Melanie Lynskey’s Age, Height, Weight, Biography, Relationships & More

Best appreciated for her roles in independent films, Melanie Lynskey is often referred to as the queen of indie films. She is known for portraying memorable roles and grabbing everyone’s attention, whether she is the protagonist or not.

She is the international fame due to her roles in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures and Chuck Lorre’s Two and a Half Men. Here are all the exciting details about the New Zealand actress’s career, height, weight, diet, awards, plastic surgery, net worth, favorite things, and more.

Melanie Lynskey’s Career

Melanie Lynskey is a native of New Plymouth, New Zealand. She studied at New Plymouth Girls’ High School and was part of her school’s drama club. In addition, she attended the Victoria University of Wellington.

Lynskey debuted on-screen with her role as Pauline Parker in the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures. The psychological thriller received appreciation as she and Kate Winslet were perfectly cast for their roles.

Since then, the Heavenly Creatures protagonist has acted in many blockbusters such as Coyote Ugly, Flags of Our Fathers, Rainbow Time, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Don’t Look Up, and several others.

Melanie Lynskey’s introductory television role came in 2002 with her role in Rose Red. A year later, she began portraying her supporting role as Rose in Two and a Half Men and became extremely popular due to the part.

She has also guest starred in Comanche Moon, The L Word, House, Key and Peele, Easy Young Sheldon, Mom, and a few other series.

The Two and a Half Men star had her first leading role in Togetherness which aired between 2015 and 2016. She was also the main character in Sunshine, Castle Rock, Mrs. America, and Candy.

Now, in 2022, Melanie Lynskey continues playing her role as Shauna in Yellowjackets which she began portraying in 2021. The drama also stars Tawny Cypress, Sophie Nélisse, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis.

Melanie Lynskey’s Height and Weight

After struggling with her body image for quite some time, Melanie Lynskey finally takes pride in her gorgeous and healthy figure. Her height is 5 feet and 7 inches or 170 cm (1.70 m), and she weighs 68 kg or 150 pounds.

Growing up, the New Zealand-born actress did not have a healthy relationship with food. She was obsessed with looking thin and thus stuck to an 800-calorie-diet that left her famished.

Luckily, she has overcome her eating disorder by not focusing too much on her looks. Now she eats healthily.

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Melanie Lynskey’s Dating History

Melanie Lynskey met her first husband, Jimmi Simpson, on the set of the film Rose Red which starred both the actors. They got engaged in 2005 and married each other in 2007. Their wedding took place in New Zealand.

However, the couple finally divorced in 2014 after filing for divorce in 2012.

In 2013, she and Jason Ritter began dating. The pair got engaged to each other in 2017 and had their first child the same year. They married a few years later in 2020 and have been living happily together ever since.

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  • Full Born Name: Melanie Jayne Lynskey
  • Nickname: Mel
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Religion: Christian
  • Date of Birth: 16 May 1977
  • Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Father Name: Tim Lynskey
  • Mother Name: Kay Lynskey
  • Siblings’ Names: Unknown
  • Spouse: Jason Ritter (m. 2020) and Jimmi Simpson (m. 2007–2014)
  • Children: Unknown

Melanie Lynskey’s Body Measurements

Melanie Lynskey looks remarkable in her signature, one hand on the hips and another on the thighs pose on the red carpet. Her body measurements are 37-25-36 in or 94-64-91 cm. 

While everyone would want to know Melanie Lynskey’s workout regimen, she hasn’t yet made it public.

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Melanie Lynskey’s Ample Bosom

Melanie Lynskey’s breast size is 37 inches, and her bra size is 34C with a cup size of C. She is large-chested; thus, she looks curvaceous and thick. But, most importantly, she exhibits a healthy body image that allows her to be unapologetically sexy in her own way.

Whether attending red carpet events or casually portraying one of her characters, Lynskey has always looked glamorous due to her figure with ample bosom.

