PROFILE
Name:
Hannah Simone
Birth Date:
August 3, 1980
Birth Place:
London, England, UK
Nationality:
Canadian
Profession:
Actress, TV Host
BIOGRAPHY
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New Girl

Background:

Hannah Simone is a London-born Canadian actress, television host and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Cece Parekh in the Fox sitcom “New Girl “ (2011-?), from which she picked up a  Teen Choice Award, and as the host of Syfy's “WCG Ultimate Gamer” (2009-2010). She was a VJ for MuchMusic in Canada from May 2006 to November 2008.    


Radio Host

Childhood and Family:

Hannah Simone was born on August 3, 1980, in London, England. Her father is an Indian and her mother is of  German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot extraction. As a young, she was raised in Calgary, Alberta. She lived in three continents from ages 7 to 10. At age 13, Hannah lived in Cyprus and worked as a fashion model there. At 16, she moved to New Delhi, India and enrolled at the American Embassy School. She returned to Canada when she was 17, and eventually settled in Vancouver. Hannah graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in International Relations and Political Science. She also holds a BA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. While studying at Ryerson, she also worked as a radio host at the university-based CKLN-FM.    


WCG Ultimate Gamer

Career:

Hannah Simone spent two years working as a researcher for a book by Lloyd Axworthy, previously a Foreign Affairs minister under the Jean Chrétien cabinet, and went on to volunteer for a short time with the United Nations in the UK. After her graduation from Ryerson, she became a host in the HGTV Canada popular design show “Space for Living” during its first season. She then became a VJ at MuchMusic Headquarters. She also served as a news presenter for “Much News Weekly” and hosted the show “The NewMusic.” Simone left MuchMusic in November 2008 to pursue further opportunities in Los Angeles, CA.   
Simone hosted the reality television program “WCG Ultimate Gamer” with Joel Gourdin on Syfy. The show ran for two seasons from March 10, 2009 to October 7, 2010.

Simone, who previously had a guest spots in TV series like “Kevin Hill” 92005), “Kojak” (2005) and “Beautiful People” (2006), got her big break on acting in 2011 when she landed the regular role of street-smart and snarky fashion model Cecilia “Cece” Parekh on the Fox sitcom “New Girl,” opposite Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris. The series premiered on September 20, 2011, and has received favorable responses from critics. Simone was handed a 2012 Teen Choice for Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female for her performance in the show.

In 2012, Simone starred as Leena Param in “H+,” a web series produced by Bryan Singer and created by John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso.

In 2013, Simone had a supporting role as Stephanie Lee in Spike Lee's action/drama film, “Oldboy.” It starred  Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson. The same year, she also guest starred in “1600 Penn” and appeared in the pilot of “Hot Package.”

Simone will star as Beth in the comedy film “Flock of Dudes” (2014), opposite Chris D'Elia and  Skylar Astin, and as Sonia Nielson in Ravi Kapoor's comedy film “Miss India America” (2014).          

Awards:

Teen Choice: Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female, “New Girl,2012  Show Less

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