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Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film series Scream. She got her start appearing in the Canadian television series Catwalk, before she played Julia Salinger in the American drama series Party of Five (1994–2000). She has starred in films such as The Craft (1996) as Bonnie Harper, Wild Things (1998), Panic (2000), and The Company (2003). Campbell has made guest appearances on several television series, such as Medium, Grey's Anatomy and Mad Men, as well as a starring role in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama series House of Cards.

Early life

Campbell was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on October 3, 1973. Campbell's mother, Marnie (née Neve) was a yoga instructor and psychologist. Her father Gerry Campbell is an immigrant to Canada from Scotland. He taught high school drama classes. 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, Alex, Christian and Damian. Her parents divorced when she was 2 years old. At age six, Campbell saw the performance of The Nutcracker and decided she wanted to take ballet. When she was 9, she moved into the residence of National Ballet School of Canada, training there and appearing in performances such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. After accumulating a lot of dance injuries, Neve moved from dancing to acting at age 15.

Acting career

She appeared in a 1991 Coca-Cola commercial.

Campbell's first starring role was Daisy in the Canadian youth TV series Catwalk, which she held from 1992 to 1994. She made several appearances in Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

1994-2000

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, which she performed from 1994 to 2000. The show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.

Campbell's first widely released film was 1996's The Craft.

2000-present

Following the third film in the Scream series, Neve appeared in several films that received a limited theatrical release but were well reviewed by critics, including the 2000 film Panic.

On April 1, 2010, Kevin Williamson, writer of the Scream films, confirmed that Campbell would once again return as Sindey Prescott in Scream 4.

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. She 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. In 2015, she guest starred in the WGN period drama 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 to box office success. Campbell also 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, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. That same year, it was announced that she would star as author Laura Sobiech in the biographical musical drama film Clouds, which was released on Disney+ in October 2020.

In September 2020, it was confirmed that Campbell would be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott for the fifth Scream film, which will be directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film will be released on January 14, 2022.


Personal life

On April 3, 1995, Campbell married Canadian actor Jeff Colt. The couple divorced in May 1998. In 2005, Campbell began dating John Light, an English actor whom she met while on the set of Investigating Sex. The couple engaged in December 2005 in Malibu. In 2007, they lived together for 5 years before their divorce on June 30, 2010. In 2011, Campbell begin dating actor JJ Feild. 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.

Trivia

  • Voted No.3 in EMPIRE (UK) Magazine's 100 sexiest movie stars of 1998.
  • Joined the National Ballet School of Canada at age 9.
  • Revealed that at age 14 she suffered a nervous breakdown which resulted in complete hair loss, and that only intensive acupuncture grew it back.
  • Has a "no nudity" clause in her contract. But, she lifted it for her role in the film, When Will I Be Loved (2004), her first movie showing her completely nude. She also later appeared nude in I Really Hate My Job (2007).
  • Her name means "snow" in Portuguese and Italian.
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