Height5 feet 7 inches or 170 cm (1.70 m)
Weight68 kg or 150 pounds
Breast Size37 inches
Bra Size34C
Cup SizeC
Body Measurements37-25-36 in or 94-64-91 cm
Chest Size37 inches or 94 cm
Waist Size25 inches or 64 cm
Hips Size36 inches or 91 cm
Shoe Size8.5 (US) or 39 (EU) or 6 (UK)
Dress Size8 (US) or 40 (EU) or 12 (UK)
Eyes ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Natural breasts or implantsNatural

Did Melanie Lynskey Have Any Plastic Surgeries?

Working in an industry where looks are constantly a topic of discussion, Melanie Lynskey was once insecure about her body image. The criticisms resulted in her having an eating disorder.

While netizens wonder if the star underwent plastic surgery, she actually did not. Instead, the Heavenly Creatures actress learned to love her body. She trusts that she can always play roles that fit her body image rather than stressing about looking a certain way to win a role.

Melanie Lynskey’s Net Worth

Melanie Lynskey at LA premiere of 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'
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While most recognize Melanie Lynskey as Rose from Two and a Half Men, the supporting actress has been showing off her incredible acting in various films and series. Additionally, she has done voiceovers too. With that said, her net worth is estimated to be $5 million as of 2022. 

Melanie Lynskey’s Most Loved Things

  • Favorite Actor: Rena Owen
  • Favorite Painting: Poutama by Kelcy Taratoa
  • Favorite Activities: Collecting art
  • Favorite Film: Annette
  • Favorite Rapper: A$AP Rocky

Melanie Lynskey’s Most Notable Awards And Nominations

  • New Zealand Film and Television Award: Best Actress, Heavenly Creatures (1995)
  • Hollywood Film Award: Spotlight Award, 2009
  • CinEuphoria Award: Best Supporting Actress, Away We Go (2011)
  • Awards Circuit Community Award: Best Cast Ensemble, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – Nominated
  • RiverRun International Film Festival: Emerging Master, 2014
  • Behind the Voice Actors Award: Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series, Over the Garden Wall (2014)
  • Sundance Film Festival: U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance, The Intervention (2016)
  • Gotham Independent Film Award: Best Actress, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017) – Nominated
  • Critics’ Choice Super Award: Best Actress in a Horror Series, Yellowjackets (2022)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Award: Best Actress in a Drama Series, Yellowjackets (2022)
  • Gracie Award: Actress in a Leading Role — Drama, Yellowjackets (2022)
  • Screen Actors Guild Award: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Don’t Look Up (2022) – Nominated.A$AP Rocky

Fun Facts About Melanie Lynskey

At the age of 10, Melanie Lynskey switched to a vegetarian diet after she came across sheep farming.

Melanie Lynskey has misophonia, which is a condition that makes a person intolerable to particular sounds.

Melanie Lynskey lived in Joss Whedon’s guest room when she moved to the United States from New Zealand.

What face shape does Melanie Lynskey have?

Melanie Lynskey has a square-shaped face that allows her to rock both long and short hairstyles.

What is Melanie Lynskey’s hair color?

Melanie Lynskey has dark brown hair that makes her skin tone look brighter.

What color eyes does Melanie Lynskey have?

Melanie Lynskey has lovely dark brown eyes that look alluring under her perfectly-shaped eyebrows.

Does Melanie Lynskey have tattoos?

Yes, Melanie Lynskey has a couple of tattoos, including a dog on her back, an arrow on her forearm, and more.

Did Melanie Lynskey win an Emmy?

Melanie Lynskey has not won an Emmy yet. However, she has a Primetime Emmy nomination for her role in Yellowjackets, for which the results will be announced in September 2022.

Does Melanie Lynskey speak German?

No, Melanie Lynskey does not speak German.

Was Melanie Lynskey in Young Sheldon?

Melanie Lynskey had a cameo on Young Sheldon. She played Sheldon’s professor, Dora Ericson.

Where does Melanie Lynskey live?

Melanie Lynskey resides in Los Angeles with her spouse and daughter.

Melanie Lynskey flew from her home country to the United States for her career in acting. And her success made it all worth it. Another actress who moved from their native is French actress Eva Green. She is known for her role in Casino Royale.