Who is Hannah Simone?

Hannah Simone is a British-Canadian actress known for portraying Cece Parikh in the hit Fox sitcom New Girl. A former VJ and fashion model, Hannah Simone is also a television host known for hosting shows such as Space for Living, The NewMusic, WCG Ultimate Gamer, and  Kicking & Screaming. Hannah Simone is married to musician Jesse Giddings with whom she shares a son. 

Hannah Simone
Hannah Simone Biography

quick facts

Full nameHannah Simone
BirthdayAugust 3, 1980
Age42 years old
Sun signLeo
BirthplaceLondon, England, UK
EducationUniversity of British Columbia
NationalityCanadian
SiblingsZack Simone (brother)
Marital statusMarried
SpouseJesse Giddings
Children1 (son)
ProfessionActor, VJ, model, Tv host
Net WorthUSD 3 million
Social mediaInstagram
Twitter

Fun Facts

  • Born in London, UK, Hannah Simone has lived in different places including Calgary, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, India, Vancouver, London, Toronto, throughout her life. The actress now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Jesse Giddings and their son. 
  • Hannah is a cat lover. She has four cats named Jake, Frank, Alfie, and Zeke. In fact, she also has an Instagram account dedicated to all of her cats called “havecatzwilltravel”. 
  • Her favorite artist is The Weeknd. She was introduced to the Canadian musician by her friend Colin Lewis. Simone once discussed how Lewis suggested her to listen to The Weeknd. She said, “He sent me The Weeknd, and he was completely spot on. The Weeknd is literally on every playlist I have.”
  • Hannah Simone is quite good with accents. Whenshe  lived in India, she used to speak like an Indian local to get good prices while shopping. However, since is so used to speaking in an American accent that her mum refuses to speak to her unless she speaks “properly” on the phone. 
  • Hannah considers Audrey Hepburn her style icon. Likewise, she is also a big fan of street style. She loves the way women in London dress. 
  • Hannah is a cooking enthusiast. Talking about her love for cooking, the actress shared, “I’m a huge cook! I’m actually trying to write my first cookbook. I make an Indian-spice Bolognese and serve it over pasta. It’s a combination of flavors that people aren’t used to.”

Hannah Simone Birthday and age

Hannah Simone was born on August 3, 1980. She was born in London, United Kingdom. Currently, she is 42 years old.

Hannah Simone Height, Measurements & Appearance

A former model, Hannah Simone, really is quite the head-turner. The British-Canadian actress stands tall at 5 feet and 7 inches. 

Hannah has the perfect measurements of 38-25-35 inches, giving her body an attractive hourglass shape. Likewise, she wears a size 34D bra. 

In addition, Simone has brown-colored eyes and dark brown hair. The actress is known for her signature bangs and long luscious hair.  

To maintain her figure, Hannah Simone likes to incorporate Pilates, Bar Method, and spin into her fitness routine… Her favorite personal trainer is Amy Rosoff. However, she doesn’t necessarily consider herself a “workout person.” 

Nationality, Ethnicity, and Religion

Hannah Simone is a Canadian citizen. She belongs to mixed ethnicity. The Single Parents actress is of Indian, English, German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent. Information about her religious background is not available at the moment. 

Childhood, family, and Educational Background

Hannah Simone was born to an Indian father and an English mother in London, UK. Her father, Naren, is originally from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. Likewise, her mother, Helen, is of German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent.

Hannah also has a brother named Zack Simone. The two siblings share a close bond which they often show off on social media. 

Hannah Simone with brother Zack Simone
Hannah Simone with brother Zack Simone

Hannah spent her childhood in different countries as her family traveled a lot. Divulging details about her family’s nomadic ways of living, Hannah once said,

“I was born in London, and we lived in Canada. Then we lived in Saudi Arabia until the Gulf War broke out, when we were forced to leave. Then we hop-scotched for a while from Holland back to Canada back to Saudi Arabia. And, then there was D-day, so we had to get out again.”

Most of her early childhood was spent in Calgary, Canada. However, her family moved through three continents when Hannah was between the age of 7 to 10. As a result, she attended three different schools in each one of the continents. 

Hannah was scouted as a model at the early age of 13 and  “was featured on the cover of a leading local fashion publication.” During this time, the British-Candian was living in Cyprus.

Likewise, Hannah caught the acting bug quite early on in her life. According to the British-Canadian actress,

“I’ve been on stage since I was eight… I was always doing theater, auditioning for plays.”

When Hannah was 16 years old, her family moved to New Delhi, India. During her time there, Hannah studied at the American Embassy School. She was involved in doing charity work while studying at the American Embassy School and “helped organize a benefit concert for women and children with AIDS.” 

At the age of 17, she returned back to Canada and began living in White Rock, British Columbia. However, she later moved back to Vancouver. 

Upon her relocation to Vancouver, Hannah joined the University of British Columbia. She majored in International Relations and Political Science. A year after her graduation, she returned to Hounslow, United Kingdom, to work as a human rights and refugee officer with the United Nations in London for a year. 

Talking about her experience working with the United Nations, Simone said,

“After I graduated in Vancouver, I had been working on a book about war-affected children and land mines with the foreign minister – he was working at a place on campus and hired me. I then got a job as a Human Rights and Refugees Officer in London, and I loved working there.”

