Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

Highest Rated: 94% Win Win (2011)

Lowest Rated: 16% Abandon (2002)

Birthday: May 16, 1977

Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand

Born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand, 16 year-old Melanie Lynskey was discovered when she was chosen by Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson to star in their film "Heavenly Creatures" (1994). Directed by Jackson, the film told the story of the notorious Parker-Hulme murder case, in which two teenage girls murdered the mother of one of them. Lynskey and Kate Winslet were roundly praised for their roles and Jackson and Walsh earned an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Lynskey won Best Actress for the role in her native New Zealand. Her first role behind her, Lynskey finished school and played a supporting role in Jackson's next film, "The Frighteners" (1996). She played both supporting roles in larger budget studio films like "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998) starring Drew Barrymore, as well as meatier roles in independent features like "But I'm A Cheerleader" (1999). In 2003, Lynskey landed a regular guest starring role on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2015), and continued to make appearances on the show over the course of its 12 seasons. The consistent work allowed Lynskey to continue her unusual career path, contributing critically acclaimed performances to smaller films like "Shattered Glass" (2003), "The Informant!" (2009), and "Win Win" (2011). In 2015, Lynskey debuted in one of the lead roles on "Togetherness" (HBO, 2015-16), again earning rave reviews. In 2018, Lynskey played one of the leads on the show "Castle Rock" (Hulu, 2018-), a series based on the stories of Stephen King.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
76% 81% Sadie Rae (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 65% 1 Mile to You Coach Rowan (Character) - 2017
92% 76% And Then I Go Janice (Character) - 2017
89% 76% I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Ruth Kimke (Character) - 2017
69% 68% The Changeover Kate Chant (Character) - 2017
70% 19% XX Mary (Segment: "The Birthday Party") (Character) $30.1K 2017
74% 40% Folk Hero & Funny Guy Becky (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 77% The Great & The Small Margaret (Character) - 2016
78% 49% The Intervention Annie (Character) - 2016
67% 48% Little Boxes Gina (Character) - 2016
67% 48% Rainbow Time Lindsay (Character) - 2016
66% 41% Digging for Fire Squiggy (Character) $119.4K 2015
No Score Yet 62% Chu and Blossom Miss Shoemaker (Character) - 2014
76% 37% Happy Christmas Kelly (Character) $30.1K 2014
62% 31% Goodbye to All That Annie (Character) $9K 2014
33% 18% We'll Never Have Paris Devon (Character) - 2014
68% 39% They Came Together Brenda (Character) - 2014
55% 27% Teddy Bears Hannah (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 79% Eye of the Hurricane Amelia Kyte (Character) - 2012
75% 55% Hello I Must Be Going Amy (Character) $25K 2012
No Score Yet 62% Putzel Sally (Character) - 2012
55% 53% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Karen (Character) $6.6M 2012
86% 89% The Perks of Being a Wallflower Aunt Helen (Character) $17.7M 2012
94% 85% Win Win Cindy Timmons (Character) $10.2M 2011
38% 63% Touchback Macy (Character) $204.1K 2011
50% 25% Helena From the Wedding Alice (Character) - 2010
90% 79% Up in the Air Julie Bingham (Character) $83.8M 2009
79% 44% The Informant! Ginger Whitacre (Character) $33.3M 2009
61% 49% Leaves of Grass Colleen (Character) $68K 2009
68% 74% Away We Go Munch (Character) $9.4M 2009
No Score Yet 33% Show of Hands Jess (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 50% A Quiet Little Marriage Monique (Character) - 2008
73% 69% Flags of Our Fathers Pauline Harnois (Character) $33.6M 2006
36% 48% Park Sheryl (Character) - 2006
17% 41% Say Uncle Susan (Character) $5.2K 2005
92% 79% Shattered Glass Amy Brand (Character) $2.2M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rose Red Rachel Wheaton (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 45% Shooters Marie (Character) - 2002
16% 31% Abandon Mousy Julie (Character) $10.7M 2002
38% 78% Sweet Home Alabama Lurlynn (Character) $127.2M 2002
No Score Yet 56% Snakeskin Alice (Character) - 2001
23% 71% Coyote Ugly Gloria (Character) $60.8M 2000
54% 30% The Cherry Orchard Dunyasha (Character) $131.2K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Foreign Correspondents Melody (Character) - 1999
48% 82% Detroit Rock City Beth Bumsteen (Character) $4.2M 1999
91% 84% Ever After: A Cinderella Story Jacqueline De Ghent (Character) $65.7M 1998
92% 83% Heavenly Creatures Pauline Yvonne (Parker) Rieper (Character) $870.8K 1994

