Julia Campbell
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Julia Campbell




March 12,1962

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Penny Dawson

Julia Campbell portrays Penny Dawson, the mom of Ally, in the Disney Channel original series, Austin & Ally. She is an American actress, who is best known for her role 'Christie Masters' in the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion along with Mira SorvinoLisa Kudrow, and others.

Early Life

Campbell was born March 12th, 1962, in Huntsville, Alabama , USA. She used to be married to Bernard White, but is now currently married to actor Jay Kames. She had set off her acting career in 1984 on Ryan's Hope as Katie Thompson. She appeared there for five episodes, lasting until 1985.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Eleventh Commandment Felicia
1987 Body Count
1990 Opportunity Knocks Dr. Annie Malkin
Johnny Ryan Eve Manion TV movie.
1991 Livin' Large! Missy Carnes
1992 Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life Jilly Blue TV movies.
The Witches of Eastwick Jane Hollis
1994 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics Maureen Segment "Where the Dead Are"
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies Kitty TV movie.
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Christy Masters
1998 Rough Draft Juliette
Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! Laura Sills TV movies.
Poodle Springs Miriam 'Muffy' Blackstone-Nichols
1999 A Slight Case of Murder Patricia Stapelli
2000 Hey Neighbor Barbara
Bounce Sue
2001 Thank Heaven Victoria Brady
2002 The Funkhousers Mom TV movie.
2005 Kicking & Screaming Janet Davidson
2006 The Tillamook Treasure Kathryn Kimbell
2012 Arcadia Mrs. Acres

TV Shows

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Ryan's Hope Katie Thompson 5 episodes 1984-1985
1986 Santa Barbara Courtney Capwell 2 episodes
1987 Werewolf Sally Ep: Running with the Pack
Women in Prison Vicki Springer 13 episodes 1987-1988
1989 Knight & Daye Janet Glickman Ep: Pilot
Ep: New York! New York?
Ep: Goodbye, Mr. Scrimshaw
1992 Herman's Head Elizabeth 5 episodes
1993 Cutters Lynn
Murder, She Wrote Sharon Baskin Ep: A Virtual Murder
1994 Blue Skies Ellie
1995 A Whole New Ballgame Meg O'Donnell 7 episodes
Party of Five Monica Ep: Best Laid Plans
1996 Champs Doris 6 episodes
Men Behaving Badly Cherie Miller 2 Episodes (The Bed & Jamie's in Love).
1998 Seinfeld Lisi Ep: The Frogger
The Practice A.D.A. Fields Ep: Reasons to Believe
The Pretender Kristi Kincaid Ep: Someone to Trust
1999 Martial Law Melanie George 5 Episodes (Extreme Measures, Captive Hearts, Nitro Man, Requiem & End Game).
Oh, Grow Up Julie Sheffield
2000 Bull Dr. Mary Parker Ep: To Have and to Hold
Friends Whitney Ep: The One with the Engagement Picture
2001 Judging Amy Calla Hawkins Ep: Hold on Tight
Reba Caroline Ep: You Make Me Sick
2002 Rose Red Ellen Rimbauer TV mini-series
Ally McBeal Ms. Bridgeman Ep: The New Day
2003 Crossing Jordan Maddy Whitford Ep: Fire and Ice
2004 Still Standing Shelly 3 Episodes (Still Neighbors, Still Fast & Still Using)
Malcolm in the Middle Donna Ep: Mrs. Tri-County
2006 Two and a Half Men Francine Ep: And the Plot Moistens
3 lbs. Roberta Mack Ep: Lost for Words
2007 Desperate Housewives Muriel Ep: Now You Know
Pushing Daisies Emma Newsome Ep: Corpsicle
2008 In Treatment Olivia 2 Episodes (Sophie: Week Five & Sophie: Week Eight).
2009 Scrubs Mrs. Fremont Ep: My ABC's
Heroes Mary Campbell Ep: Trust and Blood
Big Love Vicky Nabors Ep: Come, Ye Saints
House M.D. Melanie Ep: The Softer Side
Hawthorne Beth Johnson Ep: The Sense of Belonging
The Cleaner Marcia Fisher Ep: Path of Least Resistance
The Mentalist Nina Hodge Ep: Red Menace
Dexter Sally Mitchell 5 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Janet Marsh Ep: Lost & Found
No Ordinary Family Nina Claremont Ep: No Ordinary Marriage
Lie to Me Carol Ashlen Ep: Beyond Belief
2011 CSI: Miami Gretchen Cambridge Ep: Stiff
Criminal Minds Martha Slade Ep: Painless
2012-2013 Austin & Ally Penny Dawson 3 Episodes (Backups & Breakups, Chapters & Choices and Partners & Parachutes)
2012 Drop Dead Diva Peg Surnow Ep: Crushed
2013 Justified Eve Munro 2 episodes

Austin & Ally

Penny Dawson

Julia as Penny Dawson, in Austin & Ally

In the show Julia Campbell portrays the role Penny Dawson, who is Ally's mom. She was first introduced in Backups & Breakups, as viewers see Ally and Penny talking through webcams on laptop computers. Penny is in Africa writing a book, which is rumored and to be called as "Gorilla love and how it is similar to teenage love" or something similar. She also told Ally that she named two baby gorillas after her and Trish. Ally had asked her for advice through Trent cheating on Trish and if she should tell Trish or not.

Penny was also in Chapters & Choices, and Partners & Parachutes.


  • In the 1980's, she did a Jack in the Box commercial that led to her being cast as an inmate in the sitcom Women in Prison since she had this victimized, haunted quality about her.
  • She started to take theater classes in high school. She got enough experience to be accepted to Webster University, where she earned her BFA in drama.
  • Her high school was Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia.
  • She grew up wanting to be a ballerina.
  • At age 11, she developed scoliosis.
  • At age 15, she underwent corrective surgery.
  • As a result, she is unable to participate in any activities that may put stress on her spine: skiing, horse back riding, roller coaster riding, and especially dancing.
  • Like Laura Marano Julia had a guest appearance in an episode of Heroes. They were not in the same episode however, nor did they play mother and daughter.


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