- Discovered by Peter Jackson's wife, Fran Walsh, who cast her as a teen who kills her mother in 1994's Heavenly Creatures.
- Received the New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Actress for her performance in Heavenly Creatures.
- Met her fiancé Jimmi Simpson on the set of Stephen King's 'Rose Red.'
- Is a vegetarian; supports PETA and the Humane Society.
- 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2016, Sundance Film Festival — U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance: Winner
- Jimmi Simpson — Husband (separated)
- Kay Lynskey — Mother
- Attended Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
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- Birth Name: Melanie Jayne Lynskey
- Birth Place: New Plymouth, New Zealand
- Profession: Actor
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