Nicholas Campbell


Nicholas Campbell (born 24 March 1952) is a Canadian actor[1] and filmmaker, who won three Gemini Awards for acting. He is known for such films as Naked Lunch, Prozac Nation, New Waterford Girl[2] and the television series Da Vinci's Inquest.

Nicholas Campbell
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Campbell in November 2010
Born (1952-03-24) 24 March 1952 (age 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesNick Campbell

Early lifeEdit

Campbell was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. He went to Toronto's Upper Canada College and Kingston's Queen's University where he originally studied Political Studies but later switched to English and Drama. He continued his studies in England studying five years at the London Drama Studio and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Campbell spent 40 weeks touring the country with the York Theatre Royal Repertory Company. His debut film role was in The Omen, released in 1976. After he returned from England he divided his time amongst Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. In the 1990s he moved back to Canada.


His starring film and television credits include series leads on Diamonds[1] and The Hitchhiker.[1] Starting his acting career in the movies he had small roles in A Bridge Too Far (1977),[1] The Eagle Has Landed (1976)[1] and in the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).[2] Campbell was third-billed in the 1985 movie Certain Fury. Playing Billy Quinn in CBC's Major Crime (1997) he won a Gemini Award for best actor for his work.[3] His television credits also include the role of Bobby Kennedy in Hoover vs. The Kennedys (Gemini nominee for best actor in a miniseries), Going Home (nominated for BAFTA Award), and The Valour and the Horror. Other works include The Sleep Room, Diana Kilmury: Teamster (Gemini nomination for best supporting actor in a drama) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Campbell has also worked extensively with David Cronenberg, appearing in such films as Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone, Fast Company, and The Brood. Campbell has made guest appearances on TV shows including Space: 1999, Airwolf, Blue Murder, (Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series in 2001)[3] A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Street Legal, Republic of Doyle, and Highlander: The Series.

In addition to his acting career, Campbell is also an accomplished filmmaker. He wrote and directed the 1992 documentary film Stepping Razor: Red X,[4] which received a Genie Award nomination for Best Feature Length Documentary at the 14th Genie Awards.[5]

Da Vinci's InquestEdit

Campbell's role as coroner Dominic Da Vinci in Da Vinci's Inquest brought him critical acclaim. Da Vinci's Inquest was nominated for many Gemini Awards. Of the 11 Geminis the show won, it received three for best writing in a dramatic series and three for best dramatic series. Campbell received the Gemini Award for best performance in a continuing leading dramatic role for his work on the series.[3] Campbell also directed a number of episodes of Da Vinci’s Inquest.

In 2005, Da Vinci's Inquest ended its run. In Da Vinci's City Hall, which ran the following season, the character followed his real-life inspiration, Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell (no relation to Nicholas), into municipal politics. No more episodes are planned, but there is talk of a series of TV films that would continue the narrative.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Omen Embassy guard Marine Corporal
1977 A Bridge Too Far Captain Glass
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me USS Wayne Crewman #7
1979 Fast Company Billy 'The Kid' Brooker
1979 H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come Jason Caball
1979 The Brood Chris
1980 Day of Resurrection Radio Operator - Palmer Station
1981 Yesterday Tony
1981 Dirty Tricks Bill Darcy
1981 The Amateur Schraeger
1982 Trapped Roger Michaels
1982 Killing 'em Softly Clifford
1982 Love Danny segment: "For Life"
1983 The Dead Zone Deputy Frank Dodd
1985 Certain Fury Sniffer
1985 Terminal Choice Henderson
1986 Knights of the City Joey
1987 The Pink Chiquitas Cast Member of Zombie Beach Party III
1987 Rampage Albert Morse
1991 The Big Slice NickPapadopoulos
1991 Naked Lunch Hank
1992 Shadow of the Wolf Scott
1992 Bordertown Café Don
1993 Champagne For Two
1994 Boozecan with David Cronenberg as actor
1995 Butterbox Babies Clayton Oliver
1995 No Contest Vic
1995 Jungleground Robert Neilson
1996 The Boys Club Kyle's Dad
1998 The Sleep Room Lucas
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Frankie Gooland
1999 New Waterford Girl Frances Pottie
2000 New Year's Day Ollie
2000 Saint Jude Dad
2000 We All Fall Down Bruce
2001 Prozac Nation Donald
2001 Turning Paige Ross Fleming
2004 Siblings Dad
2005 Cinderella Man Sporty Lewis
2007 14 Days in Paradise Al Johnson
2008 Inconceivable Jonathan Banks
2009 The Cry of the Owl Mr. Wyncoop
2009 Love and Savagery Senior Tinker
2009 Wake Gabor Zazlov
2010 Unrivaled Raphael
2011 Goon Rollie Hortense
2011 I'm Yours Father
2012 Antiviral Dorian
2013 Algonquin Leif Roulette
2013 Cubicle Warriors Howard Ramsey
2014 Backcountry Ranger
2015 The Rainbow Kid Bill
2015 Unearthing Sid Smith
2016 The Addition Max Wrathburn
2016 Unless The Stranger
2017 Awakening the Zodiac Ray
2017 Never Steady, Never Still Ed
2017 The Sound Taxi Driver #1
2018 Rabbit Bobby
2020 Books of Blood Sam


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Come Back, Little Sheba Turk TV movie
1983 The Hitchhiker The Hitchhiker First three episodes only
1986 The Insiders Nick Fox
1987 Airwolf Jason 'Doc' Gifford
1987 Diamonds Mike Devitt
1987 Hoover vs. The Kennedys Robert F. Kennedy Miniseries
1995 Highlander: The Series Kit O'Brady
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Graham Corrigan Episode: "Eye Witness"
1995 Dancing in the Dark Mark Forbes TV movie
1998–2005 Da Vinci's Inquest Dominic Da Vinci Lead role
1999 Happy Face Murders Rusty Zuvic TV movie
2003 Human Cargo Jerry Fischer
2005 Da Vinci's City Hall Dominic Da Vinci Lead role
2008 The Quality of Life Dominic Da Vinci TV movie
2008 The Englishman's Boy Shorty McAdoo
2008 Flashpoint George Orsten
2008 The Border Dougie Jackson
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Buffalo Bill
2010–2014 Republic of Doyle Martin Poole Recurring role
2010 Haven Garland Wournos
2012 Less Than Kind Jim Sheridan Recurring role
2014 Rookie Blue Jay Swarek
2016 Shoot the Messenger Henry Channing
2016 Heartland Will Vernon Episode: "Here and Now"
2017 Black Mirror Russ Sambrell Episode: "Arkangel"
2017 Bad Blood Lonnie Gardiner Episode: "You Can Never Hold Back Spring"
2017 Tin Star Wallace Lyle Episodes: "Fun and (S)Laughter", "Jack"
2018 Private Eyes Frank Garrison Episode: "The Devil's Playground"
2019–present Coroner Gordon Cooper Recurring role


  1. ^ a b c d e Hal Erickson (2015). "Nicholas Campbell". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Scott, A. O. (26 July 2000). "New Waterford Girl (1999) FILM REVIEW; Clueless And Angry In a Small 70's Town". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television official site Archived 19 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 5 February 2008
  4. ^ Craig MacInnis, "Campbell walks the Razor's edge". Toronto Star, September 18, 1992.
  5. ^ "The Lotus Eaters strong contender at Genies". The Globe and Mail, December 11, 1993.

External linksEdit

  • Nicholas Campbell at IMDb