Yanna McIntosh is a Jamaican-born Canadian actress born in 1970. She graduated from University of Toronto and the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University where she trained for acting in theatrical productions. She once taught students of theatre at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Quebec and at Toronto, Ontario’s Humber College
She has featured in theatre, films and TV series. Her theatre credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Mary in Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, and Condoleezza Rice in David Hare’s Stuff Happens.
Yanna’s roles in television series include Dr. Currie in the medical drama Side Effects, Jenni Hernandez in Riverdale, Edna Myles in The Eleventh Hour, Dr. Rollins in Blue Murder, Zona Robinson in This is Wonderland, and Ms. Dymond in The Best Years.
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She has also starred in a number of movies, such as Atomic Train (1999), Strange Justice (1999), Deliberate Intent (2000), Spooky House (2000), Disclosure (2001), Crown Heights (2004), Chasing Freedom (2004), Reversible Errors (2004), Doomstown (2006), Matters of Life and Dating (2007) Heaven on Earth (2008) and others.
|Yanna McIntosh in Antony and Cleopatra|
In 2014, Yana played Cleopatra in a Stratford Festival production of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award nomination as best actress in a television film or miniseries at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards for the role.
Yana won the 2007 Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her performance as Pat Barrows in the 2006 made-for-TV movie Doomstown. In theatre, she has received six Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations in the Best Actress category. She won the award twice; once for Florence Gibson’s Belle and again for Athol Fugard’s Valley Song.
In 2011 McIntosh became the first ever person to win the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Ruined. For this role she also won the 2011 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role.