Neve Adrianne Campbell (/ˈnɛv ˈkæmbəl/; born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress who played teenage roles in the 1990s as Julia Salinger in the television seriesParty of Five and as Sidney Prescott in the Wes Craven horror film Scream and its sequels.
She has also starred in films such as The Craft, Wild Things, and later several films that were critically acclaimed but received a limited theatrical release, includingPanic (2000) and The Company (2003).
Campbell was born in Guelph, Ontario. Campbell’s mother, Marnie (née Neve), is a yoga instructor and psychologist from Amsterdam. Her father, Gerry Campbell, an immigrant to Canada from the East End of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 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. 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”.
Campbell has three brothers, Christian, Alex, and Damian (aka Damian McDonald). Her parents divorced when she was two years old. At age six, Neve saw a performance of “The Nutcracker” and decided she wanted to take ballet which she then enrolled in at the Erinvale School Of Dance. She and her brother Christianresided largely with their father (who received custody of the two), 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. After accumulating a lot of dance injuries, 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 while attending John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph during her time at home.
She appeared in a 1991 Coca-Cola commercial promoting its sponsorship on Bryan Adams’ 1991–1992 “Waking Up the Nation”, the tour promoting his album “Waking Up the Neighbours”.
Campbell’s first starring role was Daisy in the Canadian youth TV series Catwalk, which she held from 1992 to 1994. She made several guest appearances on shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark? andKung Fu: The Legend Continues.
Described as ‘TV’s most believable teenager’, Campbell 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. The show won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.
Campbell’s first widely released film was 1996’s The Craft.
She then had a leading role in Scream (1996), directed by Wes Craven. The film was a huge success, earning over $173 million at the worldwide box office, and winning critical acclaim. Campbell’s role as Sidney Prescott has received significant critical praise throughout the 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 hugely successful, with Scream 2 earning over $170 million, Scream 3 earning over $160 million and Scream 4earning over $97 million. Campbell won the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance for Scream 2. 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”.
Campbell also appeared in Wild Things, opposite Denise Richards, Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon, and 54, both of which were moderately successful. She also appeared in Three to Tango with Matthew Perry. She also provided the voice of Simba and Nala’s daughter, Kiara in Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. In both 1998 and 2000, she was onPeople‘s “50 Most Beautiful People” list. In 1998 she was ranked #3 in Empire’s 100 sexiest movie stars. Campbell was also included in FHM’s ‘sexiest women in the world’ list in 1998 (#31), 1999 (#20), 2000 (#31) and 2001 (#42).
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 appeared alongside William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland. In 2002, she appeared in Last Call opposite 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. Next came the independent film When Will I Be Loved. Released in 2004, the film 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 July 7, 2007, she presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2007, she was featured for a third time on People most beautiful people list. On June 24, 2009, Campbell returned to television in a starring role on NBC’s The Philanthropist.
She had a guest voice role on The Simpsons in “Rednecks and Broomsticks” in 2009.
On April 1, 2010, the screenwriter of the Scream franchise, Kevin Williamson, confirmed that Campbell would once again portray Sidney Prescott in Scream 4, which was released on April 15, 2011. She then starred in the film, The Glass Man, which received a limited release in 2011. She appeared in the film Singularity, which premiered atCannes Film Festival in May 2012. Campbell had a starring role in the 12-part mini series, Titanic: Blood and Steel, which originally aired in the US from October 8, 2012 to October 13, 2012 on Encore. She played the role of Norina, in the 2012 film, Vivaldi, which follows the early life of the famous musician, Antonio Vivaldi.
In October 2012, it was announced she would guest star on the popular television show, Grey’s Anatomy for two episodes that aired in December 2012. Campbell reunites with former Scream 3 cast memberPatrick Dempsey on the show, playing his sister, Lizzie. It has also been suggested that she may later guest star in more episodes of the series.
Campbell starred in the 2013 Lifetime original movie, An Amish Murder. She plays the lead role of a police detective who returns home to her Amish community, years after surviving a brutal killing spree. It premiered on the network on January 6, 2013. The film stood as a back-door pilot for the show, which would star Campbell, if the movie was successful. The show is currently in development.
Campbell married fellow Canadian actor Jeff Colt on April 3, 1995. The couple, who met when he was a bartender at Toronto’s Pantages Theatre, divorced in May 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 married in Malibu on May 5, 2007. The couple lived together in Islington,North London for 5 years, before Campbell filed for divorce on June 30, 2010 in Los Angeles. In March 2012, Campbell and her partner, J. J. Feild, confirmed that they were expecting their first child together. Their son, Caspian, was born in August 2012.
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.