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. 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’ and Oscar Award winning British film ‘Philomena’. Simone has just finished filming as Mhari Toner in ITV’s new series ‘Loch Ness’, due to be shown early 2017.
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.
After leaving drama school, Simone worked extensively in theatre as an actress, but also used her dance background to choreograph several stage shows, including 7:84’s, ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ and Wildcat’s ‘The Silver Darling’s’ starring Kevin McKidd.
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 sound track 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 ‘360 Arts’, affiliated, Children’s and Young Performers Agency, ‘360 Arts Management’, who’s client credits include, Ken Loach, Palmes d’Or, award winning, ‘I. Daniel Blake’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, latest hit, West End musical, ‘School of Rock’ and soon to be released independent film, Destination Dewsbury.
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 mainly with her 11 year old actress daughter, Skye Lucia Degruttola on shows such as, Danny Boyle’s, ‘Babylon’, x3 series of Grantchester, in which Skye Lucia plays Robson Greens daughter, Esme Keating and on Disney’s highly anticipated feature film, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, with Emma Watson, which is due to be released in cinemas, March 17th, 2017.
Simone is also a Director of the ‘Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund’, a charity which she help 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 360 Arts awards x3 students a singing, a dance and an acting scholarship, which entitles them to a years free tuition at 360 Arts, in memory of Simone’s niece Eilidh.