Neve Campbell

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Neve Campbell
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Campbell at Fan Expo Canada in September 2015.
Born Neve Adrianne Campbell
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 43)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Jeff Colt (m. 1995; div. 1998)
John Light (m. 2007; div. 2011)
Partner(s) JJ Feild (2012–present)
Children 1
Relatives Christian Campbell (brother)

Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film series Scream. She got her start appearing in the Canadian television series Catwalk, before she played Julia Salinger in the American drama series Party of Five. She has starred in films such as The Craft (1996), Wild Things (1998), Panic (2000), and The Company (2003). Campbell has also made guest appearances on several television series, such as Medium, Grey's Anatomy and Mad Men, as well as a starring role in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama series House of Cards.

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Guelph, Ontario. Her mother, Marnie (née Neve), is a yoga instructor and psychologist from Amsterdam.[1] Her British 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 then 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 descends 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. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. At age six, she 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 Campbell 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 John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph.[5]


Campbell at the Emmy Awards in 1997

Campbell appeared in a 1991 Coca-Cola commercial and promoted its sponsorship on Bryan Adams' Waking Up the Nation Tour (1991–1992). Her first starring role was as Daisy in the Canadian youth series Catwalk, (1992–1994). She made several guest appearances on shows such as The Kids In The Hall, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Described as "television's most believable teenager", Campbell rose to fame in United States outside Canada after playing Julia Salinger in the American drama series Party of Five, (1994–2000).[6] The show won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.

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 (1997) earning over $170 million, Scream 3 (2000) over $160 million, and Scream 4 (2011) 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."[7] Campbell appeared in Wild Things and 54, both of which were moderately successful. She also voiced Kiara in the Disney animated direct-to-video musical film sequel, 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 starred in Last Call with 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, and the independent film When Will I Be Loved (2004), which 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 short-lived drama series The Philanthropist.

In 2011, Campbell reprised her role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film Scream 4 and starred in The Glass Man, which received a limited release, and the film Singularity, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. She also appeared in the 2012 miniseries Titanic: Blood and Steel, and starred in the 2013 Lifetime film An Amish Murder. Campbell guest-starred in several television series, including Medium, The Simpsons, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men and Welcome to Sweden.

In 2015, she starred in the WGN series Manhattan. On June 30, 2015, it was announced that Campbell would star in the Netflix television drama House of Cards starting from season 4. She portrayed Texas based political consultant Leann Harvey.[11]

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". She 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).

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 (2001). The couple became engaged in December 2005 and married in Malibu, California on May 5, 2007.[12] The couple lived together in Islington, London for five years,[13] until Campbell filed for divorce on June 30, 2010, in Los Angeles, California.[14]

In March 2012, Campbell and her partner, actor JJ Feild, confirmed that they were expecting their first child together.[15] Their son Caspian was born in August 2012.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Dark Officer Jesse Donovan
1994 Paint Cans Tristesse
1994 The Passion of John Ruskin Effie Gray Short film
1996 Love Child Deidre
1996 The Craft Bonnie
1996 Scream Sidney Prescott
1997 Scream 2 Sidney Prescott
1998 Wild Things Suzie Marie Toller
1998 54 Julie Black
1998 Hairshirt Renée Weber
1999 Three to Tango Amy Post
2000 Drowning Mona Ellen Rash
2000 Panic Sarah Cassidy
2000 Scream 3 Sidney Prescott
2002 Investigating Sex Alice
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
2006 Relative Strangers Ellen Minola
2007 Partition Margaret Stilwell
2007 I Really Hate My Job Abi
2007 Closing the Ring Marie
2008 Agent Crush Cassie Voice
2011 Scream 4 Sidney Prescott
2011 The Glass Man Julie Pyrite
2015 Walter Allie
TBA Bremen Town Musicians Princess Lielle Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1991 My Secret Identity Student Uncredited
Episode: "Pirate Radio"
1992 The Kids in the Hall Laura Capelli Episode: #3.13
1992 Catwalk Daisy McKenzie 4 episodes
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 Episode: "Tale of the Dangerous Soup"
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Trish Collins Episode: "Kundela"
1994 Aventures dans le Grand Nord Nepeese Episode: "Bari"
1994–2000 Party of Five Julia Salinger 142 episodes
1995 MADtv Julia Salinger Episode: #1.6
1996 The Canterville Ghost Virginia "Ginny" Otis Television film
1997 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Neve Campbell/David Bowie"
2002 Last Call Frances Kroll Television film
2005 Reefer Madness Miss Poppy Television film
2007 Medium Debra 3 episodes
2008 Burn Up Holly 2 episodes
2009 The Philanthropist Olivia Maidstone 8 episodes
2009 Sea Wolf Maud Brewster Miniseries
2009 The Simpsons Cassandra (voice) 2 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel Joanna 6 episodes
2012 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Lizzie Shepherd 2 episodes
2013 An Amish Murder Kate Burkholder Television film[17]
2014 Mad Men Lee Cabot Episode: "Time Zones"
2015 Welcome to Sweden Diane 4 episodes
2015 Manhattan Kitty Oppenheimer 2 episodes
2016 House Of Cards LeAnn Harvey 13 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Kiara Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
1996 The Canterville Ghost Family Film Award for Best Actress – TV Won
1997 Party of Five Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Scream MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Actress Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Actress Won
1998 Scream 2 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Horror Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance Won
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Actress Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Actress Nominated
1999 Party of Five Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Nominated
Wild Things MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Matt Dillon and Denise Richards) Nominated
2000 Scream 3 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance Nominated
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Horror Won
2003 Last Call Prism Award for Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries Won
2011 Scream 4 Scream Award for Best Horror Actress Nominated
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Neve Campbell Biography". Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Findlay, Jane; Lorna Hughes (February 20, 2000). "SCREEN STAR'S SCOTS DREAM; NEVE CAMPBELL JUST CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT THE LAND OF HER FATHER". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ Kahn, Robert (December 29, 2003). "Love Matches Up 2 Tennis Couples". Newsday. Retrieved October 18, 2010. "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 February 22, 2010. 
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  6. ^ London Academy of Media Film & TV "Neve Campbell Movies"
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 4, 2000). "Scream 3 by Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ ":: :: Reviews :: When Will I Be Loved (xhtml)". September 24, 2004. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Print Edition". Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Johnston, McKean and Murphy to Star in West End Love Song, Buzz Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  11. ^ Piester, Lauren (June 30, 2015). "Neve Campbell Joins House of Cards As A Series Regular". Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "article". People. 
  13. ^ "IOL: Campbell settles in London with fiancé". Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Neve Campbell Files Divorce On the Down Low". TMZ. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Neve Campbell and JJ Feild Expecting First Child". People. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Neve Campbell Introduces Newborn Son Caspian To The World". GossipOverload. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ An Amish Murder. Lifetime. 2013. 

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