TV

Credit
90% 86% Easy Beth (Character) 2019
88% 80% Castle Rock Molly Strand (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Future-Worm! Megan Douglas (Voice) 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunshine Zara Skelton (Character) 2017
No Score Yet 90% American Dad Sharon (Guest Voice) 2017
90% 87% Togetherness Michelle Pierson (Character) 2015-2016
65% 65% Two and a Half Men Rose (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2003-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeff Probst Show Guest 2012
90% 96% House Natalie Tavares (Guest Star) 2012
96% 93% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Kate (Guest Star) 2009
65% No Score Yet Drive Wendy Patrakas (Character) 2007
90% 96% The Shield Marcy (Guest Star) 2003

QUOTES FROM Melanie Lynskey CHARACTERS

Karen says: I'm going to take a pottery class and eat whatever I want, and maybe spend alittle time with someone special

Karen says: I'm going to take a pottery class and eat whatever I want, and maybe spend alittle time with someone special.

Dodge says: Oh me, uh what was the question?

Lurlynn says: You know he went up there?

Melanie Carmichael says: Who? Jake?

Lurlynn says: I'm not supposed to know but Clinton let it slip once.

Melanie Carmichael says: When?

Lurlynn says: About a year after you left. He told Clinton he'd never seen anything like it. He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He'd have to conquer the world first. He's been tryin' ever since

Lurlynn says: About a year after you left. He told Clinton he'd never seen anything like it. He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He'd have to conquer the world first. He's been tryin' ever since.

Melanie Carmichael says: That's why he kept sendin' the papers back

Melanie Carmichael says: That's why he kept sendin' the papers back.

Pauline Parker says: We have realized why Deborah and I have such extraordinary telepathy and why people treat us and look at us the way they do. It is because we are mad! We are both stark raving mad!

Pauline Parker says: The genius of these two is understood by so few, the are so rare.

Aunt Helen says: It'll be our little secret.

Aunt Helen says: It'll be our little secret, Charlie.

Jacqueline says: Of course, I shall never forget how Marguerite's feet went over her head like that.

Jacqueline says: Where did you get this?

Rodmilla says: They're Danielle's dowry. For her wedding.

Marguerite says: Cinderella, married? To who, the chimney sweep?

Rodmilla says: Jacqueline, go and biol some water.

Jacqueline says: Me, boil water? Oh, I knew it! I just knew it!

Jacqueline says: Marguerite gets to do everything.

Marguerite says: Oh, don't be daft, Jacqueline. The queen doesn't even know you exist.

Rodmilla says: What Marguerite does is for all of us, my dear. We are counting on you to help her get ready.

Jacqueline says: Lovely! Next thing you know I shall be cleaning out the fireplace with Danielle!

Rodmilla says: Marguerite, Jacqueline, gather everything that would fetch a price. We're going to town first thing in the morning.

Jacqueline says: Mother, it's only a ball.

Rodmilla says: Yes, and you're only going for food.

Rodmilla says: Jacqueline, darling, I;d hate to think you had anything to do with this.

Rodmilla says: Jacqueline, darling, I'd hate to think you had anything to do with this.

Jacqueline says: Course not, mother, I'm only here for the food.

Julie Bingham says: Just because we can't travel, doesn't mean we can't have pictures!