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MELANIE LYNSKEY (Gloria) most recently appeared opposite Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston in the modern-day tale of Cinderella, "Ever After."

Lynskey first garnered attention in Peter Jackson's controversial film "Heavenly Creatures." Without any prior acting experience, the then 15-year-old landed the role of Pauline Parker, a wayward teen whom, with the help of another girl, Juliette (played by Kate Winslet), brutally kills her mother. Based on a true story, the film was shot on location in Christchurch where the actual murder occurred and is the most successful film ever to emerge from New Zealand. She received a New Zealand Film & Television Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Lynskey followed this with a role in Jackson's horror thriller "The Frighteners." She also appeared in "Foreign Correspondents" for childhood friend and director Mark Tapio Kines. Last year she was in New Line Cinema's "Detroit Rock City" directed by Adam Rifkin. In addition she appeared in Michael Cocoyannis' film of "The Cherry Orchard" and recently finished filming "Snakeskin" in New Zealand for director Jillian Ashurst. She stars in "Shooters" a film shot in the UK last winter, to be released in the fall by Lions Gate Films, and will also soon be seen in Fine Line's "But I'm A Cheerleader."

Lynskey was born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She currently resides in England.


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