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Melanie Lynskey Biography

Making her bigscreen debut at sixteen beside a then-unknown Kate Winslet, New Zealand native Lynskey wowed critics and audiences with her explosive turn as a 1950s teenager who conspires with her best friend to carry out a scandalous crime, in Peter Jackson's award-winning Heavenly Creatures (1994).

Despite a three-year hiatus spent completing school and relocating to the States, Lynskey made a welcome return to acting when she appeared as Anjelica Huston's daughter - and one of Drew Barrymore's stepsisters - in the acclaimed Ever After (1998), an epic retelling of the Cinderella story.

She has since amassed an impressive body of film work, which includes notable roles in Detroit Rock City (1999), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), The Cherry Orchard (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), Snakeskin (2001), Abandon (2002), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Shattered Glass (2003), Park (2006) and Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated Flags of Our Fathers (2006).

In addition, Lynskey - who resides in Los Angeles - has worked frequently on the smallscreen; her credits include Stephen King's "Rose Red" (2002) (mini) and "The Shield" (2002), as well as a four-season stint alongside Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" (2003), a principal role in "Drive" (2007) and a forthcoming appearance in "Comanche Moon" (2007) (mini).

Melanie Lynskey Trivia

Is a vegetarian.

She had ambitions, prior to Heavenly Creatures (1994), to become a film critic.

Considered one of New Zealand's most internationally successful actors.

She attended Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Named one of E! Online's "Sizzlin' Sixteen" in 2003.

Has three younger brothers and one younger sister.

Is a good friend with Detroit Rock City (1999) co-star Sam Huntington.

Auditioned for roles in The Crucible (1996), Scream (1996/I) and Cousin Bette (1998).

Had a production company called Velvet Morning Productions.

She was cast as Pauline Parker in Heavenly Creatures (1994) two weeks before filming began. Co-writer Fran Walsh discovered her at the last minute whilst scouring local high schools for Parker lookalikes.

Was shortlisted for the role of Valerie Veran in Little Nicky (2000).

Frequently works with past co-stars.

Friends with Natasha Lyonne.

She has a dog named Mouse, a chihuahua-dachshund mix.

Received coaching from co-star Sarah Peirse for her role in Heavenly Creatures (1994).

Was FilmForce Celeb of the Day on October 18, 2002.

Was the first person to kiss Kate Winslet in a film (Heavenly Creatures (1994)).

One of her best friends is Emily Deschanel, sister of Zooey Deschanel.

Was at one time slated to appear in an episode of "Angel" (1999), in a role written especially for her by the show's producer, Joss Whedon.

Turned down a role in Mansfield Park (1999).

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