Neve Campbell

Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell

Campbell in 2009
Born Neve Adrianne Campbell
October 3, 1973 (1973-10-03) (age 38)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse Jeff Colt (m. 1995–1998) «start: (1995)–end+1: (1999)»"Marriage: Jeff Colt to Neve Campbell" Location: (linkback://
John Light (m. 2007–2010) «start: (2007)–end+1: (2011)»"Marriage: John Light to Neve Campbell" Location: (linkback://

Neve Adrianne Campbell (play /ˈnɛv ˈkæmbəl/; born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. After beginning her career on stage, and on numerous commercials, she starred on the Canadian television series Catwalk. She then rose to international fame on the Golden Globe-winning 1990s television series Party of Five, playing the role of teenager Julia Salinger. She played the role from 1994 to when the show ended in 2000. In 2009 she returned to television by appearing in the NBC series The Philanthropist. She has also had many television guest appearances.

She made her feature film debut in 1996's The Craft. That year she then gained worldwide success due to starring in the lead role as Sidney Prescott in the hugely successful horror film Scream, directed by Wes Craven and later in its sequels. The role has earned her critical acclaim. In 2011, she reprised her role as Sidney Prescott in Scream 4.

She starred in the erotic thriller Wild Things, in 1998. She then starred in several films that were critically acclaimed but received a limited theatrical release including Panic (2000) and The Company (2003). She has since returned to smaller roles and stage roles.


Early life

Campbell was born in Guelph, Ontario. Campbell's mother, Marnie (née Neve), is a yoga instructor and psychologist[1] from Amsterdam. Her father, Gerry Campbell, an immigrant to Canada from the East End of Glasgow, Scotland,[2] taught high school drama classes in Mississauga, Ontario — first at Westwood Secondary School (now Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School), later at Lorne Park Secondary School, and now at Erindale Secondary School. Campbell's maternal grandparents ran a theatre company in the Netherlands and her paternal grandparents were also performers. On her mother's side, Campbell is descended from Sephardic Jews who immigrated to the Netherlands and converted to Catholicism; she has stated, "I am a practicing Catholic, but my lineage is Jewish, so if someone asks me if I'm Jewish, I say yes".[3][4]

Campbell has three brothers, Christian, Alex, and Damian (aka Damian McDonald). Her parents divorced when she was two years old. She and her brother Christian resided largely with their father (who received custody of the two),[2] with regular periods at their mother's home, until Neve was nine years old. At that time, she moved into residence at the National Ballet School of Canada, training there and appearing in performances of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.[2] Campbell moved from dancing into acting at the age of 15, when she performed in The Phantom of the Opera at the Canon Theatre in Toronto while attending John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph during her time at home.[2]

Acting career

Early roles

She appeared in a 1991 Coca-Cola commercial promoting its sponsorship on Bryan Adams' 1991–1992 "Waking Up the Nation", the tour promoting his album "Waking Up the Neighbours".

Campbell's first starring role was Daisy in the Canadian youth TV series Catwalk, which she held from 1992 to 1994. She made several guest appearances on shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. She rose to fame outside Canada after being cast as Julia Salinger in the drama series Party of Five, in which she performed from 1994 to 2000.[5] The show won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.


Campbell's first widely released film was 1996's The Craft.

Campbell at the Emmy Awards in 1997

She then had a leading role in Scream (1996), directed by Wes Craven. In the film, she plays Sidney Prescott, a teenage girl, who receives threatening phone calls from a killer with a Ghostface persona, who is obsessed with scary movies, on the anniversary of her mother's death. Campbell stated that she "adored" the character saying "She's a fantastic character for any kind of movie." Sidney is depicted as an intelligent, resourceful young woman who slowly becomes stronger as she attempts to overcome the threats and deaths around her.[6]

The film was a huge success, earning over $173 million at the worldwide box office, and winning critical acclaim. Campbell's role as Sidney Prescott has received significant critical praise throughout the series, earning her the title of Scream Queen in the 1990s. Campbell won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Scream. She also received two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favourite Actress – Horror, for Scream 2 and Scream 3.

