The amazing Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 Film)
Presenting LITTLE NELL!
Little Nell is an Australian actress, club owner, and singer. She is best known for her portrayal of Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show live musical, and it’s cinematic release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and her song “Do the Swim”. “Little Nell” is Nell Campbell’s stage name, which she created after her arrival in Britain in the early 1970s with her family. She sold clothes at Kensington Market; her stall was next to Freddie Mercury’s. She also worked as a busker and as a soda jerk in a café, where her tap dancing is often noted as the reason why she was cast as Columbia in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show following an impromptu audition. She reprised the role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, released in 1975, and starred as Nurse Ansalong in the 1981 sequel, Shock Treatment.
After The Rocky Horror Picture Show, she signed a recording contract with A&M Records. Her debut single was “Stilettos and Lipstick” backed with “Do the Swim”, released in 1975. She also created a disco version of the song “Fever” in 1976 which was again backed with “Do the Swim”.
Campbell has also appeared in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway play You Should Be So Lucky and the Broadway musical Nine. She appeared as Sandra LeMon in the British TV series Rock Follies of ’77.
Campbell has written several magazine articles, including regular segments called “MamaTalks” and “FirstLook” in the now defunct Talk magazine, starting in the December 1999 issue. She returned to Australia after selling her Boerum Hill house in Brooklyn in December 2005, and is now living in Sydney.
Nell is a welcome addition to Queer Expo, and we are so thrilled to welcome her to the cast!
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