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Hannah Simone
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Simone in March 2012
Born (1980-08-03) August 3, 1980 (age 38)
London, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, model, television hostess, VJ
Years active1993–present
Home townVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Jesse Giddings (m. 2016)

Hannah Simone (born August 3, 1980) is a British-born Canadian actress, television host, and former VJ and fashion model. She is best known for portraying Cece on the Fox sitcom New Girl.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
    • 4.3 Other media
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

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. 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. At 16 years old, Simone lived in New Delhi where she attended the American Embassy School. A year later, at 17, she 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 returned to the United Kingdom, Hounslow for a year, where she worked as a human rights and refugees officer.[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. From May 2006 to November 2008, she worked as a VJ for MuchMusic in Canada. 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. From 2011 to 2018, Simone starred on Fox's comedy New Girl, where she played Cece, the best friend to title character Jess (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".[10]

In 2016, she starred in music video "Same Air" from The Rocket Summer. In 2017, she hosted the 8-episode first season of the reality competition television series Kicking & Screaming.[11]

On February 12, 2018, Simone was announced as the lead in ABC's reboot of The Greatest American Hero;[12] however, ABC declined to pick up the series.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Simone married musician Jesse Giddings in 2016, after nearly four years of dating. Simone announced her pregnancy in April 2017, and she gave birth to their son in early August 2017.[14][15]



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
2017 Band Aid Grace
2017 Killing Gunther Sanaa


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 Host 2 seasons[16]
2011–2018 New Girl Cece Starring role; 7 seasons
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"
2017 Kicking & Screaming Host
2018 Single Parents Dr. Monique Dewan 3 episodes
2019 Weird City Episode: "Chonathan & Mulia & Barsley & Phephanie"

Other media[edit]

List of acting appearances in music videos
Year Title and Artist Role Refs
2014 "Angel in Blue Jeans" by Train Title character [10]
2016 "Same Air" by The Rocket Summer Free Falling Girl [17]