Neve Campbell is a Canadian actress who was born in Ontario, Canada on October 3, 1973. Her father was a high school theater teacher and her mother was a yoga instructor and psychologist. Both of her grandparents were talented as her paternal grandparents were professional performers and her maternal grandparents ran a successful theater company in the Netherlands.
Although her parents divorced when Campbell was just two years of age, she grew up with three brothers, Alex, Damian, and Christian while living with her father who gained custody of her. At an early age she became interested in the performing arts after seeing a live performance of “The Nutcracker.” She began dancing and enrolled at the National Ballet School of Canada before going on to perform in “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “The Nutcracker.”
Campbell’s acting career began in 1991 when she first appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial, then going on to appear in the TV series, Catwalk from 1992 to 1994. She was also seen on several episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
She quickly rose to fame in her most notable role as Julia Salinger on “Party of Five” in a teenage role that made her famous in the U.S. Party of Five went on to win a Golden Globe award for Best Drama in 1996, just two years after it began airing. Campbell held the role from 1994 to 2000, which allowed her to make a name for herself as an actress. During this time in 1996, she stared in her first major motion picture, The Craft for a refreshing new role that proved her talent.
In 1996, Campbell stared in the classic horror film series, Scream as Sidney Prescott, as she went on to win the Saturn Award for Best Actress. She also won the Best Female Performance with an MTV Movie Award for her role in Scream 2. She continued her role by staring in Scream 3 and Scream 4.
Campbell then went on to appear in Wild Things in 1998 for a darker role that only increased her success worldwide and proved her ability to play versatile roles. She went on to add the voice of Kiara to her resume for The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.
In April of 1995, Campbell married Jeff Colt, a Canadian actor and bartender. The marriage was short-lived when the couple divorced in 1998. In 2005, Campbell then went on to become engaged to John Light, an English actor, with whom she married in 2007. In 2010, she filed for divorce from Light. In March of 2010, the actress announced that she was expecting her first child with her partner, J.J. Field, as she delivered a boy, Caspian, on August 20, 2012.
In 2012, Campbell made a brief appearance on Grey’s Anatomy as the sister of Patrick Dempsey’s character on two episodes. In 2013, she appeared as a lead detective in a Lifetime original movie, An Amish Murder that premiered on January 2013. The film was made as a possible pilot to the television series.
Campbell is not only known as an actress, but as a voice for Tourette Syndrome, as she has appeared in several videos and content for different organizations to promote awareness, which her brother suffers from. She is also making a film, A Private War, which she has helped fund by contributing $1.9 million dollars to the project.