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Neve McIntosh
Neve McIntosh by Gage Skidmore.jpg
McIntosh at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon.
Carol McIntosh

(1972-04-09) 9 April 1972 (age 49)
Alex Sahla
(m. 1999; div. 2009)

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]

During the Second World War, McIntosh's grandfather was captured in Dunkirk and died of pneumonia in a German prisoner-of-war camp in Poland.[4]

Acting career


She next played in a Glasgow stage production of The Trick is to Keep Breathing. She then played in the RSC production of Dickens' Great Expectations in Stratford, and starred 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. In September 2011 she played Goneril in a production of King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. McIntosh appeared in the Actors Touring Company production of David Greig's The Events in mid-2013,[5] also appearing in a production in New York in early 2015.[6] She appeared in the play Meet Me At Dawn in the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, for which she received praise.[7]


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. In 2008 and 2009, McIntosh starred in several films including Salvage, Spring 1941 (with co-star Joseph Fiennes) and the award-winning Be All and End All.[8]


McIntosh played Beryl Stapleton in the 2002 BBC version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Fuchsia in the 2000 BBC and WGBH Boston production of Gormenghast, a 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 name 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 the 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 episode "A Good Man Goes to War", which aired in the UK on 4 June 2011.[9][10] 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. She 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 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.

In 2017, McIntosh played Kay Gillies in the BBC One drama The Replacement.[11]

Doctor Who appearances

Personal life

McIntosh was married to cameraman Alex Sahla whom she met while filming the 1999 TV series Psychos.[12] They separated in 2006, and their divorce was finalised in 2009[4]


Date Title Role Notes
1999 Psychos Dr Kate Millar .
2000 Lady Audley's Secret . .
2000 Gormenghast Fuchsia NBBC's WGBH Boston production of lavish miniseries based on the first two books of the trilogy by Mervyn Peake
2001 Gypsy Woman Natalie McIntosh plays the lead role, an eponymous gypsy heroine.
2001 Doc Martin Rita Gorrie A lonely villager with an asthmatic son, to whom Martin is attracted
2002 The Hound of the Baskervilles Beryl Stapleton BBC version
2003 Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie Rita Gorrie Repeat role from 2001 Doc Martin movie
2003 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Olivia Whitelaw Episode: "Playing for the Ashes"
2004-2006 Bodies Sister Donna Rix Produced by BBC Three and based on the book Bodies by Jed Mercurio
2004 Marple . .
2005 The Ghost Squad . .
2006 Murder City . .
2006 Low Winter Sun . .
2009 10 Minute Tales Playing the wife of Peter Capaldi's character Sky 1
2010 Law & Order: UK . .
May 2010 Doctor Who Two Silurian sisters Alaya & Restac Episodes "The Hungry Earth" & "Cold Blood" with Matt Smith
October 2010 Single Father Anna a BBC drama
4 June 2011 Doctor Who Madame Vastra Episode: "A Good Man Goes to War"
June 2011 Case Histories Joanna Hunter BBC One series
2012 Lip Service Lauren Season 2 of the BBC Three drama
2012 Doctor Who Madame Vastra Episode: "The Snowmen"
2013 Doctor Who Madame Vastra Webisode: "The Battle of Demon's Run: Two Days Later"
2013 Doctor Who Madame Vastra Episode: "The Crimson Horror"
31 October 2013 Dracula Janina .
November 2013 Ripper Street Raine Episode 3: "Become Man"
December 2013 Doctor Who Madame Vastra Episode: "The Name of the Doctor"
December 2013 Doctor Who Prom Madame Vastra .
August 2014 Doctor Who Madame Vastra Episode: "Deep Breath", with Peter Capaldi
2015 Critical Nicola Acting Clinical Lead, Deputy Clinical Lead
March 2015 Social Suicide Detective Dalton .
January 2016 Death in Paradise Nicky Hoskins Episode 5.1
2017 The Replacement Kay Gillies Episode 1
2018 Shetland Kate Kilmuir Series 4
2018 Stan Lee's Lucky Man DS Elizabeth Gray Sky One
2020 Tin Star Georgia Simmons Series 3
2021 Traces Julie Hedges BBC One


Date Title Notes
4 July 2014 The Events BBC Radio 4


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 2013 for ATC London. Written by David Greig


  1. ^ McIntosh, Neve [@McIntoshNeve] (8 January 2013). "So pls save all your birthday love until the 9th April" (Tweet). Retrieved 12 January 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Neve McIntosh". Paisley Scotland.
  3. ^ "Neve McIntosh Source!". Moon Fruit.
  4. ^ a b "Interview: Neve McIntosh finds her new role as a woman who has suffered miscarriages is emotional". The Scotsman. 18 July 2009.
  5. ^ Walker, Tim (16 October 2013). "The Events, Young Vic, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  6. ^ Korshak, Yvonne (15 February 2015). "Review: The Events". Let's Talk Off-Broadway. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Theatre review: Meet Me At Dawn". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Second Clip for UK Import Salvage Rears its Head". Dread Central. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  9. ^ Millar, John (21 March 2010). "Scots star Neve McIntosh gets horror makeover for Doctor Who role". Daily Record.
  10. ^ Foster, Chuck (31 May 2011). "Doctor Who News Page: A Good Man Goes to War Introduction/Publicity". Retrieved 3 June 2011. (Click on "Publicity Photos" tab to see image.)
  11. ^ Doran, Sarah (15 March 2017). "The Replacement: who's who in BBC maternity drama - Morven Christie, Vicky McClure, Dougray Scott, Richard and Rankin". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  12. ^ Feinstein, Sharon (22 December 2002). "I'll bring my babies home to Scotland". Sunday Mail – via

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