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Stephanie McIntosh (born 5 July 1985) is an Australian actress and singer. She is known for her role as Sky Mangel in the Australian soap opera Neighbours and her music career, which began with the release of her debut album Tightrope in September 2006.

Background

McIntosh attended Firbank and then Melbourne Girls Grammar Schoolmarker, which she left to pursue her career on Neighbours. She has two older sisters, Katherine and Olivia. She is the half sister of Jason Donovan, himself a former Neighbours star. Her mother Sue McIntosh, is a former newsreader for ABC Newsmarker.

Career

Actress

McIntosh's acting debut was in the film The Wilde Girls alongside Olivia Newton John as well as the Australian kids' TV show, The Legacy of the Silver Shadow, both small guest appearances.

In 2003, McIntosh became a regular on Australian soap opera Neighbours playing character "Sky Mangel". For her 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, but lost to Isabel Lucas from Home and Away. She left the series when her contract expired in April 2007 to pursue her singing career.

On May 25, 2008, an article in the Herald Sun stated that McIntosh has been in LAmarker for months, meeting with potential agents and managers hoping to make it big over there. She has landed a number of high-profile auditions over there, including trying for a role in the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and she has reportedly been sounded out regarding several high-profile shows in Australia.

A follow-up article in the Herald Sun on June 26, 2008 has stated that she got a callback for the lead role for a new CBS series called Harper's Island, and has landed an auditionfor the new Beverly Hills 90210 series. More tryouts in the US are scheduled for later on in 2008,. She said she will carry on trying until the end of 2008, saying "You never know when the lucky audition is going to come along. You can have 1000 unlucky auditions but all you need is one lucky one. And it would be devastating to come home just before it comes along."

Singer

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, McIntosh signed a five-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 July 28, 2006, the day before the release of her debut single Mistake, and finished on September 15, 2006, the date the music video for her second single Tightrope was released.

Her debut single "Mistake", was released on July 29, 2006 and premiered on Australian radio on June 26, 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, but did not chart as well as "Mistake". 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 to be lifted from the album, "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 March 19, 2007. At her appearance on Habbo Hotel on March 8, 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, however this increasingly looks unlikely. McIntosh was also nominated for "Spankin' New Artist" at the 2006 MTV Australia Video Music Awards, at which she also performed. Stephanie performed "So Do I Say Sorry First?" and struggled with part of the song where she was without musical backing , and her performance was cut from later screenings of the show . This was the second time she had struggled live , following a poorly received performance on The AFL Footy Show.

"Mistake" was the debut single released from Tightrope in the UKmarker, with McIntosh promoting the album there in June 2007. Mistake was available in the UK for download only on June 18, 2007, with its physical release being a week later on June 25, 2007. McIntosh did a lot of promotional work on British radio and TV. Mistake debuted at #168 on the UK Singles Chart purely on downloads before reaching its peak of #47 upon its physical release.

The album, Tightrope, was to be released in the UK on July 2, 2007, but was delayed to August 20, 2007 due to the single Mistake not doing so well. In the weeks leading up to the release it peaked at #11 on the UK Top 100 Pre-order Albums Chart before its release, but did not chart on the UK Albums Chart. "So Do I Say Sorry First?" was released as the second UK single. It was available in the UK for download only on August 6, 2007 and then its physical release would have been a week later on August 13; however, several days after the download release date, it was announced that "So Do I Say Sorry First?" would be a 'download exclusive' single. It later peaked at #258 on the UK Singles Chart.

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

Other works

As a child she also did some modelling work.

McIntosh was also approached in 2008 to be part of Dancing with the Stars in Australia, but has not appeared in the new series.

Personal life

McIntosh had been dating St Kilda football player Nick Riewoldt,. They have decided to split up after 4 years, but remain good friends. There have been rumours that McIntosh was romantically linked to actor Adrian Grenier during his stay in Australia, but she has recently denied these rumours.

Filmography

Year Title Character 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 Neighbours Sky Mangel TV Series - left in April 2007
2006 The Steph Show Herself Reality Show


Awards and recognition

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


Discography

This section documents the full discography of Stephanie McIntosh.

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions ARIA certifications

(sales thresholds)

AUS

UK

IRE

2006/2007 Tightrope 4 Gold
Sales: 50,000
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions ARIA Certifications Album
AUS

UK IRE
2006 "Mistake" 3 47 54 Gold Tightrope
"Tightrope" 16
2007 "So Do I Say Sorry First?" 34 258
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Music videos

Song Director Released
"Mistake" Anthony Rose July 10, 2006
"Tightrope" Anthony Rose September 15, 2006
"So Do I Say Sorry First?" Anthony Rose January 15, 2007


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