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Neve Campbell
Canadian actress

Neve Campbell

Neve Campbell
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Intro Canadian actress
A.K.A. Neve Adrianne Campbell
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Dancer Ballet dancer Voice actor Screenwriter Stage actor Theater professional
From Canada
Type Arts Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 3 October 1973, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Age 48 years
Star sign Libra
Residence Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Islington, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, United Kingdom
Siblings: Christian Campbell
Spouse: John Light (5 May 2007-2011)
Height: 1.6637 m
Canada's National Ballet School
John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
Saturn Award  
MTV Movie & TV Awards  
Neve Campbell
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Neve Adrianne Campbell (/ˈnɛv ˈkæmbəl/; born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress, who is an influential figure in popular culture, and is recognized for her work in the drama and horror genres. Campbell is regarded as a sex symbol, and appeared on People magazine's list of "50 Most Beautiful People" twice.

Following a series of minor appearances, Campbell played a starring role in the Canadian drama series Catwalk (1992–1994) and the television film The Canterville Ghost (1996), the latter winning her a Family Film Award for Best Actress. She subsequently relocated to the United States to play the role of Julia Salinger in the Fox teen drama series Party of Five (1994–2000), which is her breakthrough role, earning her recognition as a teen idol and a nomination for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress. While on the show, she starred in her first American feature film, headlining the supernatural blockbuster The Craft (1996).

Campbell rose to international prominence for starring as Sidney Prescott in Wes Craven's slasher film Scream (1996), which emerged as a critical and commercial success—the highest grossing slasher film for over 20 years, it obtained a cult following and spawned the Scream franchise, where she reprised the character in the series' second (1997), third (2000), fourth (2011) and fifth (2022) installments; although critical reception has varied with each film, Campbell has consistently earned praise for her work, and is one of the genre's highest-grossing and acclaimed heroines of all time. Scream has earned her several accolades, including two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Best Actress, a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress, a Saturn Award for Best Actress, and an MTV Award for Best Female Performance, all of which were collectively awarded for the first two installments.

Campbell has achieved critical success in films such as the neo-noir thriller Wild Things (1998), the crime films Drowning Mona and Panic (both 2000), all of which garnered acclaim. She continued this success with roles in the drama films Last Call (2002), The Company (2003) and When Will I Be Loved (2004), the comedies Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004) and Relative Strangers (2006) and the romantic-drama Closing the Ring (2007); Last Call won her the Prism Award for Best Performer in a TV Film/Miniseries. She returned to television after Closing the Ring, notably playing Olivia Maidstone in the NBC action drama series The Philanthropist (2009) and LeAnn Harvey in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards (2016–2017), and appearing in the miniseries Titanic: Blood and Steel (2011). She continues to work in film, starring in the comedy-drama Walter (2015), the action Skyscraper (2018), the Canadian-drama Castle in the Ground (2019) and the musical drama Clouds (2020).

Early life

Campbell was born as Neve Adrianne Campbell on October 3, 1973, in Guelph, Ontario, where she was raised. Her Dutch mother, Marnie (née Neve), is a yoga instructor and psychologist from Amsterdam. Her Scottish father, Gerry Campbell, immigrated to Canada from his native Glasgow, Scotland, and taught high school drama classes in Mississauga, Ontario. Campbell's maternal grandparents ran a theatre company in the Netherlands, and her paternal grandparents were also performers. Campbell has three brothers: Christian Campbell, Alex Campbell, and Damian Campbell. 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. 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, where she trained in acting and worked in theatre.


Campbell began her professional career appearing in a 1991 Coca-Cola commercial, and promoted its sponsorship on Bryan Adams' Waking Up the Nation Tour (1991–1992). She followed this with an uncredited cameo appearance on the series My Secret Identity in 1991. The next year, she played the minor role of Laura Capelli on an episode of The Kids in the Hall, and landed her first starring role as Daisy in the Canadian drama series Catwalk. She subsequently made several guest appearances on various Canadian television shows, such as Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, both occurring in 1994.

Campbell at the 49th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1997

With a desire to perform in Hollywood, Campbell went to Los Angeles to find a talent manager to represent her, and ended up going on several auditions while she was doing so. One of these auditions was for Party of Five, which cast her in the role of orphaned teenager Julia Salinger, whereupon Campbell permanently relocated to the United States in order to play the role. Party of Five premiered in 1994, and went on to receive critical acclaim, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996. Campbell's performance on the series was lauded by critics and audiences alike, described as "television's most believable teenager"; the series is credited as her breakthrough role. After portraying the role for six seasons, Campbell did not renew her contract for a seventh season in order to pursue film work, which led the series' end in 2000.

