Actor / Filmmaker Camille Mitchell is nominated for 2019 Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female – Dramatic Series for Netflix’s Van Helsing
2019 trip of a lifetime at the famous Venice Carnival with Michelin-starred cuisine
Award-winning actor Camille Mitchell is nominated for the 2019 Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for playing the refined Mrs. Fontleroy, on Netflix’s hit series Van Helsing directed by executive producer Michael Nankin, with whom she previously worked with on Caprica.
In this exotic episode, Camille’s character helps the lead actor Vanessa (Kelly Overton), chase down vampires in Hong Kong in the 1890s. Camille plays the terribly British, polite and reserved Mrs. Fontleroy, the Governor’s wife, and daughter of John Seward, who was a faithful servant to the great vampire-slayer, Abraham Van Helsing (Vanessa’s grandfather). The episode was shot at the heritage Overlynn Manor in Burnaby and at Dr. Sun Yay-Sen Gardens, which were amazing backdrops for this period episode. “The tricky bits were getting used to the corsets and keeping those long skirts out of Vancouver’s rain puddles,” says Camille.
This year’s 2019 Leo Awards Red Carpet will be even more special. Camille is thrilled to be wearing a vintage dress designed by Christian Dior that her mother, Johanna Mendel Mitchell, wore to the Hollywood premiere of “Carousel” in 1956 in which her father, Cameron Mitchell, starred as Jigger. Last year Camille was also nominated for a Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female – Dramatic Series her role as Esperanza on ABC’s Somewhere Between that creator and executive producer, Stephen Tolkin, then told Camille, “I wrote this role for you.”
2019 has been full of adventure for Camille. Earlier this year Camille attended the Venice Carnival, the oldest carnival in Europe. Dating back to 1162, it is the last hurrah before Lent, a weeks-long farewell to all things fun. Camille’s experience of it was a joyous fantasia of people from all over the world in costume parading through the streets from dawn till dusk, gathering in San Mark’s Square to pose for iPhones and sip prosecco. At the traditional Baglioni Ball, she was feted to a six-course feast in a palazzo, Baroque music, instruction in the minuet by a Commedia del Arte troupe and she danced the night away by candlelight.
She was then whisked off to Rome to take a cooking class with Francesco, tackling fettuccine, ravioli, and a killer tiramisu. https://www.italiancookingclassesinrome.com To top the trip off Camille and her companions dined at Aroma the most magnificent Michelin-starred restaurant across from the Colosseum and kitty-corner to the Forum on the fourth floor of the Palazzo Manfredi. www.aromarestaurant.it/en
Although acting is her first love, Camille embraced filmmaking with her first short film, A Mother’s Love that won her Canada’s Crazy 8s Film Competition and numerous accolades at festivals around the world, including the Madrid International Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival and London’s Best Drama Award at the SuperShorts International Film Festival.
A year later, Camille received a scholarship to Screenwriting and Film Production at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television in Los Angeles to pursue her Master’s degree in Production and Feature Film. She quickly proved her talent transcended from in front of the lens, to behind it as well, with Camille winning the Best Shorts Film Competition and 2016 Award of Merit for her second short film, By the Fountain, which also screened at the 2016 New York City International Film Festival, the 2016 People’s Film Festival of Harlem, and at the 2016 Marche du Film in Cannes with Camille in attendance.
Camille has garnered extraordinary acclaim for her versatility onstage and onscreen. Well known on television for her Leo Award-nominated role portraying tough-talking Sheriff Nancy Adams on the CW’s hit television show Smallville for five seasons, she also appeared onstage as a leading lady at the Stratford and Shaw festivals, where she was hailed her as “a gift to the theatre” by the London Times.
Camille won Canada’s Jessie Award for her portrayal of Ariel in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” opposite Gordon Pinsent and was also nominated for Best Actress Awards for Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Madame Tourvel in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and Elizabeth in “The Crucible.”
Born in Santa Monica to Hollywood star Cameron Mitchell and Johanna Mendel Mitchell was raised in Vancouver, Canada, and studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
Camille is available for interviews and photos upon request.