the United States.

    Following the success of "Heavenly Creatures," Lynskey moved to Los Angeles and began landing roles in both independent and mainstream films. She played a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Ever After" (1998) before taking on a lead role in the independent film "But I'm a Cheerleader" (1999), which gained a cult following for its satire of conversion therapy. She then appeared in "Coyote Ugly" (2000), "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), and "Shattered Glass" (2003), among other films.

    Lynskey's versatility as an actress allowed her to take on a wide range of roles, from comedic to dramatic. She appeared in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" (2009), opposite George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, and in "Win Win" (2011), a sports comedy-drama. She also co-starred in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012), an adaptation of the popular coming-of-age novel, and wrote and directed the independent film "Hello I Must Be Going" (2012), for which she received critical acclaim.

    In recent years, Lynskey has continued to work in both studio and independent films. She appeared in the horror-comedy "They Came Together" (2014) and the indie drama "Rainbow Time" (2016). She also starred in "Sadie" (2018), a drama about a teenage girl who is struggling to come to terms with her father's deployment in the military. In 2021, she starred in the critically acclaimed horror-comedy television series "Yellowjackets."

    Lynskey's ability to inhabit complex characters and her range as an actress have made her a respected figure in the film industry. Her contributions to both independent and mainstream cinema have solidified her status as one of the most talented and versatile actresses working today.

    Personal life

    Melanie Lynskey is known for keeping her personal life relatively private, but it is known that she has been married to actor Jimmi Simpson, whom she met while filming "Rose Red," since 2007. The couple announced their separation in 2012 and divorced in 2014.

    In February 2017 it became known that Melanie got engaged with American actor and producer Jason Ritter. Next year they became parents to their daughter. Finally, they got married in 2020.

    Melanie Lynskey with Jason Ritter
    Melanie Lynskey with Jason Ritter / Instagram

    Lynskey has spoken publicly about her struggles with anxiety and depression, which began when she was a child. She has said that acting has helped her cope with her mental health issues, as it allows her to explore different emotions and perspectives.

    In addition to acting, Lynskey is also an avid reader and a fan of podcasts. She has appeared as a guest on several popular podcasts, including "My Favorite Murder" and "The JV Club." She is also a supporter of various charitable causes, including the organization Oceana, which works to protect and restore the world's oceans.



    • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    • Ever After (1998)
    • Detroit Rock City (1999)
    • Coyote Ugly (2000)
    • Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
    • Shattered Glass (2003)
    • Up in the Air (2009)
    • Win Win (2011)
    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    • Hello I Must Be Going (2012) - also writer and director
    • They Came Together (2014)
    • Rainbow Time (2016)
    • Little Boxes (2016)
    • Sadie (2018)
    • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
    • XX (2017)
    • Yellowjackets (2021-present)
    • Mom (2021)
    • Lady of the Manor (2021)
    • Don’t look up (2022)


    • Two and a Half Men (2003-2015)
    • The Shield (2008)
    • Psych (2010-2014)
    • Togetherness (2015)
    • Castle Rock (2018-2019)
    • Mrs. America (2020)
    • Yellowjackets (2021- present)
    • Young Sheldon (2021)
    • Candy (2022)
    • The Last of Us (2023)

    This is not a comprehensive list, but it includes some of Lynskey's most well-known and critically acclaimed roles.

    Awards and nominations

    Here are some of the major awards and nominations that Melanie Lynskey has received throughout her career:

    • Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female (nomination) for her role in "Hello I Must Be Going" (2012)
    • SXSW Film Festival Gamechanger Award (winner) for "Hello I Must Be Going" (2012)
    • Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (nomination) for "Hello I Must Be Going" (2012)
    • Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (nomination) for her role in "Togetherness" (2015)
    • Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (nomination) for her role in "Mrs. America" (2020)
    • Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Horror Series (winner) for her role in "Yellowjackets" (2022)

    These are just some of the awards and nominations that Lynskey has received over the years. She has also been praised for her performances by critics and audiences alike.

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