“I’ve always been open and respectful of everybody, but now I’m at a place where that's harder. I don’t want to put up barriers, but I find myself in circumstances where some people try to be your friend because of who you are, instead of who you are inside. It’s hard to believe that a job can cause that to happen in life, but it does.” Neve Campbell
Canadian movie star Neve Campbell received her first break on the small screen as eldest daughter Julia Salinger Holbrook in the hit series “Party of Five” (1994-2000). After nabbing a Family Film Award for her bravura performance in the TV movie The Canterville Ghost (1996), Campbell built a reputation for herself as an international film star with the starring role of Sidney Prescott, the aspiring actress targeted by a copycat killer, in box office smash Scream series (1996, 1997 and 2000), in which she picked up several awards such as a Saturn Award, two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and a MTV Movie Award. She is also known to her fans for playing roles in such films as The Craft (1996), Wild Things (1998), Three to Tango (1999), Panic (2000) and The Company (2003).
Recently starring opposite Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005, TV), Campbell is set to play roles in a number of upcoming projects, including Greg Glienna’s comedy Relative Strangers (2005), Partition (2005), A Private War (2005), the film version of The Mermaids Singing (2006), The Death of Harry Tobin (2006) and Adina (2006).
Off screen, Campbell was listed as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” (1998) and the 3rd of Empire (UK) magazine’s “100 Sexiest Movie Stars” of 1998. Recently, she was named the Canadian with the best hair style with substance (2005). Campbell, who describes herself as having a dry, often nasty sense of humor, is an animal lover and an active supporter for an epilepsy Bill of Rights whose aim is to draw attention to the disease and inform people how to cope with it. As for her private life, she was once the wife of actor Jeff Colt, whom she married in 1995, but the couple later divorced in 1998. After the unsuccessful marriage, Campbell was linked to actor Matthew Lillard (together from 1997-1998), Billy Burke (2001), Pat Mastroianni and actor John Cusack (dated 1998-2003).
Childhood and Family:
Neve Adrianne Campbell was born on October 3, 1973, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Her father is Gerry Campbell, a high school drama teacher of Scottish descent, and her mother is Marnie Campbell, a yoga instructor from Amsterdam, Netherlands. They divorced when Neve was only two. Neve has an older brother, Christian Campbell, an aspiring actor who was born on May 12, 1972, and two half brothers, Alex Campbell (born in 1984) and Damian McDonald (born 1982).
“I’m always sad I left dance. I’m just in my element when I’m in the dance world. I’m so much more content in my heart when I’m sitting on a dance floor in a studio. It sounds so cheesy but it's just my home, it’s where I grew up. I’ve been doing it since I was 6. It makes so much more sense to me than anything else I do.” Neve Campbell
Neve began dancing at age 6 after watching The Nutcracker with her father. She had so much potential that she won a full scholarship to continue her ballet studies at the National Ballet School of Canada. Having been trained in several types of dance, including flamenco, modern, hip hop, jazz and classical ballet, she soon performed in productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty” with the National Ballet of Canada. A string of injuries, combined with suffering from a nervous breakdown, led to the decisions of dropping out of dancing. After briefly working as a model for commercials, Campbell next turned her attention to acting and quickly landed a role in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Toronto’s Pantages Theater.
While participating in the theater, Neve met and fell in love with struggling actor Jeff Colt, who served as a bartender at the theater where she performed. In 1990, they moved in together and eventually married five years later, on April 3, 1995. The wedding was held in England’s Westminster Cathedral, but their marriage ended in divorce on May 8, 1998.
Party of Five
Starting out as a ballerina, Neve Campbell appeared as a child in productions of “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker” with the National Ballet of Canada before deciding to give up dancing due to several injuries and a nervous breakdown. As a teenager, she began a career in modeling and worked in commercials for Eaton’s Department Store and Petro Canada. However, after only working for two months, 15-year-old Campbell switched to acting and was soon cast as the Degas Girl in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Toronto’s Pantages Theater. After performing in more than 800 shows, Campbell left the chorus to pursue an onscreen career.
