Melanie Lynskey

  • Birth Name: Melanie Jayne Lynskey
  • Birth Place: New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • Profession: Actor
Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

Next on TV

Fast Facts

  • 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 former husband Jimmi Simpson on the set of Stephen King's 'Rose Red.'
  • Is a vegetarian; supports PETA and the Humane Society.


  • 2016, Sundance Film Festival — U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Jimmi Simpson — Ex-husband
  • Kay Lynskey — Mother
  • Jason Ritter — Fiancé


  • Attended Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Hannah Brown, <em>The Bachelorette</em>

A Beautiful Podcast to Fall in Love

Here's who we stan in The Bachelorette mansion

Every Episode of Game of Thrones, Ranked

Find out which episode of the HBO hit reigns supreme.

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now