Born Name: Neve Adrianne Campbell
Date of Birth: October 3, 1973
Place of Birth: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Height: 1.7 m
Partner: JJ Feild (2012–)
Children: Caspian Feild
Spouse: John Light (m. 2007–2011), Jeff Colt (m. 1995–1998)
Relatives: Christian Campbell (brother), Tamara Taylor (cousin)
Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her starring role as Julia Salinger on the Fox television drama series Party of Five (1994–2000), and as Sidney Prescott in the horror film franchise Scream (1996–2011).
Campbell had prominent film roles in The Craft (1996), Wild Things, 54 (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), and Skyscraper (2018).
Campbell is also known for starring as Daisy McKenzie in the Canadian television drama series Catwalk (1992), Olivia Maidstone on the short-lived NBC action drama series The Philanthropist (2009), and LeAnn Harvey on Netflix political thriller series House of Cards (2016–17).
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. 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 theater company in the Netherlands, and her paternal grandparents were also performers. On her mother's side, Campbell is descended from Sephardi 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 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 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Campbell's major rise to fame occurred when she starred as Sidney Prescott in 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." Campbell appeared in the 1998 films, Wild Things and 54, both of which were moderately successful. That same year, she voiced Kiara in the Disney animated direct-to-video musical film sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
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, 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. 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.
— Campbell on the possibility of returning to the Scream series
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 guest 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, beginning in the fourth season. She portrayed Texas based political consultant LeAnn Harvey. 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. Campbell also co-starred as Valerie Gannon in the 2018 independent drama film Hot Air.
In the media
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).
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. 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 boyfriend, JJ Feild, confirmed that they were expecting their first child together. Their first son was born in August 2012. On June 29, 2018, Campbell announced on Instagram the adoption of their second son.
Campbell endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
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