Canadian-born Neve Adriann Campbell was born on 3 October 1973 in Guelph. Dutch yoga instructor and psychologist Marnie and Scottish high school theatre teacher Gerry Campbell emigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland, respectively, when she was a child. When she was two years old, her parents divorced. Neve’s maternal grandparents run a theatre business in the Netherlands, therefore she comes from a long line of actors. Christian Alex and Damian are Campbell’s three brothers. In residency at the National Ballet School of Canada, she is a trained ballerina. She began acting at the age of 15 after a long career in dance that had left her with severe injuries.
Young adult roles in “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Canon Theatre, Toronto, and the John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph were among her earliest stage appearances. It was in a Coca-Cola commercial for Bryan Adams’ Waking Up the Nation tour in 1991 that she made her cinematic debut. Before getting the role that many consider being her breakthrough role in “Party of Five,” she had small appearances on several American and Canadian television shows, including “The Kids in the Hall,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
” To find a talent management, Campbell traveled to Los Angeles in 1994, where he ended up attending various auditions, including “Party of Five.” Actress Julia Salinger appeared in the show from 1994 through 2000, winning a Golden Globe Award for best drama in 1996 for her performance as an orphaned youngster. Campbell had become a household name in the United States by this point. Due to Campbell’s decision not to renew her contract for the seventh season, “Party of Five” was axed.
During the 1996 filming of “The Craft,” Campbell was cast alongside Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True. Summer blockbuster “The Craft” made $55 million on a $15 million budget. Her breakthrough role as Sidney Prescott in the 1996 horror film “Scream” catapulted her to stardom. The film “Scream” was a huge success, grossing over $173 million worldwide and receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Campbell won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance. “Scream 2,” “Scream 3,” and “Scream 4,” which were all huge box office hits, followed up on the popularity of the first film. Campbell earned the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance for her role in the first sequel.
As well as appearing in “Hairshirt” and “54,” Campbell also provided the voice of Kiara in Disney’s “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” that same year. In the same year, she appeared in the sensual thriller “Wild Things” with Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillion, and Denise Richards.
As a result of “Scream 3,” Campbell went on to star in several films that were only released in select theatres but were critically appreciated. She played alongside William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland in the film “Panic.” In 2002, she co-starred in the film “Last Call” starring Sissy Spacek and Jeremy Irons. She was awarded a Prism Award for her performance. For her work on “The Company,” a documentary on Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, she received a Peabody Award nomination in 2003. “When Will I Be Loved,” a 2004 independent film lauded by Roger Ebert, was another film she produced, co-wrote, and starred in. The theatrical run of this film was similarly brief and circumscribed.
In March 2006, Campbell made her Broadway debut at London’s Old Vic Theatre in “Resurrection Blues.” Playwright Robert Atman, who directed Campbell’s “The Company,” directed the play, which got mixed reviews and co-starred Matthew Modine and Maximilian Schell. She returned to the West End in “Love Song,” which received mixed reviews, with Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean, and Kristen Johnston. In 2009, she made a triumphant comeback to the small screen as the lead in NBC’s short-lived drama “The Philanthropist.” She starred in a limited release of “The Glass Man” in 2011.
Neve’s next project was the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the play “Singularity.” The miniseries “Titanic: Blood and Steel,” which aired in 2012, also included her, as did the crime drama “An Amish Murder,” which aired in 2013. “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Mad Men” and “Welcome to Sweden” were just a few of the television shows that Neve appeared on during this period. She appeared as a special guest star in the historical drama “Manhattan” in 2015.
There has been speculation about Campbell’s involvement with the fourth season of “House of Cards,” which debuted on Netflix in June 2015. A Texas-based political consultant named LeAnn Harvey appeared in her role. On to “Skyscraper,” where she starred with Dwayne Johnson. Success at the box office greeted the release of the picture in July 2018. She then appeared in the 2018 independent drama film “Hot Air” later that year.
In the Canadian drama “Castle in the Ground,” which made its global premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, she played Rebecca Fine, a single mother dealing with a serious illness. On Disney Plus in October 2020, “Clouds,” a biographical musical drama film, will be released. Actress Sidney Prescott will reprise her role in the fifth “Scream” film, which is scheduled to be released in January 2022, in September 2020.
She married Jeff Colt, a fellow Canadian actor, in 1995. Their marriage lasted only three years before they split up in 1998. In 2005, after meeting English actor John Light, she got engaged to her second husband. They got married in 2007 and divorced two years later. JJ Field, an actor, and Campbell have two sons.
Roman Martin is the California Examiner's Senior Managing Editor.
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Roman Martin has been a writer for a living for almost 20 years. He worked as a full-time reporter and associate editor for Leedaily, Nog magazine, and The Lake County Florida News. He also wrote long features for other print publications.