Shadia Simmons

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Shadia Simmons
Born (1986-06-28) June 28, 1986 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, Teacher, Director
Years active 1995–2009
Children 3 children

Shadia Simmons (born June 28, 1986) is a Canadian actress, teacher, and director. She is best known for her role as Corrine Baxter in the television series Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, her recurring role as Emily on Life with Derek and for her starring role as Piper Dellums in the 2000 movie The Color of Friendship.


Her first film was Moonlight and Valentino, where she played the part of Jenny Morrow, the daughter of a character played by Whoopi Goldberg. She appeared in the Disney production A Saintly Switch and was cast in a number of Disney Channel Original Movies. Simmons has starred in four television series, Ace Lightning, I Was a Sixth Grade Alien, Life with Derek, and Strange Days at Blake Holsey High.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Simmons was born in Toronto, Ontario.[1] She has completed her Master's degree in Education at a college in Buffalo, New York. Shadia is the oldest out of three siblings; she has a brother named A.J. and a sister named Sabrina. She also has 3 kids. 2 daughters and a son.

Teaching career[edit]

With her New York and Ontario teaching certification, she is now teaching at the High School level. Shadia is also a director at Star Acting Studios.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Moonlight and Valentino Jenny Morrow
1996 Goosebumps Alicia Episode: "Night of the Living Dummy II"
1996 Holiday Affair Girl on Rollerblades TV film
1997 In His Father's Shoes[2] Maggie TV film
1997 Color of Justice Harriet TV film
1998 Noddy Actor TV series
1999 A Saintly Switch[3] Annette Anderson TV film
1999 Dear America: A Picture of Freedom[4] Clotee TV short
2000 The Color of Friendship[5] Piper Dellums TV film
2000 Are You Afraid of the Dark? A.J. Episode: "The Tale of the Night Nurse"
2000 Quints Zoe TV film
2000 Virtual Mom Amy TV film
2000 The Sandy Bottom Orchestra[6] Jenny TV film
2000 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien October Wilde 13 episodes
2001 Zenon: The Zequel Nebula Wade TV film
2001–2002 The Zack Files Sarah 6 episodes
2002 Girlstuff/Boystuff Eva
Pretty Reporter
Episode: "Style 911/Eleven Minute Workout"
Episode: "Health Class Horrors/Lights, Camera, Ahhhh!"
2002 Too Young to Be a Dad Blair TV film
2002–2006 Strange Days at Blake Holsey High[7] Corrine Baxter Main role, 38 episodes
2002–2004 Ace Lightning Samantha Thompson 29 episodes
2005–2009 Life with Derek Emily Davis Recurring role, 47 episodes


  1. ^ a b Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television Vol. 49 (2003) Gale, Detroit
  2. ^ Lynne Heffley (14 June 1997) "TV Reviews; 'Father's Shoes' Filled With Meaning", Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "Grier and Fox Star In Disney's 'A Saintly Switch'" (27 Jan 1999) Sentinel, Los Angeles, California
  4. ^ Lynne Heffley (17 Mar. 1999) "Television Review; Scholastic's HBO Debut Presents a Sketchy 'Picture of Freedom'", Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ Lynne Heffley (5 Feb. 2000) "Television Review; A Compelling 'Friendship'", Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Laura Fries (August 28, 2000) "'The Sandy Bottom Orchestra,' a TV movie on Showtime, is reviewed", Variety 380, 2 pg. 58
  7. ^ "Black Hole fills TV void" (04/29/2007) Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia

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