Birth Name: Melanie Jayne Lynskey
Place of Birth: New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 16 May, 1977
Ethnicity: Irish, some English
Melanie Lynskey is a New Zealand-born actress. Her roles include Heavenly Creatures, Hello I Must Be Going, and Mrs. America, among many other projects. Her surname is Irish. Based on Melanie’s interview with Marc Maron in 2015, it seems fairly clear that Melanie is of largely or entirely Irish and English ancestry.
Melanie has a daughter with her fiancé, actor Jason Ritter.
Melanie’s paternal grandfather was Desmond Patrick Lynskey (the son of Patrick Edward Lynskey and Mary Anne/Ann Tobin). Melanie’s great-grandfather Patrick was the son of Michael Lynskey and Ellen Moran, both of County Mayo, Ireland. Mary Anne was the daughter of Margaret Connelly.
Melanie’s paternal grandmother was named Shelagh Gold (the daughter of James Frederick Gold and Frost). Shelagh was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.
Melanie’s maternal grandfather was named John Hilton Mahoney.