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 cartoon characters 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.