Melanie Lynskey Net Worth, Biography, Height, Age, Career, Weight, Early Life, Facts & More

melanie lynskey

Melanie Lynskey is a New Zealand actress who was born on May 16, 1977. She is most known for her representations of multidimensional women and knowledge of American dialects, and she works mostly in independent films.

Lynskey has received two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Gracie Award, a New Zealand Film Award, a Hollywood Film Award, and a Sundance Special Jury Award, in addition to nominations for the Gotham Award, Golden Nymph Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Primetime Emmy Award.

She is now starring as Shauna on Showtime’s Yellowjackets (2021-present), for which she received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2022. Lynskey is married to actor Jason Ritter and has a daughter with him.

Early Life

Lynskey was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, to former nurse Kay Lynskey and orthopedic surgeon Tim Lynskey. She is the oldest of five siblings (three brothers and one sister). Her surname is of Irish origin.

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Lynskey’s family relocated to England for a year as a child before returning to New Zealand. She went to New Plymouth Girls’ High School and was active in the theater department and school performances. Lynskey attended Victoria University of Wellington after graduating from high school.

Real Name Melanie Lynskey
Nickname Melanie
Profession  New Zealand actress
Marital Status Married
Husband Name Jason Ritter (m. 2020), Jimmi Simpson (m. 2007–2014)
Age 44 years old
Height 5 feet 5 inches (approx)
Weight 65 KG (approx)
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Date of Birth  16 May 1977
Birth Place New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Zodiac sign Taurus
Nationality New Zealand
School Name New Plymouth Girls’ High School
College Name Victoria University of Wellington
Qualifications Graduate
Father Name Tim Lynskey
Mother Name Kay Lynskey
Siblings Not Known
Children Name 1
Source Of Income Actress
Net Worth, Salary $1 Million – $5 Million

Career Highlights

  • Melanie Lynskey, who was born in New Zealand, made her debut in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” starring Kate Winslet in 1994. She has since earned a number of credits in both feature films and television such as Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant,” Tom McCarthy’s “Win Win,” Billy Ray’s “Shattered Glass,” Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go,” Jason Reitman’s “Up In The Air,” Andy Tennant’s “Ever After” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” Jamie Babbit’s “But I’m A Cheerleader,” Clint Eastwood’s “Flags Of Our Fathers,” Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,”.

  • Lynskey starred in Todd Louiso’s film “Hello, I Must Be Going” in 2012. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the National Board of Review’s “Top Ten Independent Films” of the year. Lynskey’s performance gained her critical acclaim and a nomination for a Breakthrough Actor Gotham Independent Film Award in 2012.
  • Lynskey earned the US Special Jury Prize for Individual Performance at Sundance in 2016 for her portrayal of an interfering alcoholic in Clea DuVall’s debut picture, The Intervention.
  • Lynskey’s next endeavor will be the highly anticipated Hulu series Castle Rock, in which she will star alongside André Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Bill Skarsgard. She was recently seen in “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Girlboss” on Netflix. Lynskey also appeared in the critically praised HBO comedy “Togetherness,” for which she received a Critic’s Choice Award, and she voiced the character Beatrice in Cartoon Network’s ‘Over The Garden Wall,’ which won the 2015 Emmy for Best Animated Program.
  • Lynskey was a popular recurring character on the blockbuster TV program “Two and a Half Men” from 2003 until 2015.

  • She was most recently seen in the Australian SBS TV drama “Sunshine Kings” starring Anthony LaPaglia. For her portrayal in the mini-series, Lynskey was nominated for Outstanding Actress at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
  • Last year, Lynskey co-starred with Elijah Wood in Macon Blair’s “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore,” which earned the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Lynskey was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Actress in 2017 for her performance in the film.
  • She is presently featured in the Showtime television series “Yellowjacket,” directed by Megan Griffiths, in which she co-stars with John Gallagher Jr.

Melanie Lynskey Husband

Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter’s love story is similar of a Hollywood romance, along with a workplace romance that lead to their happily ever after. The couple met on the set of 2013’s The Big Ask and went on to feature in two more films together before announcing their engagement in February 2017.


Lynskey gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in December 2019. After a long 7-year romance, they planned to get married later in 2020. Previously, she got married to Jimmi Simpson (m. 2007–2014) but later both parted their ways in 2014.

Melanie Lynskey Net Worth

Melanie Lynskey’s net worth is expected to be about $5 million in 2022. According to some sources, she starred in multiple blockbuster films that grossed more than $33 million at the box office. Melanie Lynskey earns between $200k and $300k every episode. She was paid $300,000 every episode of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. Her net worth has grown substantially over the last few years. Melanie Lynskey earns $800,000 each year.

Melanie Lynskey used her film and television earnings to purchase an ancient Victorian-style cottage in the Los Angeles suburb of Echo Park in 2004. The house cost roughly $597,000 and contained four bedrooms and three bathrooms, two above and two downstairs.

Melanie Lynskey Net Worth 2022:

Net Worth $5 Million
Salary (Per Episode) $200,000
Profession Actor

Melanie Lynskey Height 

The stunning actress stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, or 1.70 meters. When it comes to the weight of this stunning actress, she weighs 57 kg. She is a gifted woman with a lovely face. There’s no doubting that the actress has kept her weight under control. She is the woman whose aura may attract everyone.

Melanie Lynskey has millions of fans who enjoy seeing her on screen. She has amazing acting skills, so when she performs, it appears very natural. Her talent and beauty have helped her land a variety of opportunities in the entertainment world.

Some Interesting Facts About Melanie Lynskey: 

  • Lynskey portrayed an animated version of herself in an Air New Zealand safety video in 2012.
  • She took part in a Live Read performance of the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross in February 2013. Jason Reitman directed the read-through, assembling a group of women to read the all-male screenplay; Lynskey played George Aaronow (originally played by Alan Arkin).
  • Lynskey appeared on multiple times as part of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a monthly Los Angeles staged performance and podcast in the style of old-time radio. From March 2005 to April 2015, the show was on the air.
  • She co-starred in the music video for Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’ song “Waiting on Love” in 2015, alongside her then-boyfriend (now husband) Jason Ritter.

  • Lynskey was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2018.
  • Lynskey became a vegetarian at the age of ten after learning about sheep farming, although she now considers herself a pescetarian.
  • She is suffering with misophonia.
  • Lynskey has spoken openly about her years-long battle with an eating condition. In 2016, she stated that she had been “extremely unwell for a long time,” adding that “even when I was… 58 kilograms [128 pounds], I would still be embarrassed in wardrobe fittings for not being sample size.”

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