Simone Lahbib

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Simone Lahbib
Born Simone Nicole Jean Lahbib Ould Cheikl
(1965-02-06) 6 February 1965 (age 50)
Stirling, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Raffaello Degruttola (2003-)

Simone Lahbib (/sˈmn ləˈbb/; born 6 February 1965)[1] is a Scottish actress. She is best known for her portrayal of idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart in the ITV1 drama Bad Girls.

Life and career[edit]

Born Simone Nicole Jean Lahbib Ould Cheikl[2] on 6 February 1965 in Stirling, Scotland, to a Scottish mother and a French Algerian father. She received her acting training at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh after four years at The Manor School of Ballet in Edinburgh. One of her first performances was playing the part of Cathy in Wuthering Heights in rep at the Brunton Theatre in Edinburgh. She played Edinburgh city girl Isobel Anderson in Monarch of the Glen and Detective Inspector Alex Fielding in the crime drama Wire in the Blood. In 2013, Lahbib appeared in the award-winning film Philomena.

In 2013 Lahbib opened a part-time performing arts school 360 Arts in North London, which teaches singing, dancing and acting to children aged 3-18 years at the Bull Theatre in Barnet.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Lahbib married British-Italian actor Raffaello Degruttola on 10 May 2003 in her hometown of Stirling, Scotland. In October 2005, she gave birth to their daughter, Skye.[1] In 2010, Lahbib established the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund in honour of her niece who died of cancer on 25 March 2010, nine days before her 16th birthday. The charity fund will benefit children with cancer and their families.[5] At 10pm (GMT) on 24 October 2013 Simone took part in an online live chat for her fans on her official Facebook page. She said she is planning a Bad Girls reunion convention in London sometime in 2014/15


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Girl in the Picture The Girl Film
1992 Taggart Caroline Peterson TV series (Episode: "Nest of Vipers")
1994 Crime Story Monika Stedul TV series (Episode: "Stedul: The Yugoslav Hitman")
1995 Taggart Sarah Stevenson TV series (Episode: "Prayer for the Dead")
1996 The Witch's Daughter Zelda TV movie
1996 Dangerfield Joanne Elland TV series (Episode: "Inside Out")
1996-1997 London Bridge Mary O'Connor TV series (Series 1-2)
1997-1998 Thief Takers DC Lucy McCarthy TV series (Series 2)
1998 The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Fiona Johnstone TV series
1999-2001 Bad Girls Helen Stewart TV series (Series 1-3)
2000 Long Haul Short
2002 Judge John Deed Carol Hayman TV series (Episodes: "Abuse of Power" and "Nobody's Fool")
2003 Family Jacqueline Cutler TV mini-series
2004 Fallen DCI Kate Gunning TV movie
2004 Monarch of the Glen Isobel Anderson TV series (Series 6)
2004 Call Me Holly Short
2005 Heartless Amanda MacNaughton TV movie
2005 Red Mercury Janet Film
2006-2008 Wire in the Blood DI Alex Fielding TV series (Series 4-6)
2008 Ark Short
2008 Zip 'n Zoo Marion Short
2010 The Other Side of My Sleep Maria Short
2010 Single-Handed Gemma Burge TV series (Series 4)
2012 New Tricks Sarah Powell TV series (Episode: "Dead Poets")
2012 Downton Abbey Wilkins TV series (Episode: "Christmas Special 2012")
2013 Wayland's Song June Wayland Film
2013 Philomena Kate Sixsmith Film


  1. ^ a b "Simone Lahbib Net - Online since 2001, Official site for Simone Lahbib, Scottish Actress". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Simone Lahbib - IMDB". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
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  4. ^ "Bad girls actor to lead new performing arts school in North London". The Stage News. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Back brave Eilidh’s lasting legacy". Stirling Observer. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 

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