Melanie Lynskey


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At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated filmgoers with an astonishing debut in Peter Jackson's revered psychological crime picture, Heavenly Creatures (1994). Her bold embodiment of the real-life Pauline Parker - a teenage outcast whose fierce bond with her only friend (a pre-stardom Kate Winslet) spiralled dangerously out of control - was ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Togetherness Michelle Pierson
(2015-2016)
Heavenly Creatures Pauline Parker
(1994)
Up in the Air Julie Bingham
(2009)
(2016)

Filmography

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 2023 The Last of Us (TV Series) (post-production)
Kathleen
- Episode #1.1 (2023) ... Kathleen
- Episode #1.9 ... Kathleen
 2022 Candy (TV Mini Series)
Betty Gore
- The Fight (2022) ... Betty Gore
- Cover Girl (2022) ... Betty Gore
- Overkill (2022) ... Betty Gore
- Happy Wife, Happy Life (2022) ... Betty Gore
- Friday the 13th (2022) ... Betty Gore
 2021-2022 Yellowjackets (TV Series)
Shauna
- Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (2022) ... Shauna
- Doomcoming (2022) ... Shauna
- Flight of the Bumblebee (2022) ... Shauna
- No Compass (2021) ... Shauna
- Saints (2021) ... Shauna
 2021 Don't Look Up
June Mindy
 2021 Lady of the Manor
Hannah
 2021 Mom (TV Series)
Shannon
- My Kinda People and the Big To-Do (2021) ... Shannon
 2021 Young Sheldon (TV Series)
Professor Ericson
- A Philosophy Class and Worms That Can Chase You (2021) ... Professor Ericson
 2020 Mrs. America (TV Mini Series)
Rosemary Thomson
- Reagan (2020) ... Rosemary Thomson
- Houston (2020) ... Rosemary Thomson
- Bella (2020) ... Rosemary Thomson
- Jill (2020) ... Rosemary Thomson
- Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc (2020) ... Rosemary Thomson
 2019 Easy (TV Series)
Beth
- Blank Pages (2019) ... Beth
 2018 Castle Rock (TV Series)
Molly Strand
- Romans (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Henry Deaver (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Past Perfect (2018) ... Molly Strand
- The Queen (2018) ... Molly Strand
- Filter (2018) ... Molly Strand
 2018 Summer Camp Island (TV Series short)
Sun / Additional Voices
- Ice Cream Headache (2018) ... Sun / Additional Voices (voice)
- Moon Problems (2018) ... Sun / Additional Voices (voice)
- The First Day (2018) ... Sun (voice)
 2016-2018 Future-Worm! (TV Series)
Megan / Madeline Madison / Megan Mind
- Finale (2018) ... Megan / Madeline Madison (voice)
- Megan Muck Wars/Porthole to the Spider Hole/Weenie Genie (2018) ... Megan / Megan Mind (voice)
 2018/I Sadie
Rae
 2017 Sunshine (TV Mini Series)
Zara Skelton
- Jacob's Ladder (2017) ... Zara Skelton
- Find Your Man (2017) ... Zara Skelton
- Dark Knight (2017) ... Zara Skelton
- Shadow Man (2017) ... Zara Skelton
 2017 The Changeover
Kate Chant
 2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (TV Mini Series)
Laura
- End Summer Night's Dream (2017) ... Laura
- Reunion (2017) ... Laura
 2017 And Then I Go
Janice
 2017 Girlboss (TV Series)
Gail
- Garbage Person (2017) ... Gail
- Vintage Fashion Forum (2017) ... Gail
- Long-Ass Pants (2017) ... Gail
 2017 American Dad! (TV Series)
Sharon
- A Whole Slotta Love (2017) ... Sharon (voice)
 2017 1 Mile to You
Coach Rowan
 2017 XX
Mary (segment "The Birthday Party")
 2016 Our Ex-Wife (TV Movie)
Sara
 2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy
Becky
 2016 Little Boxes
Gina McNulty-Burns
 2015-2016 Togetherness (TV Series)
Michelle Pierson
- For the Kids (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- The Sand Situation (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- Geri-ina (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- Just the Range (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
- Changetown (2016) ... Michelle Pierson
 2016 Animals. (TV Series)
Linda
- Squirrels Part II (2016) ... Linda (voice)
 2016 The Great & The Small
Margaret
 2016 Rainbow Time
Lindsay
 2016/I The Intervention
Annie
 2014-2015 Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates (TV Series)
Pearl
- Grandpa Bones/The Arctic Pearl (2014) ... Pearl (voice)
 2015 Key and Peele (TV Series)
Fiance
- The Job Interview (2015) ... Fiance
 2014-2015 The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Beyond Belief (Podcast Series)
Joanna, a witch / Pearl
- It's a Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad World (2015) ... Joanna, a witch
