At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated "Heavenly Creatures", achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control.
Following a three-year hiatus spent studying at university and re-locating from New Zealand to Los Angeles, Lynskey made a welcome return to the silver screen when she was cast opposite Drew Barrymore in "Ever After: A Cinderella Story".
Parts in "Detroit Rock City", "But I'm a Cheerleader", "Coyote Ugly", "Snakeskin", "Abandon", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Shattered Glass" and Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" came next.
In recent years, Lynskey has worked her scene-stealing magic in a variety of projects, such as Sam Mendes's "Away We Go", Best Picture Oscar nominee "Up in the Air", Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!", "Win Win", "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World", and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower".
Prolific supporting roles - opposite the likes of George Clooney, Edward Norton and Matt Damon - aside, central parts in "Hello I Must Be Going", "Happy Christmas", "Goodbye to All That", "We'll Never Have Paris" and "The Intervention" - for which she scooped a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival - have proved that she is also a capable and charismatic leading lady.
In addition to an impressive body of film work, Lynskey has appeared regularly on the small screen since her television debut in Stephen King's "Rose Red", which was followed by roles in "Drive" and "Comanche Moon", as well as guest stints on "The Shield", "The L Word", and "House M.D.".
However, she's probably best known to TV audiences for her frequent appearances as Rose - Charlie Sheen's delightfully deranged stalker - on the Emmy Award-winning "Two and a Half Men", and her portrayal of Michelle Pierson on HBO's "Togetherness", for which she received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Name: Melanie Lynskey
Known for: Togetherness
BirthDay: 16, May ,1977