Neve McIntosh

Neve McIntosh

McIntosh at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon.
Born Carol McIntosh
(1972-04-09) 9 April 1972
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Alex Sahla (19992006)

Neve McIntosh (born Carol McIntosh on 9 April 1972)[1] is a Scottish actress.[2]

Early life

Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, McIntosh grew up in Edinburgh, where she attended Boroughmuir High School. She was a member of Edinburgh Youth Theatre in the late 1980s, appearing in Mother Goose and Doctor in the House. She moved to Glasgow to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, after which she was in repertory companies at Perth and at The Little Theatre on the Isle of Mull.[3]

Acting career


Title Role Notes
The Trick is to Keep Breathing ...... Glasgow stage production
Dickens ..... Royal Shakespeare Company
Great Expectations ...... in Stratford
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Portia Lyceum in Edinburgh in autumn 2006
Sylvia Plath play Three Women ..... At Edinburgh Festival in summer 2009
Proof Lead character 'Catherine' In February 2010 at Perth Theatre
King Lear Goneril In September 2011 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds
The Events Claire Mid summer 2013 for ATC London By David Greig

She next played in a Glasgow stage production of The Trick is to Keep Breathing. She playing in the RSC production of Dickens' Great Expectations in Stratford, and starring as Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum in Edinburgh. In summer 2009, she performed in the Sylvia Plath play Three Women at the Edinburgh Festival. In February 2010 McIntosh appeared as the lead character 'Catherine' in the play Proof at Perth Theatre. She also played in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" as Miss Stapleton. In September 2011 she played Goneril in a production of King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Neve performed in "Events" mid summer 2013 for ATC Acting Touring Company By David Greig She Played the character Claire Theatre.


She also appeared in American director Mark L. Feinsod's first film, Love And Lung Cancer. Alongside her television work she has appeared in the films Gypsy Woman and One Last Chance. 2008-09 saw McIntosh starring in several new films including Salvage, Spring 1941 (with costar Joseph Fiennes) and the award-winning Be All and End All.[4]


Date Title Notes
4 July 2014 The Events BBC Radio 4


McIntosh is probably best known for her portrayals of Beryl Stapleton in the 2002 BBC version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and of Fuchsia in the 2000 BBC and WGBH Boston production of Gormenghast, a lavish miniseries based on the first two books of the trilogy by Mervyn Peake. She also played the title role in Lady Audley's Secret.

She appeared in the first British Sky Broadcasting-produced "Doc Martin" prequel (in which the Martin Clunes character was named Bamford, rather than his later moniker of Ellingham), as a lonely villager with an asthmatic son, to whom Martin is attracted.

In 2004, McIntosh starred in Bodies, a medical drama produced by BBC Three and based on the book Bodies by Jed Mercurio. She has also appeared in several other television dramas, including Psychos, Ghost Squad, Marple, Murder City, Bodies-2 and Low Winter Sun. She also recorded an episode of Law & Order: UK.

In December 2009 McIntosh appeared in an episode of Sky 1's 10 Minute Tales playing the wife of Peter Capaldi's character.

In May 2010, McIntosh appeared in two episodes of the 2010 series of Doctor Who beside new Doctor played by Matt Smith. She plays Alaya and Restac, two Silurian sisters who have been disturbed under the earth, one captured by humans and the other demanding vengeance. In October 2010, she starred alongside former Doctor Who star, David Tennant, in Single Father, a BBC drama. She portrayed the part of Anna, the sister of the dead wife of Tennant's character (Dave).

McIntosh returned as a new Silurian character, Madame Vastra, in the Doctor Who Series 6 mid-series finale episode "A Good Man Goes to War", which aired in the UK on 4 June 2011.[5][6] The character is a sword-wielding, human-eating late Victorian crime fighter, and an old friend of The Doctor.

Neve McIntosh appeared in Ripper Street for one episode in the November 2013 episode 3 "Become Man" where she played the character Raine. Neve also appeared as Janina for 2 episodes of Dracula - a British-American horror drama TV series that premièred on NBC on 25 October 2013. The series aired in the United Kingdom from 31 October 2013, to 16 January 2014, on Sky Living.

McIntosh appeared in the BBC One series Case Histories as Joanna Hunter which aired in June 2011. She also starred in Season 2 of the BBC Three drama, Lip Service, as a love interest of one of the main characters, Sadie.

McIntosh returned once again to Doctor Who in the 2012 Christmas special, and in the episodes The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor. In each of these episodes, she reprises her role as Madame Vastra, who along with her wife, Jenny Flint, and Strax, a former Sontaran nurse, form an investigating team. While there is a suggestive chemistry between Vastra and her chambermaid Jenny in "A Good Man Goes to War", the later episodes explicitly mention that Vastra and Jenny are married.

Doctor Who appearances

Personal life

After a whirlwind romance, McIntosh was married to cameraman Alex Sahla whom she met while filming the 1999 TV series Psychos.[7] They divorced in 2006.[8]


Date Title Role Notes
2000 Gormenghast Fuchsia NBBC's WGBH Boston production of lavish miniseries based on the first two books of the trilogy by Mervyn Peake
2002 The Hound of the Baskervilles Beryl Stapleton BBC version
2004 Bodies Sister Donna Rix produced by BBC Three and based on the book Bodies by Jed Mercurio
1999 Psychos Dr Kate Millar .
. Ghost Squad . .
. Marple . .
. Murder City . .
. Bodies-2 . .
. Low Winter Sun . .
. Law & Order: UK . .
. 10 Minute Tales Playing the wife of Peter Capaldi's character Sky 1
. Lady Audley's Secret . .
. Doc Martin . a lonely villager with an asthmatic son, to whom Martin is attracted
May 2010 Doctor Who "The Hungry Earth" / "Cold Blood" Two Silurian sisters Alaya & Restac Doctor played by Matt Smith
October 2010 Single Father Anna a BBC drama
4 June 2011 Doctor Who Series 6 - "A Good Man Goes to War" Madame Vastra .
June 2011 Case Histories Joanna Hunter BBC One series
2012 Lip Service Lauren Season 2 of the BBC Three drama
2012 Doctor Who - The Snowmen. Madame Vastra .
2013 Doctor Who - The Battle of Demon's Run: Two Days Later. Madame Vastra .
2013 Doctor Who - The Crimson Horror. Madame Vastra .
December 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special - The Name of the Doctor Madame Vastra .
December 2013 Doctor Who Prom Madame Vastra .
November 2013 Ripper Street Episode 3 "Become Man" Raine .
31 October 2013 Dracula Janina .
August 2014 Doctor Who - Deep Breath Madame Vastra Doctor played by Peter Capaldi
2015 Critical Nicola Acting Clinical Lead, Deputy Clinical Lead - Aired 2015
March 2015 Social Suicide Detective Dalton .
January 2016 Death in Paradise Nicky Hoskins Episode 5.1


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