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 hit, earning $55 million against a budget of $15 million. Her work in The Craft was noticed by director Wes Craven, who specifically asked her to audition for the role of Sidney Prescott in 1996's Scream, believing that the actress could be "innocent", but also handle herself once emotional and psychical conflicts arose. Scream was released to major commercial and critical success, earning over $173 million at the worldwide box office which made it the highest-grossing slasher film until the release of Halloween (2018). Her performance received significant critical praise: Patrick Mullen of Medium stated that "I've always appreciated Neve Campbell in the lead just as much. She plays the role so straight while everyone else winks at the camera. It may sound like it wouldn't work, but it actually does. Sidney Prescott is a more compelling heroine than you usually get in a horror movie." For her performance, she won the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress and the Saturn Award for Best Actress.

In 1997, Campbell reprised the role of Sidney in Scream 2, which earned over $170 million and alike to the first installment, was critically acclaimed. She won her the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance. Campbell next 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 massively-acclaimed role in the erotic thriller film Wild Things (1998) alongside Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon and Denise Richards. 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." She went on to appear in several films that received a limited theatrical release, but were well reviewed by critics, including the film Panic, in which she starred with William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland. Campbell starred again as Sidney Prescott in Scream 3 (2000), which earned over $160 million but marked a temporary end for the franchise. 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."

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. She next 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 critics, but received only a brief and limited theatrical release. 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. Later in 2006, Campbell performed again in the West End in Love Song, alongside Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean and Kristen Johnston, to mixed reviews.

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. Also in 2011, 11 years after the previous installment, Campbell made her comeback to the Scream franchise with Scream 4 (2011), which received positive reviews and earned over $97 million. For her performance, she was nominated for Best Actress at the Scream Awards in 2011. On reprising the role of Sidney Prescott in future works, Campbell stated that "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 next 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.

Campbell at Fan Expo Canada in 2015

In 2015, she guest starred in the WGN period drama series Manhattan. On June 30, 2015, it was announced that Campbell would star as Texas-based political consultant LeAnn Harvey in the Netflix television drama House of Cards, beginning in the fourth season. On the role of Harvey, the actress said in an interview with Business Insider that "I knew that what I wanted was a cable show with a good cast, and good writing, and it was respected, and an ensemble where I'm not carrying it, and then this came along. And then I couldn't have asked for anything better." Campbell was particularly praised by GQ magazine for her performance, who called her the "best thing" of the season and wrote that "she was exactly the competitor that the show's anti-heroes needed".

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.

Campbell co-starred as Valerie Gannon in the 2018 independent drama film Hot Air. In 2019, Campbell starred as Rebecca Fine, a single mother struggling with a serious illness, in the Canadian drama film Castle in the Ground. The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received generally positive reviews. It was announced in 2019 that Campbell would star as author Laura Sobiech in the biographical musical drama film Clouds, which is based on the true story of Zach Sobiech. It was released in 2020 to positive reviews on Disney+.

In September 2020, it was confirmed that Campbell would be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott for the fifth Scream film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett,. The film was released on January 14, 2022. She was initially "apprehensive" during production due to the passing of Wes Craven, however she was convinced to join once "the new directors came to me with this beautiful letter saying that they've become directors and love film because of these films, and because of Wes, and they really want to be true to his story and his journey with these films, so I was really happy to hear that." The film, alike to the first two installments, earned widespread acclaim; Campbell was lauded for her performance once more, and she was particularly praised for her "fresh" take on the role of Prescott. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "... it’s a pleasure to see Campbell again in fine form as Sidney, striding back into Woodsboro to take care of unfinished business." Elle magazine named her the "Reigning Queen of Scream" and stated that "Sidney might not have that impact on people were it not for Campbell’s portrayal, rife with vulnerability, intelligence, and a palatable dose of humor."

In February 2021, Campbell was cast as Mickey Haller's ex-wife Margaret "Maggie" McPherson in a television adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer for Netflix.

Personal life

Campbell in 2009

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."

Campbell married Jeff Colt on April 3, 1995, and 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. The couple lived together in Islington, London for five years, until Campbell filed for divorce on June 30, 2010, in Los Angeles.

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



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
1998 Wild Things Suzie Marie Toller
1998 54 Julie Black
1998 Hairshirt Renée Weber Alternatively Too Smooth; also producer
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Adult Kiara (voice) Direct-to-video film
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


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 22 episodes
1994 I Know My Son is Alive Beth Television film
1994 The Forget-Me-Not Murders Jess Foy
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" (Video title: Northern Passage)
1994–2000 Party of Five Julia Salinger Main role
1995 MADtv 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
2007 Medium Debra 3 episodes
2008 Burn Up Holly 2 episodes
2009 The Philanthropist Olivia Maidstone 8 episodes
2009 Sea Wolf Maud Brewster 2 episodes
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
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
TBA The Lincoln Lawyer Margaret "Maggie" McPherson Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award 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 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
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