Neil Hope
Birth Name Philip Hope
Date of Birth September 24, 1972
Place of Birth Toronto, Canada
Date of Death November 25, 2007, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Gender Male
Nickname(s) Neil
Hair Color Brown
Occupation(s) Actor
Philip "Neil" Hope (September 24, 1972 - November 25, 2007) was a Canadian actor who portrayed Robin "Griff" Griffith on The Kids of Degrassi Street, and Derek Wheeler on Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, School's Out! and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He was nominated for a Young Artist Award along with the rest of his Degrassi cast mates for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast.


  • He started acting at the age of 9.
  • He started wearing glasses at the age of 15.
  • His father died in 1987 due to cirrhosis, a disease of the liver as a result of his drinking.
  • Both his parents were alcoholics.
  • He was the 5th born child in his family. He had 3 brothers (Tracey, Brian, and Danny) and 1 sister (Cheryl).
  • His parents were divorced. He and his siblings would live with one parent for a while, switch, and so on.
  • Neil disliked country music.
  • One of his favorite cartoons as a child was Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes.
  • He was engaged to Christina Boulard from 1998 to 2001.
  • Four years after the date of his death, it was revealed that he had died from a heart attack from not taking diabetes insulin on time, in November 2007 at the age of 35.
  • Neil Hope had dealt with the death of parents on Degrassi and in his personal life.
  • A memorial website has been set up for Neil at
  • He is the first main cast member of the franchise to have passed away.