In 2005, Simone graduated from Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada, with a degree in Radio and Television Production.

Career

Hannah Simone, who was already an established model before starting her acting career, became the host of the first season of HGTV Canada’s TV show Space for Living right after her university graduation. From 2006 to 2008, Simone was a VJ for MuchMusic in Canada. 

She also worked as a news presenter for “Much News Weekly” and hosted The NewMusic show. After quitting her job at MuchMusic, Simone decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in acting. 

Likewise, Hannah Simone also hosted WCG Ultimate Gamer alongside Joel Gourdin. While her work as a VJ and TV host definitely contributed to her fame, Hannah’s claim to fame was her role as Cece Parikh on Fox’s comedy series, New Girl. 

Simone played the role of Cece in New Girl from 2011 to 2018. In 2013, Hannah Simone, Kate Upton, and Génesis Rodríguez were featured in Gillette’s “What Women Want” ad campaign. 

The TV host shared her experience of working with the brand and said,

“I’m thrilled to partner with Gillette to help men understand what women want. If we’re able to give them that information and Gillette can give them the tools to get there, then we both win, and that’s very exciting.”

Similarly, Simone also featured in several music videos, including the video for Train’s hit song “Angel in Blue Jeans” and the music video for “Same Air” from The Rocket Summer. In 2015, Simone served as the executive producer for Miss India America. 

Additionally, Hannah hosted the first season of the reality competition television series Kicking & Screaming. In February 2018, Simone was cast in the lead role in ABC’s reboot of The Greatest American Hero. Unfortunately, ABC did not pick up the series. 

After her acting career took off, Hannah has appeared as the cover star in several high-profile fashion magazines. The British-Canadian starlet appeared in the 2013 edition of Redbook fashion spread and was also featured on the cover of Glow’s 2013 issue. 

In January 2022, Simone and her New Girl co-star Zooey Deschanel and Lamorne Morris started their podcast titled Welcome to Our Show. In the podcast, the former co-actors rewatch and discuss every episode of their show.

New Girl and give fans never shared before information and behind-the-scenes stories about the hit Fox sitcom. 

Awards and Nominations:

Title (year)CategoryNominated workStatus
National Film and Television Award (2018)Best Actress in a TV SeriesNew Girl (2011)Nominated
Teen Choice Award (2012)Choice TV Breakout Performance – FemaleNew Girl (2011)Winner

Relationships & Dating History

Hannah Simone dated musician Jesse Giddings for four years, after which they decided to tie the knot in 2016. Despite being in a relationship, Jesse and Hannah managed to keep their romance under wraps. 

After four years of dating each other, Hannah and Jesse tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony in July 2016. Despite exchanging wedding vows, the couple managed to keep their marriage hidden from fans and the media for quite some time. However, they left plenty of hints about their marriage on social media, which often caught the eye of curious fans. 

Hannah Simone with her husband, Jesse Giddings
Hannah Simone with her husband, Jesse Giddings

Even though neither Hannah nor Jesse has shared any photos or information related to their intimate wedding ceremony to date, the couple continues to enjoy marital bliss and share several aww-worthy exchanges on social media. In addition, Hannah often posts photos with her musician husband on her Instagram account and gives fans a glimpse of their private life. 

Hannah Simone Children 

Hannah Simone shares a son with her husband, Jesse Giddings. In August 2017, Simone and her husband welcomed their son. Simone’s real-life pregnancy perfectly aligned with her New Girl character’s pregnancy storyline. 

While the New Girl alum has tried her best to keep her son away from the media spotlight, in a rare interview with PEOPLE, Simone shared glimpses of her newborn’s nursery and gave fans details regarding the overall decoration process.

Likewise, Simone talked about her inspirations for her three-month-old son’s nursery design and said,

“I found inspiration through my travels, and I was able to create a room that takes on a cozy rustic style while also maintaining a nostalgic vintage feel.”

Social Media Presence

Instagram 

Even though Hannah Simone is a very private person, the actress is quite active on Instagram. Through her Instagram account, Hannah gives curious fans a rare glimpse into her personal life. 

Followed by over 1.3 million people, Hannah Simone’s Instagram username is “therealhannahsimone.” The New Girl alum often shares photos related to her acting endeavors, red carpet events, and behind-the-scenes photos from her shoots. 

Likewise, Simone also frequently features her husband, Jesse Giddings, on her Instagram account. Similarly, she often posts photos with her former New Girl co-stars. 

Twitter

Joined in March 2009, Hannah Simone’s Twitter account is registered under the username “HannahSimone.” The former model has over 248.8k Twitter followers on her account. 

Facebook

Like Instagram and Twitter, Hannah Simone also has an active presence on Facebook. The actress has over 205k followers on her Facebook page. Likewise, her Facebook bio reads, “I play Cece on New Girl.”

Hannah Simone Net Worth and Lifestyle

Hannah Simone has a staggering net worth of approximately USD 3 million as of 2022. The British-Canadian beauty has accumulated such an impressive net worth through her career as an actress, model, VJ, and TV host. With such remarkable net worth, there is no doubt that Hannah leads a lavish lifestyle. 

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