Hannah Simone

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Hannah Simone
Hannah Simone(3).jpg
Hannah Simone in March 2012
Born (1980-08-03) August 3, 1980 (age 33)
London, England
Occupation Actress, model, television hostess, VJ
Years active 2005–present
Home town Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hannah Simone (born August 3, 1980) is a Canadian television hostess, actress, and former fashion model. From May 2006 to November 2008, she worked as a VJ for MuchMusic in Canada, and now has a role as Cece Parekh on the sitcom New Girl.

Early life[edit]

Simone was born in London, to an East Indian father and a mother of German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent.[1] Simone spent her early childhood in Calgary, Alberta. From ages 7–10, Simone moved through three continents, attending schools in each one. At the age of 13, Simone was living in Cyprus and was working as a fashion model and was featured on the covers of a local fashion publication.[clarification needed] At 16 years old, Simone lived in New Delhi, India and attended the American Embassy School and at 17 returned to Canada. Initially settling at White Rock, British Columbia, she subsequently relocated to Vancouver.[2]

Simone received a BA in International Relations and Political Science from University of British Columbia. In 2004, she received a BA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. For two years, she was a researcher for a book by Lloyd Axworthy, previously a Foreign Affairs minister under the Jean Chrétien cabinet. After this, she moved to the UK to volunteer for a short time with the United Nations. While studying at Ryerson, she also worked as a radio host at the campus-based CKLN-FM.

Career[edit]

Following her 2005 graduation from Ryerson, Simone became host of HGTV Canada's television show Space for Living for its first season.[3]

Simone worked at MuchMusic as a VJ at MuchMusic Headquarters, as a news presenter for "Much News Weekly" and, the host of the show The NewMusic. She related well to youth interested in alternative artists and interviewed many artists and bands during her time at Much. Simone stopped working at MuchMusic on 21 November 2008, stating that she had plans to move to Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]

Simone earned a role hosting WCG Ultimate Gamer alongside Joel Gourdin on Syfy.[4][5] The series premiered on 10 March 2009 and ended after its second season on 7 October 2010. Simone currently stars on Fox's comedy New Girl alongside Zooey Deschanel.[6]

Alongside Kate Upton and Genesis Rodriguez, she was featured in Gillette’s “What Women Want” campaign in 2013.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Film Role Other notes
2005 Kevin Hill Larissa Episode: "Only Sixteen"
Kojak Sexy Girl Episodes: "Pilot" and "Kind of Blue"
2006 Beautiful People Customer Fix Café Episode: "A Tale of Two Parties"
2009–2010 WCG Ultimate Gamer Herself/Host
2011–present New Girl Cecilia "Cece" Parekh Series regular
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female
2011 Hot Package Correspondent Reporter TV movie
2012 H+: The Digital Series Leena Param Web series
2013 1600 Penn Princess Abigail of Andorra Episode: "Bursting the Bubble"
So You Think You Can Dance Herself/Guest judge
2013 The Carrie Diaries Larissa's Assistant Episode: "Lie with Me"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spring ’12 Feature | Hannah Simone". Audrey Magazine. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  2. ^ "MuchMusic Personalities - Hannah Simone". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design: 2005 announcements ("Space for Living co-hosted by RTA Grad Hannah Simone")
  4. ^ "Hosts Picked for Cable Game-Off". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ "IGN Exclusive – WCG Ultimate Gamer Webisode – Preview". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "FOX picks up 'Alcatraz,' 'The Finder' and 'The New Girl' to series.". Zap2it. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  7. ^ "'New Girl': Hannah Simone on 'Bachelorette Party,' Cece's 'wild and crazy' season finale". Entertainment Weekly. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 

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