The film was followed by three sequels, all of which were also hugely successful, with Scream 2 earning over $170 million, Scream 3 earning over $160 million and Scream 4 earning over $97 million. Campbell won the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance for Scream 2. Roger Ebert, in his review of Scream 3, wrote of Campbell, "The camera loves her. She could become a really big star and then giggle at clips from this film at her AFI tribute".[7]

Campbell also appeared in Wild Things, opposite Denise Richards, Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon, and 54, both of which were moderately successful. She also appeared in Three to Tango with Matthew Perry. She also provided the voice of Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. In both 1998 and 2000, she was on People's "50 Most Beautiful People" list. In 1998 she was ranked #3 in Empire's 100 sexiest movie stars. Campbell was also included in FHM's 'sexiest women in the world' list in 1998 (#31), 1999 (#20), 2000 (#31) and 2001 (#42).


Campbell at the 2006 BAFTA Awards.

Following the last of the Scream series, Campbell appeared in several films that received a limited theatrical release but were well reviewed by critics, including the 2000 film Panic, in which she appeared alongside William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland. She starred in the 2003 film The Company, about Chicago's Joffrey Ballet. Campbell co-wrote, produced, and starred in that film. In 2002, she appeared in Last Call opposite Sissy Spacek and Jeremy Irons, for which she won a Prism Award for Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries. Next came the independent film When Will I Be Loved. Released in 2004, the film was praised by critic Roger Ebert[8] but received only a brief and limited theatrical release. In Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (2009 edition), the film critic describes it as an "Unlikable film ... crammed with coldhearted characters who are obsessed with big bucks, sleazy sex, and endless hustling."

In March 2006, Campbell made her West End theatre debut, in a version of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues at the Old Vic theatre. Matthew Modine and Maximilian Schell also appeared in the play, which received mixed reviews. Resurrection Blues was directed by Robert Altman, with whom Campbell had previously worked in The Company.[9] Later in 2006, Campbell performed again in the West End in Love Song, alongside Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean, and Kristen Johnston, to mixed reviews.[10]

On June 24, 2009, Campbell returned to television in a starring role on NBC's The Philanthropist. On July 7, 2007, she presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2007, she was featured for a third time on People most beautiful people list.

She had a guest voice role on The Simpsons in the episode "Rednecks and Broomsticks" in 2009.

On April 1, 2010, the screenwriter of the Scream franchise, Kevin Williamson, confirmed that Campbell would once again portray Sidney Prescott in Scream 4,[11] which was released on April 15, 2011.[12]

Personal life

Campbell married fellow Canadian and actor Jeff Colt on April 3, 1995. The couple, who met when he was a bartender at Toronto's Pantages Theatre, divorced in May 1998. In 2005, Campbell began dating John Light, an English actor whom she met while filming the movie Investigating Sex. The couple became engaged in December 2005, and married in Malibu on May 5, 2007.[13] The couple lived together in Islington, North London for 5 years,[14] before Campbell filed for divorce on June 30, 2010 in Los Angeles.[15]