- Prelude to a Fish (2014) ... Pearl
 2003-2015 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Rose
- Advantage: Fat, Flying Baby (2013) ... Rose
- Ferrets, Attack! (2012) ... Rose
 2015 Digging for Fire
Squiggy
 2014 Over the Garden Wall (TV Mini Series short)
Beatrice
- Chapter 10: The Unknown (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 8: Babes in the Woods (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 6: Lullaby in Frogland (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 5: Mad Love (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
- Chapter 4: Songs of the Dark Lantern (2014) ... Beatrice (voice)
 2014 The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars (Podcast Series)
Fondal
- Dinner and a Groovy (2014) ... Fondal
 2014 Goodbye to All That
Annie Wall
 2014 We'll Never Have Paris
Devon
 2014 Chu and Blossom
Miss Shoemaker
 2014 They Came Together
Brenda
 2014 Happy Christmas
Kelly
 2013 The Big Ask
Hannah
 2012 Putzel
Sally
 2012 Eye of the Hurricane
Amelia Kyte
 2010-2012 The Life & Times of Tim (TV Series)
Becky
- Action Packed Heist/Fall Foliage (2012) ... Becky (voice)
- A Tale of Two Rodneys/Keith to the Rescue (2012) ... Becky (voice)
- Debbie's Mom/The Escape Artist (2010) ... Becky (voice)
- The Salty Jazz/Jews Love to Laugh (2010) ... Becky (voice)
 2012 House (TV Series)
Natalie Tavares
- Better Half (2012) ... Natalie Tavares
 2011 Touchback
Macy
 2011 Win Win
Cindy
 2010 Memphis Beat (TV Series)
Annaliese Jones
- Polk Salad Annie (2010) ... Annaliese Jones
 2009 Leaves of Grass
Colleen
 2009 The Informant!
Ginger Whitacre
 2009/I Up in the Air
Julie Bingham
 2009 Away We Go
Munch
 2008 A Quiet Little Marriage
Monique
 2008 Show of Hands
Jess
 2008 The L Word (TV Series)
Clea Mason
- Loyal and True (2008) ... Clea Mason
- Lunar Cycle (2008) ... Clea Mason
 2008 Psych (TV Series)
Emily Bloom
- Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion (2008) ... Emily Bloom
 2008 Comanche Moon (TV Mini Series)
Pearl Coleman
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Pearl Coleman
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Pearl Coleman
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Pearl Coleman
 2007 Drive (TV Series)
Wendy Patrakas
- Unaired Pilot (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- Rearview (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- The Extra Mile (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- No Turning Back (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
- Let the Games Begin (2007) ... Wendy Patrakas
 2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Plastic Surgery Lady (uncredited)
 2006 Flags of Our Fathers
Pauline Harnois
 2006 Park
Sheryl
 2005 Say Uncle
Susan
 2004 The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder (Short)
Zoe Cadwaulder
 2003 Shattered Glass
Amy Brand
 2003 Claustrophobia
Lauren
 2003 The Shield (TV Series)
Marcy
- Barnstormers (2003) ... Marcy
- Partners (2003) ... Marcy
 2002 Sweet Home Alabama
Lurlynn
 2002 Abandon
Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
 2002 Rose Red (TV Mini Series)
Rachel Wheaton
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Rachel Wheaton
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Rachel Wheaton
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Rachel Wheaton
 2002 Shooters
Marie
 2001 Snakeskin
Alice
 2000 Coyote Ugly
Gloria
 1999 Measureless to Man (Short)
 1999 The Cherry Orchard
Dunyasha
 1999 But I'm a Cheerleader
Hilary
 1999 Detroit Rock City
Beth
 1999 Foreign Correspondents
Melody
 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Jacqueline
 1996 The Frighteners
Deputy
 1994 Heavenly Creatures
Pauline Parker
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Other Works:

Music video: "Waiting on Love" by Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Melanie Jayne Lynskey

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Jason Ritter  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Kay Lynskey | Tim Lynskey
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Hello I Must Be Going (2012)] I assumed they were giving [the part] to Michelle Williams or Maggie Gyllenhaal... It felt like such a gift. See more »

Trivia:

Has appeared in three films (to date) with her friend Gillian Jacobs; Helena from the Wedding (2010), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Big Ask (2013). See more »

Nickname:

Mel

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