Heather Langenkamp is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and prosthetic makeup coordinator. She is recognized in popular culture for her prolific work in the horror genre and scream queen roles.Langenkamp began her career as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders and Rumble Fish (both in 1983) before debuting as a lead actress in Nickel Mountain (1984). She is best known for her performances as Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Dream Warriors (1987), and as a fictionalized version of herself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)—all a part of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Throughout the 2010s and 2020s, Langenkamp acted in films such as The Butterfly Room (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Truth or Dare (2017), Hellraiser: Judgment (2018), and My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021). Langenkamp has starred in numerous television series and made-for-television films throughout her career such as the drama film Passions (1984), the Emmy Award–winning ABC sitcoms Growing Pains (1988–1990) and Just the Ten of Us (1988–1990), the satirical film Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story (1994), the anthology series Perversions of Science (1997), the adult animated series JJ Villard's Fairy Tales (2020), and the Mike Flanagan created Netflix series The Midnight Club (2022). Langenkamp met her husband, Oscar-winning make-up artist David LeRoy Anderson, at a wrap party for Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) and together they run the make-up FX firm AFX Studio. Subsequent ventures include working as the special makeup effects coordinator for movies such as Dawn of the Dead (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), Evan Almighty (2007), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).