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Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973 in Guelph, Ontario) is a Canadian actress. She became known in The '90s for her teenage roles as Julia Salinger in the drama series Party of Five, Sidney Prescott in the Scream series, and adult Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

She has also starred in films such as The Craft, Wild Things and 54, and later several films that received a limited theatrical release, such as Panic, and The Company.

Her brother Christian Campbell is also an actor.


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  • Ability over Appearance: Producers wanted an age-appropriate actress to play Julia Salinger, as the character was only fifteen. Neve - who was nineteen and looked it - won them over with her performance. It's then a minor plot point that Julia is able to pass for over twenty-one with a fake ID.
  • Amicable Exes: With Mathew Lillard. They dated from 1996 to 1998 but still remained good friends given that he had cameo appearances in Scream 3 and 4 when he showed up to see her.
  • Career Resurrection: After fading away to indie films during the 2000s, a well-received role on House of Cards brought her back to prominence.
  • Cast the Expert: She plays a ballet dancer in The Company. She had studied ballet for years and was planning to become a ballerina when she had to have surgery on her feet.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Nineteen years old playing the sixteen-year-old Julia in Party of Five.
    • Twenty-three playing Bonnie in The Craft.
    • Twenty-four playing Sidney in the Scream franchise. But due to some Time Skips between films, Sidney's age matches Neve's by the third.
  • Fake Nationality: She's Canadian and has a tendency to be cast as California natives.
  • I Am Not Spock: She remains heavily associated with Sidney Prescott to the majority of her fans. She recalls most of the scripts she was offered afterwards being horror films that evoked Sidney in some way.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Despite being well-known for horror films such as the Scream series and The Craft, she has never been a fan of the genre and admits to not watching horror films due to being frightened by them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in her roles in The '90s. Even as a mom, she has aged quite well these days.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Liz Callaway sings for Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. However if one watches an early Party of Five episode, Neve's singing is quite decent.
  • Playing with Character Type: In The Craft Bonnie starts out as a Shrinking Violet with an adorable side, like most of Campbell's 90s characters. However once she becomes beautiful, she also turns vain and narcissistic.
  • Real-Life Relative: Tamara Taylor (who played Grace on Party of Five) is Neve Campbell's second cousin.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • She met John Light while filming Investigating Sex and they were married for a few years.
    • Also Mathew Lillard, whom she dated for two years after meeting him on set of Scream.
  • Star-Making Role: Party of Five is a curious example. While well-received by critics, it only had a small pool of loyal fans until its ratings went up in the second and third seasons - around which point Campbell got famous for Scream too.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's known for her very pale skin and her very dark hair.
  • What Could Have Been: A lot of instances.

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