Britain Simons

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Britain Simons
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Born
Britain David Simons

1991 (age 29–30)
EducationMontrose High School
Alma materBaylor University
OccupationActor
Years active2014-present

Britain Simons is an American actor known for his appearance on Disney's Descendants: School of Secrets appearing in 7 out of 23 episodes and having a minor part in the Lifetime original film Online Abduction (also known as Cyber Case), along with playing the Badge Badger in the State Farm commercials.[1] He began his professional career by doing commercials in 2014 in a local spot for Pappa Rollo's Pizza[2] produced by Time Warner Cable while still attending university. He continued his career in Hollywood, CA by starring in independent films such as Surgey, television appearances on Disney Channel, Lifetime Television and Investigation Discovery, and commercials for Honda, War Dragons App, Toyota, State Farm, and Walmart.

In 2016, Britain performed the leading voiceover role of Daichi in the American English language version of Tsuburaya Productions feature film Ultraman X The Movie, the special 50th Ultra Series Anniversary theatrical feature film of Ultraman X.[3] In 2020, he appeared in the episode "Sing, Sing, Sing" on the series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels on Showtime (TV network).

Early life and education[edit]

Simons was born In Durango, Colorado to Kelly (Roelke), a photographer, and David Simons, a contractor and architect. He has one sibling, an older sister named Gentry Simons, who works in freelance marketing. His parents separated when he was four and relocated to Montrose, CO until he earned his high school diploma and moved away for college.[4]

As a teen, Britain discovered community theatre and competitive speech team while preparing for a life as an engineer. He traveled to New York City, NY with the Carnegie Hall Singers,[5] attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington D.C., and earned his diploma from Montrose High School in 2010. He made the decision with his parents to pursue acting. From there, he received the Daniels Fund Scholarship to attend the university of his choice. He graduated with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies from Baylor University, in Texas. He also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, NYC and he spent a short time in St. Petersburg, Russia with The St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy. After he moved to Hollywood he continued his training with John Kirby.

Career[edit]

In his first film he played the antagonist, Cory, in the award-winning[citation needed] 2013 indie short, Surgery. Simons subsequently appeared in numerous shorts while attending university full-time. He also appeared in his first regional commercial for Pappa Rollo's Pizza, a local pizzeria. After he completed his formal education in 2014, he began building a career in film and commercials in Los Angeles, CA. His first commercial appearances included Walmart's national Dare to Compare campaign, a Honda/Buzzfeed collaboration advert on Snapchat, and an international commercial for Vivo's V3 smartphone. Soon to follow, he performed in the music video for Showtek - "90s by Nature" and a supporting role in Calum Scott's official music video for his release "Dancing on My Own".

Simons' television debut was in an appearance on the Lifetime Television movie Babysitter's Black Book with a single line as the food truck boy. Soon after he earned a supporting role in another Lifetime Television feature film Online Abduction (aka Cyber Case) (2015) alongside Brooke Butler, directed by Steven R. Monroe. He made appearances in shows like Murder Book (2015), Unusual Suspects (2015), and Disney's Descendants: School of Secrets (2015) playing Prince Ben, premiering online and the Disney Channel in support of the movie summer event, Descendants.

After less than two years in Hollywood, Britain began landing credited supporting roles in indie and major feature films.[citation needed] In 2016, he landed the supporting role of Handsome Boy in the critically acclaimed horror film, Holidays directed by Kevin Kolsch. He also performed the leading voice-over role of Daichi in the Ultraman 50th anniversary feature film Ultraman X The Movie.

Britain can also been seen in his comedic commercial spots for the War Dragons App,[6] his most recent role of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in the new web series Superheroes in Therapy,[7] along with his commercial spots for State Farm where he plays the Badge Badger. In 2020, he played the role of "Assistant" to Jerome Townsend on the new Showtime (TV network) series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

Filmography[edit]

Commercials[edit]

Year Title Company Notes
2014 Pappa Rollos Pizza Time Warner Regional Commercial[8]
2015 Vivo V3 (smartphone) Vivo Asia Commercial
2015 Snapchat Honda BuzzFeed/Honda Social Media Ad
2017 Toyota Concept-愛i Toyota Japan Japan Commercial
2017 War Dragons Glass & Marker National Commercial
2017 Moto Z3 Motorola National Commercial
2018 "Badge Badger" State Farm National Commercial[9]
2018 "Valley Hi Toyota" Toyota Regional Christmas Commercial
2019 "Energy on the Go"[10] 5-Hour Energy National Commercial

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Babysitter's Black Book Food truck boy Lifetime Television
2015 Online Abduction (aka Cyber Case) Ben Lifetime Television
2016 Holidays Handsome boy XYZ Films
2017 Ultraman X The Movie Daichi Ozora (Voice) Tsuburaya Productions
2017 Hickok The Kid Status Media & Entertainment

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Descendants: School of Secrets Prince Ben Prequel Series to Descendants
Murder Book Tipster Episode: "Still Waters"
Unusual Suspects Eric Weaver Episode: "New Years Evil"
2017 Rejects: Origins Markos Episode: "Pilot"
2018 Superheroes in Therapy Peter Parker aka Spider-Man Season 1
2020 Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Assistant Episode: "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Music Video[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 90s By Nature Contestant Judge Artist: Showtek
2016 Dancing on My Own Awakened Lover Artist: Calum Scott
2018 Alfie's Song Dr. Clayton Hunt [11] Artist: Bleachers

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/db7l/state-farm-the-badge-badger
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KODJyOYM-Hk
  3. ^ Salas, Jorge. "Ultraman X and Ultraman Ginga S Movie English Dub Cast Revealed". The Tokusatsu Network. © 2016 · The Tokusatsu Network. Retrieved 10 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Simons, Britain. "Biography". Britain Simons Official. © Britain Simons. Retrieved 17 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Mawdsley, Melinda (January 17, 2010). "Grand Junction choir to perform at Carnegie Hall" (The Dailey Sentinel). © 2017 Grand Junction Media, Inc. Retrieved 22 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scUBADqAafQ
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDLzScX4sFk
  8. ^ "Britain Simons || Commercials". Britain Simons Official Website!. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  9. ^ "State Farm TV Commercial, 'The Badge Badger'". iSpot.tv. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  10. ^ "Britain Simons || Actor | Résumé". Britain Simons Official Website!. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAOu_1ffiM

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