Career: Michelle first found fame in 1998 playing bad girl Jen Lindley on the teen drama Dawson’s Creek. She went onto appear in films including Dick, Prozac Nation and Me Without You, and won good reviews for her performance in Brokeback Mountain. Her other films include Shutter Island and Blue Valentine.
Relationships: She met Heath Ledger on the set of Brokeback Mountain and their daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger, was born on 28th October 2005. They broke off their engagement in September 2007, after three years together. Heath was found dead in his New York apartment on 22nd January 2008. She has since been linked with director Spike Jonze.
FYI: Michelle and her daughter live in a commune in Brooklyn, New York. They share a seven-bedroom townhouse with her mother and sister and several friends.