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MELANIE LYNSKEY (Ginger Whitacre), a native of New Zealand, first took critics and audiences by storm with her performance in Peter Jackson's 1994 film "Heavenly Creatures,” opposite Kate Winslet. For her work in that film, Lynskey won a New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Film. She has since earned praise for a wide range of roles in films and on television.

Earlier this year, Lynskey was seen in Sam Mendes' widely acclaimed romantic comedy "Away We Go,” with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. She also co-stars with Edward Norton in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass.” Additionally, she will also be seen with George Clooney, Jason Bateman and Vera Farmiga in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air,” which is slated for release in December. Both "Leaves of Grass” and "Up in the Air” are premiering at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. She recently completed filming the independent feature "Helena from the Wedding.”

In addition, Lynskey was recently seen in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers.” She also starred in two films for director Andy Tennant: "Sweet Home Alabama,” with Reese Witherspoon, and "Ever After,” opposite Drew Barrymore. Her other credits include Billy Ray's "Shattered Glass,” opposite Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard; Stephen Gaghan's directorial debut film "Abandon”; and Michael Cacoyannis' film adaptation of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard,” with Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates.

Lynskey also starred in the independent New Zealand road movie "Snakeskin,” for which she received her second New Zealand Film and Television Award nomination for Best Actress. She also reunited with director Peter Jackson for a cameo in his second film, "The Frighteners.” She is nominated for her third New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Actress for this year's film "Show of Hands.”

On television, Lynskey is best known for the role of Rose in the CBS series "Two and a Half Men,” with Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. She has also guest starred on such series as "The L Word,” "Psych” and "The Shield.” Her longform credits include the miniseries "Comanche Moon” and Stephen King's "Rose Red.”

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