Neve Campbell

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Neve Campbell
Campbell in 2009
BornNeve Adrianne Campbell
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jeff Colt (m. 1995–1998)
John Light (m. 2007–2011)
Partner(s)JJ Feild
RelativesChristian Campbell (brother)
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Neve Campbell
Campbell in 2009
BornNeve Adrianne Campbell
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jeff Colt (m. 1995–1998)
John Light (m. 2007–2011)
Partner(s)JJ Feild
RelativesChristian Campbell (brother)

Neve Adrianne Campbell (/ˈnɛv ˈkæmbəl/; born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. She appeared in the Canadian television series Catwalk, before becoming widely known for her teenage role as Julia Salinger in the drama series Party of Five. She appeared in the film The Craft (1996), before gaining prominence for her lead role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film series Scream. She has also starred in the thriller Wild Things (1998) and later several films that were critically acclaimed but had a limited theatrical release, such as Panic (2000) and The Company (2003). She has made guest appearances on several television shows such as Saturday Night Live, Medium, Grey's Anatomy and Mad Men.

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Guelph, Ontario. Her mother, Marnie (née Neve), is a yoga instructor and psychologist from Amsterdam.[1] Her father, Gerry Campbell, immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland,[2] and taught high school drama classes in Mississauga, Ontario (first at Westwood Secondary School, later at Lorne Park Secondary School, and now at Erindale Secondary School). Campbell's maternal grandparents ran a theater company in the Netherlands and her paternal grandparents were also performers. On her mother's side, Campbell is descended from Sephardi Jews who immigrated to the Netherlands and converted to Catholicism. She has stated: "I am a practising 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 (known as Damian McDonald). Her parents divorced when she was two years old. At age six, Neve saw a performance of The Nutcracker and decided she wanted to take ballet, enrolling at the Erinvale School of Dance. She and her brother Christian lived mostly 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] After accumulating numerous dance-related injuries and a stress-induced nervous breakdown, she moved into acting at the age of 15, performing in The Phantom of the Opera at the Canon Theatre in Toronto while attending Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph.[2]


Campbell appeared in a 1991 Coca-Cola commercial, promoting its sponsorship on Bryan Adams' 1991–1992 Waking Up the Nation Tour. Her first starring role was as Daisy in the Canadian youth series Catwalk, which she played 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. Described as "television's most believable teenager", Campbell rose to fame outside Canada after being cast as Julia Salinger in the drama series Party of Five, which she played from 1994 to 2000.[5] The show won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.

Campbell at the Emmy Awards in 1997

Campbell's first widely released film was The Craft (1996). She starred as Sidney Prescott in Scream (1996), which was a huge success, earning over $173 million at the worldwide box office and winning critical acclaim. Her role has received significant critical praise throughout the Scream series, earning her the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Scream. The film was followed by three sequels, all of which were also successful, with Scream 2 earning over $170 million, Scream 3 over $160 million, and Scream 4 over $97 million. Campbell won the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance for Scream 2. In his review of Scream 3, Roger Ebert wrote: "The camera loves her. She could become a really big star and then giggle at clips from this film at her AFI tribute."[6] Campbell appeared in Wild Things and 54, both of which were moderately successful. She also appeared in Three to Tango and voiced Simba and Nala's daughter, Kiara in Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

Campbell at the 2006 BAFTA Awards

Following the third film in 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. 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. Campbell co-wrote, produced, and starred in the 2003 film The Company, about Chicago's Joffrey Ballet. Next came the independent film When Will I Be Loved. Released in 2004, the film was praised by critic Roger Ebert[7] 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.[8] Later in 2006, Campbell performed again in the West End in Love Song, alongside Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean, and Kristen Johnston, to mixed reviews.[9]

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. On June 24, 2009, Campbell returned to television in a starring role on NBC's The Philanthropist.

She had a guest voice role on The Simpsons in "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,[10] which was released on April 15, 2011.[11] She then starred in the film, The Glass Man, which received a limited release in 2011.[12] She appeared in the film Singularity, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.[13] Campbell had a starring role in the 12-part mini series, Titanic: Blood and Steel, which originally aired in the US from October 8, 2012 to October 13, 2012 on Encore. She played the role of Norina in the film Vivaldi. It follows the early life of Antonio Vivaldi, the famous musician. A release date for the film is still unknown.[14]

In October 2012, it was announced she would guest star on the popular television show, Grey's Anatomy for two episodes that aired in December 2012. Campbell reunites with former Scream 3 cast member Patrick Dempsey on the show, playing his sister, Lizzie.[15] It has also been suggested that she may later guest star in more episodes of the series.