In 1992, following guest appearances on shows like “My Secret Identity” (1991) and “The Kids in the Hall” (1992), Campbell landed her first role as a regular in the Canadian series “Catwalk” (1992-1993) playing one of the aspiring musicians, Daisy McKenzie. She received more offers in 1994. After three small features, The Passion of John Ruskin (1994), Paint Cans (1994) and The Dark (1994), Campbell made her TV movie debut with I Know My Son Is Alive (1994), and then two more TV films, The Forget-Me-Not Murders and Baree, followed that same year.
Her first big breakthrough also arrived in 1994 when Campbell was cast as determined eldest daughter Julia Salinger Holbrook in the award-winning drama serial “Party of Five,” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lacey Chabert and Matthew Fox. The series became a hit and Campbell rose to fame with the huge success of the show. She stayed on the series until its final season in 2000, during which time Campbell proved to be a fine dramatic actress.
Still working on the small screen, Campbell received critical raves as Virginia ‘Ginny’ Otis in the made-for-television move The Canterville Ghost (1996), in which she won a Family Film Award for Best Actress TV in 1996. The same year, on the wide screen, she stepped into the box office realm with the supernatural thriller The Craft, where Campbell was cast in the supporting role of Bonnie, a teenage girl dabbling in witchery, alongside Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Christine Taylor.
The young actress scored even a bigger hit with the starring role of heroine Sidney Prescott in the blockbuster smash Scream (1996). With Wes Craven directing at the helm, Campbell gave an impressive turn as a student targeted by a copycat killer. As a result, she netted a Saturn for Best Actress. In 1997, she reprised her role for the anticipated sequel Scream 2, with Campbell’s character now a university student. Just like its predecessor, the Kevin Williamson-scripted installment also received immense commercial success. As for Campbell, she took home two awards, a Blockbuster Entertainment for Favorite Actress and a MTV Movie for Best Female Performance.
The phenomenal triumph of the Scream series skyrocketed Campbell’s career and she was set to play more roles in films in the following years. In 1998, she landed the plum role of white-trash vixen Suzie Marie Toller, opposite Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, and Kevin Bacon, in the burning, but uneven, Wild Things (1998). She was seen as a soap opera actress in another sex movie titled 54 (1998), provided her voice for Adult Kiara in the animated feature The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998), played the mistress of an advertising executive in the triangular romantic comedy Three to Tango (1999, alongside Matthew Perry and Dylan McDermott) and was cast in the miserable comedy Drowning Mona (2000). She also debuted as a producer with the Toronto Film Festival-screened film Hair Shirt (1998), in which Campbell also starred in, opposite her brother Christian.
Campbell was put back in the Hollywood mainstream when she again played Sydney Prescott for the final sequel, Scream 3, in 2000. She nabbed a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress for her bright work in the horror film. She was also widely praised as the dark, jumpy muse of an older man (William H. Macy) in Panic (2000).
When her contract with Party of Five ended in 2000, Campbell had more chances to pursue her film career. She next starred as Alice in the little seen Investigating Sex (2001), portrayed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s young protégé, writer Frances Kroll Ring, in the TV movie Last Call (2002), was seen as Missy in the offbeat Lost Junction (2003) and Chloe Richards in Blind Horizon (2003). She then starred in, wrote and produced The Company (2003), directed by Robert Altman. In a movie about life in a ballet company, Campbell played the rising prima ballerina Ry, a role that let the former dancer give her best, most nuanced performance to date.
2004-2005 saw roles in When Will I Be Loved (2004), Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004) and the made-for-TV film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005), also starring Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming. Campbell will soon play Ellen Minola in director Greg Glienna’s comedy Relative Strangers (2005, starring Rose Abdoo and Christine Baranski), costar with Jimi Mistry, Kristin Kreuk and Kathy Bates in the drama Partition (2005), for director Vic Sarin, and play a role in A Private War (2005). In 2006, Campbell can also add three more films to her acting resume: Robin Swicord’s adaptation of Lisa Carey’s The Mermaids Singing (2006) starring with Jessica Lange and Dougray Scott, the drama/mystery The Death of Harry Tobin (2006) opposite Nick Nolte and Tim Roth, and the horror/ sci-fi movie Adina (2006), with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.
- Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Actress, Horror (Internet Only), Scream 3, 2001
- MTV Movie: Best Female Performance, Scream 2, 1998
- Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Actress - Horror, Scream 2, 1998
- Saturn: Best Actress, Scream, 1997
- Family Film: Best Actress TV, The Canterville Ghost, 1996