Pollyanna McIntosh grew up in Portugal and Colombia before moving back to her birthplace of Scotland where she first began performing, on stage, at The Edinburgh Festival. She left home for London at sixteen and soon became involved in indie filmmaking (her first paid gig was as a stoner in irvine Welsh's The Acid House) and theatre, both as an actress and director.
A move to Los Angeles in 2004 brought on more theatre including a production of The Woolgatherer in which she directed Anne Dudek (a regular on "Mad Men" and "Big Love") and David Dyan Fisher (National Treasure/a regular on "24") to great reviews. She then landed her first US movie role as the manipulative, born again Christian, Stacy, in Headspace. It was as famous lesbian party girl, Thumper Wint in the comedy Sex and Death 101 (Simon Baker/Winona Ryder) by Heathers writer Daniel Waters that the critics really began to take note of her talent, citing a unique blend of powerful sexuality and irreverent humor.
Her darker side was shown to devastating effect in the noir thriller 9 Lives of Mara where she played Mara, a child's nightmare of a stepmother entrapping the father and driving the young son to his ruin.
Now living between LA and London, her recent work has had great variety.
- She performed for The Queen in a play at the age of nine. She played Henry the VIII.
- McIntosh is originally from Scotland but spent much of her childhood in South America. She moved back to Edinburgh and won the National Face of '95 Model Competition.
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