Pollyanna McIntosh

Pollyanna McIntosh (born 1978/1979) is a Scottish-born actress known for her roles in films Exam (2009), The Woman (2011), Let Us Prey (2014), the first season of Joe R. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard (2016), a starring role in The Walking Dead (2017–2018) and The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2021), and social issue horror film Darlin' (2019) which she wrote, directed and starred in. McIntosh also portrays Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark in the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla (2022).

Pollyanna McIntosh
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Born1978/1979 (age 42–43)
Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Years active2005–present
(m. 2004; div. 2011)


Pollyanna McIntosh was born in Dunbartonshire, Scotland. From ages two to five, she and her family lived in Portugal. They then lived in Edinburgh before moving to Colombia. Her father was an actor, but he became a businessman working for a thread company so that he could spend more time with his family. McIntosh attended St. George's School for Girls.[1]

McIntosh debuted as an actress aged 16, appearing in London's independent film and theatre as both an actress and director. In 2004 she moved to Los Angeles and directed the stage production The Woolgatherer with Anne Dudek and Dyan David Fisher. In 2005, she received her first film role in Headspace. In 2009 she starred in Exam and was nominated for both Best Work of a Rookie at the BAFTA Awards and the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2011, she was cast in the film The Woman for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards.[2] In 2016 she was cast as Angel in the SundanceTV series Hap and Leonard[3] and was cast the following year as Jadis ("Anne") in a starring role on The Walking Dead.[4][5] Her debut feature as a script writer and director, the social issue horror film Darlin', premiered at the South-by-Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in March 2019.

McIntosh also pursues a career in fashion[6] and works in support of young people's charity the Joshua Nolan Foundation.

She was married to actor Grant Show from 2004 to 2011.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Headspace Stacy
2007 9 Lives of Mara Mara/Maria
2007 Sex and Death 101 Thumper (#64)
2009 All Ages Night Varela
2009 Exam Brunette
2009 Land of the Lost Pakuni Woman
2009 Offspring The Woman
2010 Burke & Hare Mary
2011 The Woman The Woman Sequel to Offspring
2012 I Do Catherine
2012 The Famous Joe Project Nova
2012 Prevertere
2012 Carlos Spills the Beans Hot Girl
2013 Blue Dream Amanda
2013 Noise Matters Rose
2013 Love Eternal Naomi Clarke
2013 Filth Size Queen
2013 Como Quien No Quiere La Cosa Missis Terrier
2014 Let Us Prey PC. Rachel Heggie
2014 White Settlers Sarah
2014 The Herd Doctor
2015 Tales of Halloween Bobbie Segment: "Ding Dong"
2016 Native Matilda
2019 Darlin' The Woman Sequel to The Woman. Also wrote and directed
2019 Deathcember Radio Host (voice)
2020 Revenge Ride Trigga
TBA Double Blind Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bats: Human Harvest Katya Zemanova TV movie
2009 Taggart Morag Shearer 1 episode: "Cold Reader"
2011 Dani's House Mystery Astronaut 1 episode: "One Small Step for Sam"
2012 Book Club Sexy Yoga Student 1 episode: "Book Club Reads... 'Cougar Enchantments' by Del Mari Fuentes"
2013 Waterloo Road Olivia McAllister 1 episode: "Bad Boy"
2013 Bob Servant Independent Philippa Edwards 5 episodes
2013 Casualty Georgia Bates 1 episode: "Bedside Manners"
2013 M.I. High Crime Minster/Jenny Lane 13 episodes
2016 Hap and Leonard Angel 6 episodes
2017–2018 The Walking Dead Jadis / Anne Recurring (Season 7)
Also starring (Seasons 8–9)
15 episodes
2017 The Last Tycoon Vera Chase 1 episode: "A More Perfect Union"
2017–2018 Talking Dead Herself 3 episodes
2019 Lodge 49 Clara Recurring (Season 2)
2020 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Metatron 1 episode (Season 4)
2021 The Walking Dead: World Beyond Jadis Stokes Main role (Season 2)
2022 Vikings: Valhalla Ælfgifu of Northampton

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2010 Dante's Inferno Bella
2017 Middle-earth: Shadow of War Shelob
2022 Forspoken Tanta Prave


  1. ^ "Pollyanna McIntosh on being happy in her own skin". The Scotsman. 9 November 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ Smith, Nigel M (11 October 2011). "Meet Pollyanna McIntosh, The Woman Behind "The Woman"". Indiewire. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ Mcintosh, Pollyanna. "6 questions for Pollyanna Mcintosh". SundanceTV. Archived from the original on 14 August 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ McIntosh, Pollyanna (20 February 2017). "New Leader on The Walking Dead". Variety. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. ^ Pollyanna McIntosh, as Jadis in The Walking Dead (21 February 2017). "New role for McIntosh". The Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  6. ^ Howard, Ali (5 September 2014). "On the up: taking tea with Pollyanna McIntosh". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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