Campbell has appeared in campaign literature and videos for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and the Tourette Syndrome Association, a similar organization in the United States.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 My Secret Identity Student Television series; one episode, #3.15 (uncredited)
1992 The Kids in the Hall Laura Capelli Television series; one episode, #3.13
1992 Catwalk Daisy McKenzie Television series
1994 The Dark Jesse Donovan
1994 The Passion of John Ruskin Effie Gray Short film
1994 Paint Cans Tristesse
1994 I Know My Son Is Alive Beth Television film
1994 The Forget-Me-Not Murders Jess Foy Television film
1994 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Nonnie Walker Television series; one episode, "Tale of the Dangerous Soup"
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Trish Collins Television series; one episode, "Kundela"
1994 Aventures dans le Grand Nord Nepeese Television series; one episode, "Bari"
1994–2000 Party of Five Julia Salinger Television series; 143 episodes, 1994–2000
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress (1999)
1995 Love Child Deidre
1995 MADtv Julia Salinger Television series; one episode, #1.3
1996 The Craft Bonnie
1996 Scream Sidney Prescott Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1996 The Canterville Ghost (1995 TV) Virginia "Ginny" Otis Family Film Award for Best Actress – TV
1997 Scream 2 Sidney Prescott Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Horror
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1998 54 Julie Black
1998 Hairshirt Renée Weber
1998 Wild Things Suzie Marie Toller Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with: Matt Dillon and Denise Richards)
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Kiara Voice
1999 Three to Tango Amy Post
2000 Drowning Mona Ellen Rash
2000 Panic Sarah Cassidy
2000 Scream 3 Sidney Prescott Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Horror
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
2001 Investigating Sex Alice
2002 Last Call Frances Kroll Television film
Prism Award for Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries
2003 Lost Junction Missy Lofton
2003 The Company Loretta "Ry" Ryan
2003 Blind Horizon Chloe Richards
2004 When Will I Be Loved Vera Barrie
2004 Churchill: The Hollywood Years Princess Elizabeth
2005 Reefer Madness Miss Poppy
2006 Relative Strangers Ellen Minola
2007 Closing the Ring Marie
2007 Love Bites Mina
2007 I Really Hate My Job Waitress
2007 Partition Margaret Stilwell
2007 Medium Debra Television series; 3 episodes, 2007
2008 Agent Crush Cassie Voice
2008 Burn Up Holly Television miniseries, 2 episodes
2008 Sea Wolf Maude Brewster Television miniseries
2009 Dirty Oil Narrator Voice
2009 Owl Song Peggy Glanville-Hicks
2009 Vivaldi Norina
2009 The Philanthropist Olivia Maidstone Television series; series regular
2009 The Simpsons Cassandra Voice; Episode: "Rednecks and Broomsticks"
2011 Scream 4 Sidney Prescott 2011 Scream Awards: Nominated for Best Horror Actress
2011 Teen Choice Awards for Best Horror Movie: Nomination
2011 The Glass Man Julie Pyrite
2011 Vivaldi Norina Filming
2011 Singularity Laura Fennel Post-production[16]


  1. ^ "Neve Campbell Biography". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d Findlay, Jane; Lorna Hughes (2000-02-20). "SCREEN STAR'S SCOTS DREAM; NEVE CAMPBELL JUST CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT THE LAND OF HER FATHER". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  3. ^ Kahn, Robert (2003-12-29). "Love Matches Up 2 Tennis Couples". Newsday. Retrieved 2010-10-18. ""I am a practicing Catholic, but my lineage is Jewish, so if someone asks me if I'm Jewish, I say yes." That's Neve Campbell at Elaine's after the premiere of "The Company," explaining to Webster Hall's Baird Jones that "Neve" was a family name that was first used by her ancestors, Sephardic Jews who later emigrated to the Netherlands and converted to Catholicism." 
  4. ^ "Neve Campbell -MiniBio". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  5. ^ London Academy of Media Film & TV "Neve Campbell Movies"
  6. ^ Wes Craven: The Art of Horror by John Kenneth Muir; Published by McFarland, 2004, ISBN 0786419237, 9780786419234.
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (2000-02-04). "Scream 3 by Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  8. ^ ":: :: Reviews :: When Will I Be Loved (xhtml)". 2004-09-24. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  9. ^ "Print Edition". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Johnston, McKean and Murphy to Star in West End Love Song, Buzz[dead link]
  11. ^ "Interview: KEVIN WILLIAMSON ON 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' AND THE NEXT 'SCREAM' FILM". IF Magazine. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Kevin Williamson Talks Neve Campbell's Scream 4 Return". Dread Central. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  13. ^ Article in People,,20038016,00.html
  14. ^ "IOL: Campbell settles in London with fiancé". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  15. ^ "Neve Campbell Files Divorce On the Down Low". TMZ. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  16. ^ "Singularity: Neve Campbell joins Josh Hartnett's epic adventure film". Absolute Josh Hartnett (Olivier). 17 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 

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