Melissa George was born on 6th August, 1976, in Perth, Western Australia. Although she was initially well known for her role in Australian daytime soap, Home and Away, George has carved out a career as a modern day scream queen.
Her feature film debut was in the Alex Proyas neo-noir science fiction feature ‘Dark City’ (1998). She was subsequently cast in supporting roles in the films ‘The Limey’ (1999) and the David Lynch thriller ‘Mulholland Drive’ (2001). She then featured in several TV shows and had a substantail part in ‘Alias’.
However her first major role was as Kathy Lutz in the remake of ‘The Amityville Horror’ (2005), with Ryan Reynolds. Re-telling the allegedly true story of the Lutz family, who moved into their dream home at 112 Ocean Avenue on the waterfront in Amityville. Almost immediately, the family is plagued by a series of unexplained and apparently supernatural happenings. The film was not well received by critics or fans of the original, but George came out of it well and the movie was a major success at the worldwide box office, grossing over $108 million.
She followed Amityville Horror with the Clive Owen thriller ‘Derailed’ (2005) and the thriller ‘Turistas’ (2006), which featured six young tourists in Brazil, who after a party wake up to find that they’ve been robbed. They all end up captured by organ thieves… An okay b-movie that caused controversy in Brazil due to it’s “biased image of the country”. She then starred in British horror ‘WAZ’ (2007) as a cop on the trail of a sicko serial killer.
George then co-starred with Josh Hartnett in the vampire flick, ’30 Days of night’ (2007) aboutthe horrors inflicked on an Alaskan town beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night. Review.
George returned to television in 2008 in the HBO half-hour drama ‘In Treatment’, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Weist. For her performance in the show, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Series or Television Film.
Melissa also received the lead role in the Australian-British mystery thriller by Chris Smith titled ‘Triangle’ (2009) for which she garnered critical acclaim for her starring role.The film – focused primarily on Melissa’s character, who is trapped in a time loop of repetition – opened to positive reviews. Critic Nigel Floyd of Time Out stated that “Melissa George’s fearless, credible performance grounds the madness in a moving emotional reality, even as her sanity is lost at sea.” Review
Next up, she’ll be seen in the thriller ‘A Lonely Place to Die’. A British thriller about five mountaineers who discover a young Serbian girl buried alive in the Scottish Highlands. They face dangerous terrain and become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.