Neve Campbell

Neve Adrianne Campbell (/ˈnɛv ˈkæmbəl/; born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress and producer. She is best known for her starring roles as Julia Salinger in the Fox teen drama series Party of Five (1994–2000), and as Sidney Prescott in the slasher film franchise Scream (1996–present).

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Campbell at the 2015 Fan Expo Canada
Neve Adrianne Campbell

(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 47)
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active1991–present
Jeff Colt
(m. 1995; div. 1998)

(m. 2007; div. 2011)
Partner(s)JJ Feild (2011–present)
RelativesChristian Campbell (brother)

Campbell had prominent film roles in The Craft (1996), Wild Things, 54 (both 1998), and Three to Tango (1999). Her subsequent film credits include Drowning Mona, Panic (both 2000), The Company, Blind Horizon (both 2003), When Will I Be Loved, Churchill: The Hollywood Years (both 2004), Relative Strangers (2006), Partition, I Really Hate My Job, Closing the Ring (all 2007), Walter (2015), Skyscraper (2018), and Clouds (2020).

Campbell is also known for her starring roles as Daisy McKenzie in the Canadian musical drama series Catwalk (1992), Olivia Maidstone in the short-lived NBC action drama series The Philanthropist (2009), and LeAnn Harvey in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards (2016–2017).

Early lifeEdit

Campbell was born as Neve Adrianne Campbell on October 3, 1973 in Guelph, Ontario. Her Dutch mother, Marnie (née Neve), is a yoga instructor and psychologist from Amsterdam.[1] Her Scottish father, Gerry Campbell, immigrated to Canada from his native Glasgow, Scotland,[2] and taught high school drama classes in Mississauga, Ontario. 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 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. Her parents broke up 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 later 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, Campbell 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 Primetime 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 drama 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.

In early 1994 Campbell went to Los Angeles to find a talent manager to represent her, and ended up going on several auditions while she was looking.[6] One of these auditions was for Party of Five, which cast her in the role of orphaned teenager Julia Salinger, whereupon Campbell packed up her belongings in Canada and moved to the United States. Described as "television's most believable teenager", Campbell rose to fame in the United States through Party of Five, which ran for six seasons from 1994 to 2000.[7] The show garnered critical acclaim and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996. The show was cancelled after Campbell decided not to renew her contract for a seventh season, in order to have the freedom to pursue film work.[8]

Campbell's first widely released film was The Craft (1996), which she starred in alongside Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True. The movie was a surprise summer hit, earning $55 million against a budget of $15 million.[9][10]

Campbell's major rise to fame occurred when she starred as Sidney Prescott in the horror film Scream (1996), a major hit which earned over $173 million at the worldwide box office and won 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."[11]

Campbell appeared in the 1998 films, Hairshirt and 54 and voiced Kiara in the Disney animated musical film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. She followed this with a role in the erotic thriller film Wild Things (1998) alongside Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon and Denise Richards. In 2016, Glamour praised the film's female characters by describing Richards and Campbell as "two of the most well-rounded, fascinating, and exciting characters to ever grace the screen."[12]

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 starred with 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,[13] 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.[14] Later in 2006, Campbell performed again in the West End in Love Song, alongside Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean and Kristen Johnston, to mixed reviews.[15] On June 24, 2009, Campbell returned to television in a starring role on NBC's short-lived drama series The Philanthropist.

In 2011, Campbell starred in The Glass Man, which received a limited release. She starred in the drama 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 crime film An Amish Murder. Campbell guest-starred in several television series, including the NBC supernatural drama Medium, the Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons, the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, the AMC period drama Mad Men, and the NBC sitcom Welcome to Sweden.

It would have to be something really special and really different. They'd have to be really convincing about who they decided to bring on as director, and I'd still have to do a bit of soul-searching on that one.

— Campbell on the possibility of returning to the Scream series[16]

In 2015, she guest starred in the WGN period drama series Manhattan. On June 30, 2015, it was announced that Campbell would star in the Netflix television drama House of Cards, beginning in the fourth season. She portrayed Texas based political consultant LeAnn Harvey.[17] On June 22, 2017, it was reported that Campbell would star in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action film Skyscraper. She played Sarah Sawyer, the wife of Will (Dwayne Johnson). The film was released on July 13, 2018 to box office success.[18][19] Campbell also co-starred as Valerie Gannon in the 2018 independent drama film Hot Air.[20]

In 2019, Campbell starred as Rebecca Fine, a single mother struggling with a serious illness, in the Canadian drama film Castle in the Ground, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. That same year, it was announced that she would star as author Laura Sobiech in the biographical musical drama film Clouds, which was released on Disney+ in October 2020.[21]

In September 2020, it was confirmed that Campbell would be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott for the fifth Scream film, which was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.[22][23] The film will be released on January 14, 2022.[24][25]

In the mediaEdit

Campbell has been included in magazine lists of the world's most beautiful women. She was selected as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1998 and 2000. In 1998, she was ranked third in Empire's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars list. She was included in FHM's "Sexiest Women in the World" list in 1998 (at #31), 1999 (at #20), 2000 (at #31), and 2001 (at #42).

