Hannah Simone

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Hannah Simone
Hannah Simone(3).jpg
Simone in March 2012
Born (1980-08-03) August 3, 1980 (age 36)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress, model, television hostess, VJ
Years active 2005–present
Home town Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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

Early life[edit]

Simone was born in London, to an Indian father and an English mother of German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent.[1] She has a brother named Zach.[2] 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, where she attended the American Embassy School. At 17 returned to Canada. Initially settling at White Rock, British Columbia, she subsequently relocated to Vancouver[3] where she attended the University of British Columbia. After her first degree, she worked as a human rights and refugees officer at the United Nations in England for a year.[4]


Following her 2005 graduation from Ryerson University, Simone became host of HGTV Canada's television show Space for Living for its first season.[5]

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 November 21, 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.[6][7] The series premiered on March 10, 2009 and ended after its second season on October 7, 2010. Simone currently stars on Fox's comedy New Girl alongside Zooey Deschanel.[8]

Alongside Kate Upton and Génesis Rodríguez, she was featured in Gillette’s “What Women Want” campaign in 2013.[9]

In 2014, she starred alongside Danny Trejo in Train's music video "Angel in Blue Jeans".

In 2016, she starred in music video "Same Air" from The Rocket Summer.

Personal life[edit]

Hannah has stated that her background as an interviewer has taught her the pitfalls of sharing too much about her private life. She continues to be passionate about human rights work.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Sati Shaves Her Head Nikki Short film
2013 Oldboy Stephanie Lee
2015 Miss India America Sonia Nielson
2015 Lemonade Tasha
2016 Flock of Dudes Beth
2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy Emily
2016 Odd Squad: The Movie Weird Emily


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kevin Hill Larissa Episode: "Only Sixteen"
2005 Kojak Sexy Girl 2 episodes
2006 Beautiful People Customer Fix Café Episode: "A Tale of Two Parties"
2009–2010 WCG Ultimate Gamer Herself/Host 8 episodes
2011–present New Girl Cecilia "Cece" Parekh Series regular
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance — Female
2012 H+: The Digital Series Leena Param Web series
2013 1600 Penn Princess Abigail of Andorra Episode: "Bursting the Bubble"
2013 So You Think You Can Dance Herself/Guest judge Episode: "Las Vegas Callbacks"
2013 Hot Package Model Episode: "Pilot"

Other media[edit]

List of acting appearances in other media
Year Title Role Notes
2014 "Angel in Blue Jeans" music video Title character Train video; first role in a music video[11]


  1. ^ "Spring '12 Feature | Hannah Simone". Audrey Magazine. May 28, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.india.com/entertainment/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-actress-hannah-simone-224131/
  3. ^ "MuchMusic Personalities — Hannah Simone". MuchMusic. Retrieved December 17, 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLynlG2QJxM.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design: 2005 announcements ("Space for Living co-hosted by RTA Grad Hannah Simone")
  6. ^ "Hosts Picked for Cable Game-Off". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "IGN Exclusive – WCG Ultimate Gamer Webisode – Preview". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "FOX picks up 'Alcatraz,' 'The Finder' and 'The New Girl' to series.". Zap2it. May 11, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "'New Girl': Hannah Simone on 'Bachelorette Party,' Cece's 'wild and crazy' season finale". Entertainment Weekly. April 10, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLynlG2QJxM.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (July 15, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE! On Set With Danny Trejo, Hannah Simone and Train: The 'Angel in Blue Jeans' Shoot". ET Music. CBS Television Distribution.  – video feature – 2:21 "It's my first music video"

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