Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Campbell-Martin is the daughter of two singers who nurtured her love for music. She entered her first talent contest at age five and won first prize, going on to appear on such children's television shows as Big Blue Marble, Kids Are People Too and Captain Kangaroo.
The next step was New York: She began going to auditions in the city by herself and landed the starring role in the off-Broadway play, Really Rosie. She also appeared on Broadway in Mama, I Want to Sing, Betsey Brown and The Me Nobody Knows.
At the age of 15, she traveled to London to star as one of the three singers/narrators in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors. Campbell-Martin then moved to Hollywood to co-star in Rags to Riches. At that time Spike Lee was auditioning actresses for his second movie, School Daze. He selected her out of many established actresses to play the lead.
School Daze was followed by House Party (I, II and III), Another 48 Hours, Homeward Bound II, Boomerang and Sprung.
Campbell-Martin's television credits include Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Blossom, A Different World, Roc and the television pilot Moe's World, where she met her future husband, fellow actor Duane Martin. She is also still recognizable from her five-year stint as Gina on the hit sitcom, Martin. More recently she starred in The Sweetest Gift and the critically acclaimed series Linc's.
After attending the American Film Institute and the Writer's Boot Camp so she would be able to create dynamic characters for women, she produced the film short, A Luv Tale, about two women who fall in love with each other. It won awards at numerous film festivals, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival. She also directed the comedy presentation/pilot Get Up Stand Up Comedy. Her most current project includes co-writing the film The Seat Filler with her husband.
Campbell-Martin's charitable work includes an annual performance in DIVAS: Simply Singing!, a musical evening which benefits various AIDS charities. And she is developing a project to benefit her alma mater, Arts High School in Newark, which will help provide desperately needed supplies to the school's inner-city children.
Campbell-Martin currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their young son, Xen. In her spare time she enjoys cooking for family and friends, and is currently writing a cookbook, as well as a novel.
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|Birthday||October 13, 1968 (47)|
|Birthplace||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA|