Melanie Lynskey Biography

Updated On Feb 03, 2019 Published On Feb 03, 2019
Facts of Melanie Lynskey
Date of Birth: 1977 , May-16
Birth Nation: New Zealand
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Melanie Lynskey
Birth Name Melanie Jayne Lynskey
Father Tim Lynskey
Mother Kay Lynskey
Nationality New Zealander
Birth Place/City New Plymouth
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress
Net Worth $5 Million
Salary N/A
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Face Color White
Body Measurements 37-27-35
Breast Size 37
Waist size 27
Hip Size 35
Weight in KG 57
Famous for Flags of Our Fathers, Heavenly Creatures
Affair with John Ritter
Married Previously Married
Married to Jimmi Simpson
Children 1
Divorce Yes
Education Victoria University of Wellington
Awards Best Actress Award, U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance
Movies Flags of Our Fathers, Heavenly Creatures
Sisters 1
Siblings 4
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Melanie Lynskey is a New Zealander actress who is famous for being married to American actor Jason Ritter with whom she welcomed their first child, a baby girl, last year.

Melanie Lynskey's Early Life and Family

Melanie Lynskey was born Melanie Jayne Lynskey on May 16, 1977, in New Plymouth, New Zealand, to parents; father Tim Lynskey and mother Kay Lynskey. Her father was an orthopedic surgeon while her mother was a nurse.

She has four siblings; three brothers, and one sister. Lynskey is the oldest her parents' five children. Lynskey family moved to England during her childhood. But one year later they returned to New Zealand.

Lynskey studied at New Plymouth Girls' High School where she was involved in school plays and dramas. She later completed her graduation from Victoria University of Wellington.

Melanie Lynskey's Career and Awards

Melanie Lynskey made her acting debut in 1994 with a drama crime film, Heavenly Creatures, in which she appeared alongside Kate Winslet. She received the Best Actress Award for her role in the movie in 1995.

She had a recurring role in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers, which was nominated for an Oscar Award at the time.

Lynskey's other notable roles include in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Intervention for which she received Best Performance by an Ensemble and U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance respectively.

Most recently, Lynskey portrayed the role of Molly Strand on Hulu's web television series, Castle Rock, opposite Jane Levy, in 2018.

Melanie Lynskey's Net Worth and Earnings

As being talented and successful actress, we can assure that Melanie Lynskey earns a decent amount of money from her career.

The actress shares a house in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, with her fiance Jason Ritter. A burglar broke into the couple's Hollywood Hills house in October 2018 when the actress was home alone.

Lynskey also had another house in L.A. which had four bedrooms and two bathrooms. She sold the 1,472 square feet property for worth $950,000.

Melanie Lynskey, who earns a massive salary annually, has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

Melanie Lynskey's Personal Life

Melanie Lynskey is in a romantic relationship with Parenthood actor Jason Ritter. The couple got engaged in February 2017 after four years of dating.

Jason is the son of late Three's Company actor John Ritter who died in 2003 from an aortic dissection.

Sources confirmed that in late January Jason's friend Neema Barnette announced that the actor and his fiancee welcomed an adorable daughter in early December 2018. She also mentioned Lynskey was Jason's wife. It seems like the couple tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony.

Lynskey was previously married to House of Cards actor Jimmi Simpson. The former couple first met while filming Rose Red together in 2001.

They got engaged in 2005 and eventually got married on April 14, 2007, in a chapel on Lake Hayes in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Lynskey filed for divorce from her now ex-husband on September 25, 2012, citing 'irreconcilable differences' as the reason for their split. They finalized their divorce on May 23, 2014.

Melanie Lynskey's Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

Melanie Lynskey, who belongs to white ethnicity and New Zealander nationality, is currently 41 years old. Regarding Lynskey' height and weight, she is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 57 kg.

As for the body measurements, the actress' breast size, waist size, and hip size are 37, 27, and 35 respectively.


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Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand

May 16 , 1977

Melanie Lynskey was born on May 16, 1977, in New Plymouth, New Zealand, father Tim Lynskey and mother Kay Lynske

Appeared on Heavenly Creatures


Melanie Lynskey made her acting debut with Heavenly Creatures, in 1994. She received the Best Actress Award for her role in the drama crime film in 1995.

Appeared in Flags of Our Fathers


In 2006, Melanie Lynskey starred in Flags of Our Fathers. The movie was nominated for an Oscar Award at the time.

Appeared in Castle Rock


Most recently, in 2018, Melanie Lynskey played Molly Strand on Hulu's web television series, Castle Rock, along with Jane Levy.

Engaged to Boyfriend Jason Ritter


Melanie Lynskey became engaged to Jason Ritter, the son of late actor John Ritter, in February 2017. They had started an affair four years earlier.

Welcomed First Child, a Baby Girl


Melanie Lynskey and her boyfriend-turned-fiance welcomed their first child, an adorable daughter, in early December 2018.

Married to Ex-Husband Jimmi Simpson


Melanie Lynskey became married to ex-husband Jimmi Simpson on April 14, 2007, two years after getting engaged.

Got a Divorce From Jimmi Simpson

May 23 , 2014

Melanie Lynskey, who filed for divorce from Jimmi Simpson on September 25, 2012, finalized her divorce with him on May 23, 2014.

Net Worth $5 million


Melanie Lynskey, who has an expensive mansion in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, has an estimated net worth of $5 million.