She has graced the cover of numerous magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Empire, Rolling Stone, Health, FHM, Entertainment Weekly, Lucky, Veronica and Jane.[26] She has appeared in television commercials for Coca-Cola, Tampax, McDonald's and Crunchie.

Personal lifeEdit

Campbell married Jeff Colt on April 3, 1995. The couple met when he was a bartender at Toronto's Pantages Theatre, where she was performing. They divorced in May 1998.

In 2005, Campbell began dating John Light, whom she met while filming Investigating Sex. They became engaged in December 2005 and married in Malibu, California, on May 5, 2007.[27] The couple lived together in Islington, London for five years,[28] until Campbell filed for divorce on June 30, 2010, in Los Angeles.[29]

In March 2012, Campbell and her partner, actor JJ Feild, confirmed that they were expecting their first child together.[30] Their first son, Caspian, was born in August 2012.[31] On June 29, 2018, Campbell announced on Instagram the adoption of their second son.[32]


Campbell in 2009


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 Harper
1996 Scream Sidney Prescott
1997 Scream 2 Sidney Prescott
1998 Wild Things Suzie Marie Toller
1998 54 Julie Black
1998 Hairshirt Renée Weber Also producer
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Adult Kiara (voice) Direct-to-video
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 Also story writer and producer
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
2018 Skyscraper Sarah Sawyer
2018 Hot Air Valerie Gannon
2019 Castle in the Ground Rebecca
2020 Clouds Laura Sobiech
2022 Scream Sidney Prescott Post-production


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) Episode: "Rednecks and Broomsticks"
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; also executive producer[33]
2014 Mad Men Lee Cabot Episode: "Time Zones"
2015 Welcome to Sweden Diane 4 episodes
2015 Manhattan Kitty Oppenheimer 2 episodes
2016–2017 House of Cards LeAnn Harvey 26 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Neve Campbell Biography". Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ "A Ticat fan's guide to Guelph - CBC News". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Fear Films (March 20, 2018). Scream Panel With Neve Campbell Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  7. ^ London Academy of Media Film & TV "Neve Campbell Movies" Archived February 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ People Staff (March 23, 1999). "Neve Leaving 'Party'". People. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Craft". Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  10. ^ "The Craft Has the Knack for Scaring Up an Audience". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  11. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 4, 2000). "Scream 3 by Roger Ebert". Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  12. ^ Nast, Condé. "Hear Me Out: Wild Things Is Surprisingly Feminist". Glamour. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  13. ^ "When Will I Be Loved". September 24, 2004. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  14. ^ "Print Edition". Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  15. ^ Campbell, Johnston, McKean and Murphy to Star in West End Love Song, Buzz Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ " "Neve Campbell Would Consider a Return to 'Scream'?!". Bloody Disgusting. US. March 4, 2016.
  17. ^ Piester, Lauren (June 30, 2015). "Neve Campbell Joins House of Cards As A Series Regular". Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  18. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (June 22, 2017). "Neve Campbell Joins Dwayne Johnson In 'Skyscraper'". Deadline. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  19. ^’s-new-movie-role-finally-explains-why-shes-been-in-hiding/ar-AAzUxCB
  20. ^ Ford, Rebecca (July 19, 2017). "Steve Coogan, Neve Campbell, Taylor Russell to Star in 'Hot Air' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 17, 2019). "Neve Campbell To Play 'Fly A Little Higher' Author Laura Sobiech In Warner Bros. Drama 'Clouds'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  22. ^ Squires, John (September 10, 2020). "Neve Campbell is Back as Sidney Prescott in Spyglass and Paramount's 'Scream' Relaunch! [Exclusive]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 10, 2020). "Neve Campbell Back As Sidney Prescott For Paramount-Spyglass 'Scream' Relaunch". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  24. ^ Miska, Brad (August 28, 2020). "Relaunch of 'Scream' Slashing Into Theaters on January 14, 2022!". BloodyDisgusting. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  25. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 24, 2020). "New Scream Movie From Spyglass Media Will Be Released by Paramount (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  26. ^ "Neve Campbell Magazine Cover Photos - List of magazine covers featuring Neve Campbell - FamousFix". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  27. ^ "Neve Campbell & John Light Marry in Malibu". People. May 7, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  28. ^ "IOL: Campbell settles in London with fiancé". Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  29. ^ "Neve Campbell Files Divorce On the Down Low". TMZ. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  30. ^ Daley, April (March 16, 2012). "Neve Campbell pregnant". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  31. ^ "Neve Campbell Introduces Newborn Son Caspian To The World". August 21, 2012. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  32. ^ "Party of Five's Neve Campbell Reveals She Adopted a Baby Boy 5 Months Ago: 'We Are Madly in Love with Him'". People. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  33. ^ An Amish Murder. Lifetime. 2013.

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