Campbell starred in the 2013 Lifetime original movie, An Amish Murder. She plays the lead role of a police detective who returns home to her Amish community, years after surviving a brutal killing spree.[16] It premiered on the network on January 6, 2013. The film stood as a back-door pilot for the show, which would star Campbell, if the movie was successful.

Neve has also recently appeared on the National Geographic Channel for a few episodes of "The 90s: The Last Great Decade".

Personal life[edit]

Campbell married Canadian 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 actor whom she met while filming Investigating Sex. The couple became engaged in December 2005 and married in Malibu, California on May 5, 2007.[17] The couple lived together in Islington, North London for five years,[18] until Campbell filed for divorce on June 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.[19] In March 2012, Campbell and her partner, actor JJ Feild, confirmed that they were expecting their first child together.[20] Their son Caspian was born in August 2012.[21]

Campbell has appeared in campaign literature and videos for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and the Tourette Syndrome Association.

In the media[edit]

In 1998 and 2000, Campbell 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 (at #31), 1999 (at #20), 2000 (at #31) and 2001 (at #42).



1994The DarkJesse Donovan
1994The Passion of John RuskinEffie GrayShort
1994Paint CansTristesse
1994I Know My Son is AliveBethTelevision film
1994The Forget-Me-Not MurdersJess FoyTelevision film
1995Love ChildDeidre
1996The Canterville GhostVirginia "Ginny" OtisFamily Film Award for Best Actress – TV
1996The CraftBonnie
1996ScreamSidney PrescottSaturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1997Scream 2Sidney PrescottBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Horror
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
199854Julie Black
1998HairshirtRenée Weber
1998Wild ThingsSuzie Marie TollerNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Matt Dillon and Denise Richards)
1998The Lion King II: Simba's PrideKiaraVoice
1999Three to TangoAmy Post
2000Scream 3Sidney PrescottBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Horror
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
2000Drowning MonaEllen Rash
2000PanicSarah Cassidy
2001Investigating SexAlice
2002Last CallFrances KrollTelevision film
Prism Award for Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries
2003Lost JunctionMissy Lofton
2003The CompanyLoretta "Ry" Ryan
2003Blind HorizonChloe Richards
2004When Will I Be LovedVera Barrie
2004Churchill: The Hollywood YearsPrincess Elizabeth
2005Reefer MadnessMiss Poppy
2006Relative StrangersEllen Minola
2007Closing the RingMarie
2007Love BitesMina
2007I Really Hate My JobAbi
2007PartitionMargaret Stilwell
2008Agent CrushCassieVoice
2009Dirty OilNarratorVoice
2009Owl SongPeggy Glanville-Hicks
2011Scream 4Sidney PrescottNominated – Scream Award for Best Horror Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Best Horror Movie
2011The Glass ManJulie Pyrite
2013An Amish MurderKate BurkholderTelevision film
201?Bremen Town MusiciansPrincess LielleVoice


1991My Secret IdentityStudent1 episode
1992The Kids in the HallLaura Capelli1 episode
1992CatwalkDaisy McKenzie
1993Are You Afraid of the Dark?Nonnie WalkerEpisode: "Tale of the Dangerous Soup"
1994Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesTrish CollinsEpisode: "Kundela"
1994Aventures dans le Grand NordNepeeseEpisode: "Bari"
1994–2000Party of FiveJulia Salinger143 episodes
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress (1999)
1995MADtvJulia Salinger1 episode
1997Saturday Night LiveHost1 episode
2007MediumDebra3 episodes
2008Burn UpHolly2 episodes
2008Sea WolfMaude Brewster
2009The PhilanthropistOlivia Maidstone
2009The SimpsonsCassandraVoice
Episode: "Rednecks and Broomsticks"
2012Titanic: Blood and SteelJoanna
2012Grey's AnatomyLizzie Shepherd2 episodes
2014Mad MenLee Cabot

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  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. ^ Ebert, Roger (2000-02-04). "Scream 3 by Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times (Sun-Times Media Group). Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ ":: :: Reviews :: When Will I Be Loved (xhtml)". 2004-09-24. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  8. ^ "Print Edition". Retrieved 2010-02-22. [dead link]
  9. ^ Campbell, Johnston, McKean and Murphy to Star in West End Love Song, Buzz[dead link]
  10. ^ "Interview: KEVIN WILLIAMSON ON 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' AND THE NEXT 'SCREAM' FILM". IF Magazine. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Kevin Williamson Talks Neve Campbell's Scream 4 Return". Dread Central. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
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  17. ^ Article in People,,20038016,00.html
  18. ^ "IOL: Campbell settles in London with fiancé". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  19. ^ "Neve Campbell Files Divorce On the Down Low". TMZ. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  20. ^ "Neve Campbell and JJ Feild Expecting First Child". People. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Neve Campbell Introduces Newborn Son Caspian To The World". GossipOverload. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 

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