Stephanie McIntosh

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Stephanie McIntosh
Born (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 31)
Origin Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop rock, power pop
Occupation(s) Actress, singer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Universal

Stephanie McIntosh (born 5 July 1985)[1] is an Australian actress and singer. She played the role of Sky Mangel in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from 2003 to 2007, returning briefly for one episode in 2015 as part of the shows anniversary celebrations.[2] As a singer, she released her debut album, Tightrope, in September 2006. It peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart.


Stephanie McIntosh was born on 5 July 1985 and grew up in Malvern, Victoria. Her father is John McIntosh and her mother, Sue McIntosh (born 1947, Sue Menlove), is a former TV actress and ABC newsreader.[3] McIntosh has two older sisters, Katherine and Olivia.[4] Her mother was previously married to fellow actor, Terence Donovan (born 1942), they are the parents of Jason Donovan (born 1968), also an actor-singer – he is McIntosh's half-brother.[3]

McIntosh attended Firbank and then Melbourne Girls Grammar School, where she recalled "I involved myself in every play and every musical and I did drama classes".[5] She left during Year 12 to start her acting career.[5] McIntosh had worked with stand up comedian and part-time dancer, Tommy Dassalo, in a high-school musical.[6]



Stephanie McIntosh's acting debut was in the film The Wilde Girls (2001) as Carrie, alongside Olivia Newton-John. She followed with a role on Australian kids' TV show, The Legacy of the Silver Shadow (2002). In 2003 McIntosh became a regular on Australian soap opera Neighbours playing the character, Sky Mangel.[5] Her half-brother, Jason, had also acted in Neighbours from 1986 to 1989.[3]

For McIntosh's performance in Neighbours, she was nominated for the "Most Popular New Female Talent" award at the 46th Annual TV Week Logie Awards held in 2004. She was also nominated for "Favorite Hottie" at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. After filming over 500 episodes, she left Neighbours in April 2007, to focus on her singing career.[7]

McIntosh was approached in 2008 to appear on Dancing with the Stars in Australia,[8] however she has not appeared in the series.

In May 2008 the Herald Sun reported that McIntosh has been in Los Angeles, meeting with potential agents and managers. She landed a number of auditions, including trying for a role in the film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and she was sounded out for high-profile shows in Australia.[9] A follow-up article in the Herald Sun in June 2008 stated that she got a call back for the lead role for a CBS series called, Harper's Island, and has landed an audition for the new Beverly Hills, 90210 series.[10][11]

McIntosh appeared in the thriller, Liars All (2013) as Casey Kass[12] and in Red Herring (2014) as Charlie, which co-starred former Neighbours cast mate Holly Valance.[13]


McIntosh's music career began in 2004 when her version of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" was included on the album The Spirit of Christmas 2004.

In April 2006[14] McIntosh signed a multi-album deal with Universal Music Australia.

The two years that McIntosh spent making the album was turned into a reality TV show The Steph Show, produced by Tom Nichols and Arnon Woolfson. The show debuted on Network Ten on 28 July 2006, the day before the release of her debut single, "Mistake", and finished on 15 September 2006, the date the music video for her second single Tightrope was released.

Her debut single, "Mistake", was released on 29 July 2006 and premiered on Australian radio on 26 June 2006. It debuted on the ARIA Charts at #3, and was certified Gold in August 2006, with shipments of over 35,000 units.

"Tightrope", the second single to be lifted off the album, made the Australian top 20. The album debuted and peaked at #4 on the ARIA Charts and at #1 on the Australasian Charts and was also accredited Gold.

The third single, written by McIntosh, "So Do I Say Sorry First?", did not do as well as her previous singles, peaking at number #34 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

A special repackaged edition of the album Tightrope was released on 19 March 2007.[15] At her appearance on Habbo Hotel on 8 March 2007 McIntosh confirmed that the repackaged edition will feature remixes of the singles released from Tightrope as well as the bonus track "Catching My Breath". She also confirmed that a second season of The Steph Show is in the pipeline. McIntosh was also nominated for "Spankin' New Artist" at the 2006 MTV Australia Video Music Awards, at which she also performed "So Do I Say Sorry First?" Due to no musical backing on the night[citation needed], her performance was cut from later screenings of the show[citation needed].

McIntosh began performing at university bars and nightclubs across the UK in September 2007, which ended in November 2007 to build her popularity with UK fans.[16] In 2008 she started to focus more on her acting career.

Personal life[edit]

McIntosh dated AFL star Nick Riewoldt for four and a half years, breaking up in late 2009. In early 2014 she began dating Peter Hieatt, a landscape designer and in December 2014 McIntosh gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Milla McIntosh Hieatt.[17][18][19][20][21][22]


Year Title Character[23] Notes
2001 The Wilde Girls Carrie Guest role, alongside Olivia Newton-John
2002 Legacy of the Silver Shadow Samantha Guest role, TV series
Short Cuts Katie TV series, appeared in 1 episode
2003–2007, 2015 Neighbours Sky Mangel TV Series – Regular role
2006 The Steph Show Herself Reality Show
2010 My Dear[24] Mady Short film
2012 Liars All Casey Kass Film
2014 Red Herring Charlie Film

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
2004 Logie Awards Most Popular New Female Talent (Neighbours) Nominated
2007 MTV Awards Australia Spankin' New Artist (Tightrope) Nominated


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Tightrope 4


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Mistake" 2006 3 47 Tightrope
"Tightrope" 16
"So Do I Say Sorry First?" 2007 34
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos
Title Year Director
"Mistake" 2006 Anthony Rose
"So Do I Say Sorry First?" 2007


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  2. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (16 March 2015). "Neighbours 30th anniversary: Our guide to Ramsay Street's returnees". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
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  4. ^ Dennehy, Luke (23 September 2014). "Former Neighbours star Stephanie McIntosh shows off her baby bump". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
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  6. ^ Ballard, Tom; Breen, Harley; Dassalo, Tommy (4 September 2012). "Episode 102: Dassalo's Birthday". (Podcast). Little Dum Dum Club. Event occurs at 30:10. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Stephanie McIntosh turns off music to turn on LA". Sunday Herald Sun. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Stephanie McIntosh's Hollywood star in the rise". Herald Sun. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Stephanie McIntosh still in love". Herald Sun. 4 September 2008. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
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  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Artist Chart History – Stephanie McIntosh". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 

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