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Neve Campbell

at the 2006 BAFTAs
Born Neve Adrianne Campbell
October 3, 1973 (1973-10-03) (age 36)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Jeff Colt (1995–1998)
John Light (2007–present)

Neve Adrianne Campbell (pronounced /ˈnɛv ˈkæmbəl/, "nev camble"; born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. Beginning her career on stage, she came to fame on the 1990s television series Party of Five, playing the role of the teenager Julia Salinger. She subsequently appeared in leading roles in several Hollywood films, including Scream, The Craft, and Wild Things, and has since appeared in smaller parts and returned to 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, the Netherlands. 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. Campbell is Roman Catholic, but also identifies as Jewish because of her mother's Sephardic Jewish ancestry, about which she has said: "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's parents divorced when she was two years old. She and 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.[2]


Campbell first starring role was Daisy in the Canadian youth TV series Catwalk, which she held from 1992 to 1994. 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.

Campbell's first widely released film was 1996's The Craft. She then had a starring role in the Scream horror film trilogy. 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."[citation needed]

Campbell also appeared in Wild Things and Three to Tango. In 1998, she was on People's "50 Most Beautiful People" list.

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, and the 2003 film The Company, about Chicago's Joffrey Ballet. Campbell co-wrote, produced, and starred in that film.

Next came the independent film When Will I Be Loved, in which she appeared nude. Released in 2004, the film was praised by critic Roger Ebert[5] 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.[6] Later in 2006, Campbell performed again in the West End in Love Song, alongside Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean, and Kristen Johnston, to mixed reviews.[7]

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 September 2009, it was confirmed that Campbell signed on to once again portray Sidney Prescott in Scream 4, which is due out in theaters after 2010.

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 on May 8, 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 have lived together in London for the last 5 years.[8] They married in Malibu in May 2007.[9]

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 one episode, #3.15 (uncredited)
1992 The Kids in the Hall Laura Capelli one episode, #3.13
Catwalk Daisy McKenzie TV series
1994 The Dark Jesse Donovan
The Passion of John Ruskin Ephemera "Effie"
Paint Cans Tristesse
I Know My Son Is Alive Beth TV
The Forget-Me-Not Murders Jess Foy TV
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Nonnie Walker one episode, "Tale of the Dangerous Soup"
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Trish Collins one episode, "Kundela"
Aventures dans le Grand Nord Nepeese one episode, "Bari"
1995 Love Child Deidre
MADtv Julia Salinger one episode, #1.3
1996 The Craft Bonnie
Scream Sidney Prescott Saturn Award for Best Actress
The Canterville Ghost Virginia "Ginny" Otis
1997 Scream 2 Sidney Prescott Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1998 54 Julie Black
Hairshirt Renée Weber
Wild Things Suzie Marie Toller
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Adult Kiara Voice
1999 Three to Tango Amy Post
2000 Drowning Mona Ellen Rash
Panic Sarah Cassidy
Scream 3 Sidney Prescott
Party of Five Julia Salinger 143 episodes, 1994-2000
2001 Investigating Sex Alice
2002 Last Call Frances Kroll aka Fitzgerald
2003 Lost Junction Missy Lofton
The Company Loretta "Ry" Ryan
Blind Horizon Chloe Richards
2004 When Will I Be Loved Vera Barrie
Churchill: The Hollywood Years Princess Elizabeth
2005 Reefer Madness Miss Poppy
2006 Relative Strangers Ellen Minola
2007 Closing the Ring Marie
Love Bites Mina
I Really Hate My Job Waitress
Partition Margaret Stilwell
Medium Debra 3 episodes, 2007
2008 Agent Crush Cassie voice
Burn Up Holly Mini Series, 2 episodes
Sea Wolf Maude Brewster TV miniseries
2009 Owl Song Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Vivaldi Norina
The Philanthropist Olivia Maidstone TV Series, Series Regular
The Simpsons Cassandra Episode:Rednecks and Broomsticks;Special Guest Voice
2010 Scream 4 Sidney Prescott


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Neve Campbell

Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian film and television actress.


  • I am a practicing Catholic, but my lineage is Jewish, so if someone asks me if I'm Jewish, I say yes.
  • TS (Tourette's Syndrome) has really taught me a lesson about judging people who are different. Now when I see somebody do or say something I don't understand, I try to look beyound appearances and ask myself what makes that person tick - no pun intended. Think about it: When you keep an open mind about things that seem unusual or strange, all sorts of new understanding come to you. The world gets bigger, and so do you.
    • Celebrity Diary, Teen People Magazine, April 2000

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