Dominic Da Vinci
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.
Campbell is a critically acclaimed and multi-award winning actor who has played everything from handsome charismatic leading men to undercover cops 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.
Campbell has won three Gemini Awards and been nominated for eight. In 2001, in addition to his Gemini for Da Vinci's Inquest
, he also won Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role for an appearance on Blue Murder
. Campbell also won the Gemini for Best Performance by an Actor in a leading role for his work in Major Crime
He has been heaped with accolades for his creation of modern-day Renaissance man and Vancouver Coroner Dominic Da Vinci in Da Vinci's Inquest
, and later as the Vancouver Mayor in Da Vinci's City Hall
, Canada's most popular dramatic series: "The best actor working in Canadian television right now" (Globe and Mail); "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 TV Guide readers' poll, and the only Canadian star to make the Top 5 dramatic actors list in a TV Times' readers' poll.
The Canadian actor is deeply gratified by the recognition, but 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 earn 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 a Mini-Series), Going Home
(Nominated for BAFTA Award - Britain), and The Valour and the Horror
Other film and TV movie credits include Turning Paige, Saint Jude, New Waterford Girl
, the Showtime MOW Happy Face
with Ann Margaret, 20th Century Fox's A Cool Dry Place, The Sleep Room, Mother Trucker: The Diana Kilmury Story
(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
. Recently he starred in 14 Days in Paradise, The Englishman's Boy
, Ron Howard's Cinderella Man
, 100 Days in the Jungle
which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, opposite Kate Nelligan in Third World
, and with Bruce Greenwood in The Life
, written and produced by Da Vinci's Inquest
creator Chris Haddock.
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 honors at international film festivals), about the life and murder of Peter Tosh, and Booze Can, an exploration of Toronto's nightlife in the 70's that includes a cameo appearance by, among others, David Cronenberg. He is currently developing a third documentary about legendary jockey Ron Turcotte.
Campbell has also directed a number of episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest
, and was honored by the Directors Guild of Canada Awards with a nomination for Best Direction, Dramatic Series for his directorial efforts in Season V. He also directed the pilot episode of Da Vinci's City Hall