Torquil Campbell

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Torquil Campbell
Torquil Campbell performing live with Stars.jpg
Torquil Campbell performing live in Milwaukee during The Five Ghosts tour.
Background information
Also known asDead Child Star
Born (1972-03-17) 17 March 1972 (age 47)
Sheffield, England
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
Associated acts

Torquil Campbell (born 17 March 1972) is the co-lead singer and a songwriter for the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars. In addition to singing, he also plays the melodica, trumpet, synthesizer, and tambourine.[1] Campbell is also an actor and playwright, most recently co-creating and starring in True Crime, produced by Crow's Theatre.[2] He is a co-host of The Basement Revue Podcast, along with musician Jason Collett and poet Damian Rogers.[3] Previously, Campbell was a regular contributor to the CBC radio program Q.

Music career[edit]

Torquil is involved in a solo project called Dead Child Star, created in March 2008. The first album from Dead Child Star came out in January 2011, titled Cold Hands, Warm Heart. He is also a member of the band Memphis. They have released three albums, the latest of which, Here Comes a City, came out in 2011 by Arts and Crafts.[4] Their fourth album was completed in 2018 and is due for release.[5] In addition to his involvement in these projects, he occasionally records and performs with Broken Social Scene, a Canadian indie rock band and musical collective.

Theatre career[edit]

Campbell worked as an actor for much of his life, appearing onstage throughout North America, playing roles as diverse as Gary, the teenage prostitute in the original New York production of the controversial play Shopping and Fucking,[1] starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the title role in Shakespeare's Henry V.

He has directed theatre, including a production of Romeo and Juliet for the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival. Campbell has also had numerous acting roles in Canadian television series and TV movies, including the role of Bill Badger in the animated series Rupert, Pray for Me, Paul Henderson, and guest appearances in Sex and the City and Law & Order.[1] He has also appeared in several feature films. Additionally, Campbell has designed music and sound for theatre.[6]

Campbell is touring a play across Canada co-created with Chris Abraham[7] about convicted murderer and imposter, Christian Gerhartsreiter. Entitled True Crime, the play has been performed in Toronto, Stratford, Prince Edward County, Calgary, and Victoria.[2] It will be performed in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Mississauga, and Montreal in 2019.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Sheffield, England, and came to Canada during childhood with his family.[1] He is the son of the late actor Douglas Campbell and his wife, Moira Wylie. He attended and graduated from Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto before going on to study theatre in New York City.[9] Campbell is married and has one child. He and his family live in Vancouver.


  1. ^ a b c d Baumgarten, Suzanne (5 February 2009). "Heavenly Music: The Sun Interviews Torquil Campbell of Stars". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
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  3. ^ "The Basement Revue". iTunes. 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Stars' Torquil Campbell Releases Side Project LPs | News". Pitchfork. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "new memphis album!". indiegogo. 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Creating Hamlet's Playlist". Bard on the Beach. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
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