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Nicholas Campbell

Nicholas Campbell

Nicholas Campbell is a critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning actor who has played everything from handsome charismatic leading men to undercover cops (with questionable morals) to psychopaths. As a director, he has taken chances that many veteran filmmakers would balk at, and in his off-screen life, he is known as hard-living, disarmingly frank and bitingly funny, with a taste for gambling and enduring passion for horse racing, music and his kids.

In an industry where flakes, fakes and wannabes abound, Nicholas Campbell is a true original, and anyone who's ever met him or worked with him, from Sir Richard Attenborough (A Bridge Too Far, 1977) to David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch et al, 1991) and from Allan Moyle (New Waterford Girl, 1999) to the guy he buys his racing form from, will assure you of that.

Currently nominated for two Gemini Awards (Best Performance by an Actor in a continuing leading dramatic role for Da Vinci's Inquest, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role for an appearance on Blue Murder), Campbell has been heaped with accolades for his portrayal of modern-day Renaissance man Vancouver Coroner, Dominic Da Vinci "Campbell gives a marvelous lived-in performance that captures the wobbly charm and panicky conviction of his entirely fallible hero (National Post). Campbell is compellingly cast... (Starweek). (Campbell is) riveting as the charismatic and compassionate Da Vinci (Toronto Sun). ...superb as Da Vinci..." (Vancouver Sun). He was also voted Canada's hands-down favorite male dramatic star in a recent TV Guide reader poll, and the only Canadian star to make the top 5 dramatic actors list in TV Times' recent poll.

The Canadian actor is deeply gratified by the recognition, but for this Gemini-award winning performer, the work is what his career has always been about. Born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, Campbell went to Kingston's Queens University to study pre-Law but quickly switched to English and Drama. He moved to England to continue his studies, spending five years there, first at the London Drama Studio, then at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). He joined the York Theatre Royal Repertory Company, where he spent 40 weeks touring the country working in small provincial theatres to gain his acting credentials. He made his film debut in The Omen and appeared in The Eagle has Landed before going on to work with Sir Richard Attenborough in A Bridge Too Far and opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward in the television production of Come Back Little Sheba.

He returned to North America, dividing his time between Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. His over 40 starring film and television credits include series leads on Diamonds and The Insiders and a recurring role on Street Legal. His television credits also include the role of Bobby Kennedy in Hoover vs. The Kennedys (Gemini Nomination for Best Actor in Miniseries), Going Home (Nominated for BAFTA Award - Britain), and The Valour and the Horror. Recent film and TV movie credits include the upcoming Turning Paige, Saint Jude, New Waterford Girls, the Showtime MOW Happy Face with Ann Margaret, 20th Century Fox's A Cool Dry Place, CBC's Major Crime, for which he won a Gemini Award for Best Actor, The Sleep Room, directed by Anne Wheeler, Diana Kilmury: Teamster (Gemini nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau, directed by Sturla Gunnarson. Campbell has also worked extensively with David Cronenberg, appearing in such films as Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone, Fast Company and The Brook.

In addition to his notable acting career, Campbell is also an accomplished filmmaker. He wrote and directed the documentary Stepping Razor; Red X (Genie Nomination for Best Documentary and numerous honour at international film festivals), about the life and murder of Peter Tash and Booze Can, a loving exploration of Toronto's nightlife in the 70's that includes cameo appearances by, among others, David Cronenberg. He is currently developing a third documentary. Campbell also directs this season's finale episode of Da Vinci's Inquest.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Nicholas Campbell Facts

BirthdayMarch 24, 1952 (71)
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

Selected Filmography

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A Bridge Too Far
The Bank Job
Cinderella Man
War of The Worlds
Mr. Monk and the Other Woman
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