Simone is an award-winning British actress who is best known for her roles in award-winning British TV shows such as ‘Bad Girls’, as Wing Governor Helen Stewart and ‘Wire in the Blood’ as DI Alex Fielding, opposite Robson Green.
“I was hugely honoured in 2001 when I received the ‘Lord Provost Award’ and key to the city, and now I have been honoured again. Stirling is my home town and I’m fiercely proud of my roots. Thank you so much, I hope I can do the event and my home city proud!”
Simone is also known for her roles in ‘Monarch of the Glen’, ‘Single-Handed’, ‘Family’, ‘Judge John Deed’ and ‘New Tricks’ to name a few. Most recently she appeared in hit US TV shows, ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ and ‘Crossing Lines’, and Emmy Award-winning TV series, ‘Downton Abbey’ She also appeared in Oscar Award-winning British film ‘Philomena’. Simone’s most recent role was as Mhari Toner in ITV’s x6 part series ‘The Loch’, which came out last the summer and has been nominated for a National Television Award 2018.
Simone also played a cameo role in feature film Burning Men, which she did casting on and is due for release next year.
Before she began her acting career, Simone studied ballet and dance at the ‘Manor School of Ballet’ in Edinburgh for 4 years before going on to study acting at ‘Queen Margaret University’ in Edinburgh for another 3 years.
In her early career, Simone sang and recorded with several musicians and bands, including Paul Haig, Chewy Raccoon, and Bobby Hendry and sang on the soundtrack for British Indie film, ‘The Girl in the Picture’, in which she also played ‘The Girl’.
As a producer Simone has worked with her husband, Raffaello Degruttola on his (BIFA) ‘British Independent Film Award’ nominated, ‘Flim, the Movie’ and is currently working on his new web series ‘Tremor Cordis’ through their production company, ‘Contro Vento Films’.
Simone also runs ‘London Arts Academy’ part time performing arts school in London and affiliated, Children’s and Young Performers Agency, ‘London Arts Management’, who’s client credits include, Ken Loach, multi award-winning, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, latest hit, West End musical, ‘School of Rock’ ‘Caroline, Or Change’ hit musical at Chichester Festival Theatre, and soon to be released independent films, ‘Destination Dewsbury’ and ‘Burning Men’.
Simone is also an experienced acting and dance teacher, a first aider and a licensed chaperone for the London Borough of Barnet, working as chaperone and acting coach occasionally for her agency clients but mainly for her actress daughter, Skye Lucia Degruttola on shows such as, Danny Boyle’s, ‘Babylon’, x3 series of Grantchester, in which Skye Lucia played Robson Greens daughter, Esme Keating, Disney’s latest hit, live Action feature film, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, with Emma Watson and soon to be released, action/thriller feature ’10×10′ with Luke Evans.
Simone is also a Director of the ‘Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund’, a charity which she helped set up when her niece Eilidh died of cancer in 2010. The charity is raising money to build a respite holiday home for families with children with cancer in Thornhill, Scotland. Among the many charity events to raise money and awareness, Simone recently helped organise a ‘Bad Girls Convention’ in October 2016, which raised over £21K for the charity! Every year London Arts Academy awards x3 students, a singing, dance and acting scholarships, which entitles the students to year’s free tuition, in memory of Simone’s niece Eilidh Brown.