June 28, 1986 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actress, Teacher, Director|
|Children||Saraya (born 2009)|
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.
Simmons was born in Toronto, Ontario. 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 a daughter named Saraya, who was born in 2009.
With her New York and Ontario teaching certification, she is now teaching for the Peel District School Board at the High School level. She also works for PLASP, running a successful after school program as well as Peel Respite, where she works one on one with students with special needs. Shadia is also a director at Star Acting Studios.
|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||Maggie||TV film|
|1997||Color of Justice||Harriet||TV film|
|1999||A Saintly Switch||Annette Anderson||TV film|
|1999||Dear America: A Picture of Freedom||Clotee||TV short|
|2000||The Color of Friendship||Piper Dellums||TV film|
|2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||A.J.||Episode: "The Tale of the Night Nurse"|
|2000||Virtual Mom||Amy||TV film|
|2000||The Sandy Bottom Orchestra||Jenny||TV film|
|2000||I Was a Sixth Grade Alien||October Wilde||13 episodes|
|2001||Zenon: The Zequel||Nebula Wade #2||TV film|
|2001–2002||The Zack Files||Sarah||6 episodes|
|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||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|
- Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television Vol. 49 (2003) Gale, Detroit
- Lynne Heffley (14 June 1997) "TV Reviews; 'Father's Shoes' Filled With Meaning", Los Angeles Times
- "Grier and Fox Star In Disney's 'A Saintly Switch'" (27 Jan 1999) Sentinel, Los Angeles, California
- Lynne Heffley (17 Mar. 1999) "Television Review; Scholastic's HBO Debut Presents a Sketchy 'Picture of Freedom'", Los Angeles Times
- Lynne Heffley (5 Feb. 2000) "Television Review; A Compelling 'Friendship'", Los Angeles Times
- Laura Fries (August 28, 2000) "'The Sandy Bottom Orchestra,' a TV movie on Showtime, is reviewed", Variety 380, 2 pg. 58
- "Black Hole fills TV void" (04/29/2007) Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia