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Melanie Lynskey (Munch Garnett) made a memorable screen debut in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, starring opposite Kate Winslet. The performance earned Ms. Lynskey the New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Actress.
Ms. Lynskey’s films since then have included Andy Tennant’s Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore; Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners; Mihalis Kakogiannis’ The Cherry Orchard, with Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates; Gillian Ashurst’s Snakeskin, for which she was again a New Zealand Film and Television Award nominee for Best Actress; Andy Tennant’s Sweet Home Alabama, opposite Reese Witherspoon; Billy Ray’s Shattered Glass; Anthony McCarten’s Show of Hands; and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers.
The native New Zealander will soon be seen on-screen in several more movies, including Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, with George Clooney; Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, opposite Edward Norton; Joseph Infantolino’s independent feature Helena from the Wedding; and Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant, starring Matt Damon.
An accomplished and versatile actress in television in addition to on film, Ms. Lynskey played a recurring role as Rose, opposite Charlie Sheen, for several years on the hit show Two and a Half Men; starred in the series Drive; and has notably guest-starred on such shows as The L Word, Psych, and The Shield. Ms. Lynskey has also starred in the television miniseries Rose Red, directed by Craig Baxley, and Comanche Moon, directed by Simon Wincer.