Christian Campbell is a theater trained actor, producer and director. Born in Toronto, a first generation Canadian, with parents from Glasgow and Amsterdam, he was raised into an acting family that had him onstage and working professionally by the age of 14, with his first appearance on “Degrassi High” at 16. Campbell’s maternal grandparents were actors in Amsterdam; his father, an acting teacher, director, writer; his mother an actress and psychologist; his siblings, actors Neve Campbell and Alex Campbell, round out the family tradition.
Campbell was an acting major throughout high school studying at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and completed one year of acting study at Ryerson University before dropping out. He soon moved to Europe where he spent two years working with the Nürnberg Theatre as well as working in Irish pubs, putting climbing skills to work as a roadie for rock concerts, and acting under the direction of Friedhelm Ptok in plays touring throughout Eastern Europe.
Palmer recently starred in the animated film, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” as the character Peaches. Earlier this year, she starred in “Joyful Noise”, singing alongside legendary Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, however, it was Palmer who the critics singled out for her “young and inspiring” rendition of the Michael Jackson song, “Man in the Mirror.”
Campbell moved to Los Angeles in 1995 when he was cast in his first series, “Malibu Shores”, for Aaron Spelling. Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, he helped to establish and run the theater company, Blue Sphere Alliance, throughout the 1990’s with writer/director Russell Friedenberg. Campbell started directing theater during this time and produced his first film, “Hairshirt”, while continuing to act in film and on stage.
In the late 1990’s, Campbell received newfound attention for his breakout role as “Gabriel” in the Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominated film “Trick.” He created the role of “Jimmy Harper” in the LA stage musical “Reefer Madness”, which won him Ovation and Drama Circle awards. Campbell reprised the role when the musical moved to New York and then to the small screen as the Emmy Award-winning “Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical” (2005) for Showtime, in which he was nominated for a Satellite Award in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
For the past decade, Campbell has gone back and forth between stage and screen building up an eclectic resume that includes playing the ill-fated writer Jonathon Larson in London and US productions of “tick, tick…BOOM!”, “Pip” in the off-Broadway production of “Great Expectations”, series regular roles on “The $treet”, “The Book Of Daniel”, “All My Children”, and indie films including “Ibid”, “Betrayed”, “Pretty Dead Girl”, and “Casino Jack.” In 2010, he joined the cast for the final season of “Big Love” in the role of “Greg Ivey.” In 2011 Campbell continued to work with Big “Love” co-creator Will Sheffer, who wrote and directed him in his new play “The Green Book.” He continues to work on films with Russell Friedenberg, and their most recent endeavor, “An Unkindness of Ravens” is due out in 2013. Campbell’s other film, “Malorie’s Final Score”, is also due out in 2013.
Campbell currently resides in New York City with his wife, actress America Olivo.