Hannah Simone

Hannah Simone (born 3 August 1980) is a British-Canadian actress, television host, and former VJ and fashion model. She is known for portraying Cece on the Fox sitcom New Girl.[1]

Hannah Simone
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Simone in March 2012
Born (1980-08-03) 3 August 1980 (age 42)
OccupationActress, model, television hostess, VJ
Years active2005–present
(m. 2016)

Early lifeEdit

Simone was born in London to an Indian father and an English mother of German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent.[2] She has a brother named Zack.[3] 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 in White Rock, British Columbia, she subsequently relocated to Vancouver[4] where she attended the University of British Columbia. After her first degree, she returned to Hounslow, United Kingdom for a year, where she worked as a human rights and refugees officer for the United Nations.[5]


Following her 2005 graduation from Ryerson University, Simone became host of HGTV Canada's television show Space for Living for its first season.[6]

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 21 November 2008, stating that she had plans to move to Los Angeles, California.[7]

Simone earned a role hosting WCG Ultimate Gamer alongside Joel Gourdin on Syfy.[8][9] The series premiered on 10 March 2009 and ended after its second season on 7 October 2010. From 2011 to 2018, Simone was on Fox's comedy New Girl, where she played Cece, the best friend to title character Jess (Zooey Deschanel).[10]

Alongside Kate Upton and Génesis Rodríguez, she was featured in Gillette's "What Women Want" campaign in 2013.[11]

In 2014, she starred alongside Danny Trejo in Train's music video "Angel in Blue Jeans".[12]

In 2016, she starred in music video "Same Air" from The Rocket Summer. In 2017, she hosted the reality competition television series Kicking & Screaming.[13]

On 12 February 2018, Simone was announced as the lead in ABC's reboot of The Greatest American Hero;[14] however, ABC declined to pick up the series.[15]

She began cohosting Welcome to Our Show, a New Girl rewatch podcast with co-stars Lamorne Morris and Zooey Deschanel, distributed by IHeartRadio, in January 2022.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2016, after dating for nearly four years, Simone married musician Jesse Giddings.[17] Simone announced her pregnancy in April 2017, and she gave birth to their son in early August 2017.[18][19]



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[20]
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. Monica Dewan 3 episodes
2019 Weird City Phephanie Episode: "Chonathan & Mulia & Barsley & Phephanie"
2019 The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Amber TV special
2020 Mira, Royal Detective Pinky (voice) Main cast

Other mediaEdit

List of acting appearances in music videos
Year Title and Artist Role Refs
2014 "Angel in Blue Jeans" by Train Title character [12]
2016 "Same Air" by The Rocket Summer Free Falling Girl [21]


  1. ^ Instagram, Author's; Twitter, Author's. "Exclusive: Hannah Simone Talks Bangs, Indian Beauty, and Her Show". Byrdie. Retrieved 20 May 2020. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "Spring '12 Feature | Hannah Simone". Audrey Magazine. May 28, 2013. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Jennifer Chowdhury. "12 Things You Didn't Know About Actress Hannah Simone". India.com. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ "MuchMusic Personalities — Hannah Simone". MuchMusic. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  5. ^ SheKnows (25 July 2013). "Hannah Simone Chats about Dating & Life Before New Girl - Girl Crush". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 12 November 2017 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design: 2005 announcements Archived 16 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine ("Space for Living co-hosted by RTA Grad Hannah Simone")
  7. ^ "'New Girl' star Hannah Simone likes to 'treat the entire world like it's my neighborhood'". Los Angeles Times. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Hosts Picked for Cable Game-Off". IGN. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  9. ^ "IGN Exclusive – WCG Ultimate Gamer Webisode – Preview". IGN. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  10. ^ "FOX picks up 'Alcatraz,' 'The Finder' and 'The New Girl' to series". Zap2it. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  11. ^ Beard, Lanford (10 April 2013). "'New Girl': Hannah Simone on 'Bachelorette Party,' Cece's 'wild and crazy' season finale". Entertainment Weekly. New York City. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  12. ^ a b Schillaci, Sophie (15 July 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"
  13. ^ Hall, Gerrad (9 May 2016). "Hannah Simone is 'Kicking and Screaming' as host of new Fox competition series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  14. ^ Snierson, Dan (12 February 2018). "New Girl star Hannah Simone to headline ABC's Greatest American Hero reboot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (11 May 2018). "The 5 Most Surprising Pilot Passes This Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  16. ^ "iHeartRadio Announces "Welcome to Our Show," A "New Girl" Rewatch Podcast Hosted by Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris". iHeart Media. 13 January 2022. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  17. ^ "'New Girl' Star Hannah Simone and Husband Jesse Giddings Welcome Their First Child". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  18. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (14 April 2017). "Hannah Simone and Jesse Giddings Are Married, Expecting First Child". People. New York City. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  19. ^ Juris, Yvonne; Fernandez, Alexia (31 August 2017). "New Girl Hannah Simone and Jesse Giddings Welcome Their First Baby!". People. New York City. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  20. ^ WorldCyberGames (6 January 2010). "WCG ultimate Gamer Season I : First Episode". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 12 November 2017 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "The Rocket Summer's "Same Air": Idolator Video Premiere". idolator. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

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