Simone Nicole Jean Lahbib Ould Cheikl
6 February 1965
|Education||Queen Margaret University|
Simone Nicole Jean Lahbib Ould Cheikl (//; born 6 February 1965) is a Scottish actress. She is known for her roles as Helen Stewart in the ITV drama series Bad Girls, DCI Alex Fielding in the ITV crime series Wire in the Blood and Katy Lewis in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
Life and career
Lahbib was born in Stirling to a Scottish poet and artist mother and a French-Algerian chef father. Lahbib trained in Drama at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University. She then commenced her on-screen career in 1985 when she was cast in The Girl in the Picture, a film set in Glasgow directed by Cary Parker. She also sang on the soundtrack. Lahbib has worked extensively in television and film, after starting her career predominantly in theatre. Following guest appearances on well-known television dramas such as Taggart and Dangerfield, she received her first leading role when she was cast in the ITV daytime drama London Bridge as Mary O'Connor, from 1996 to 1997. Her next role in 1997 was in the third and final series of police drama Thief Takers where she met her future husband, Raffaello Degruttola. This was followed by her appearance in the 6-part comedy series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star in 1998. In 1999, Lahbib became widely recognised for her leading role in the cult British prison drama series Bad Girls, in which she played Helen Stewart.
Following her departure from Bad Girls, Lahbib has had leading roles in several TV drama series including Family as Jacqueline Cutler, Fallen as DCI Kate Gunning, Single-Handed as Gemma Burge, Monarch of the Glen as Isobel Anderson and crime drama series Wire in the Blood as DCI Alex Fielding. She appeared in this last role from series four to series six. She also featured in Da Vinci's Demons as Laura Cereta, The Loch as Mhari Toner and as Debbie O'Callaghan in A Confession.
In 2005, Lahbib appeared in Red Mercury, a feature film with Stockard Channing, and has frequently appeared in films since, such as the award-winning Philomena, with Judi Dench, Wayland's Song, Film: The Movie (which she co-produced), and Burning Men, on which she was also co-casting director. She also appeared in the independent feature film Transference in 2020, which was written and directed by her husband. In 2017, Lahbib opened her second part-time performing arts school, London Arts Academy in North London. The school teaches singing, dancing and acting to children ages 5–18 years. In September 2020, it was announced that she had joined the cast of the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She made her debut appearance as Katy Lewis in November of that year.
Lahbib married British-Italian actor Raffaello Degruttola on 10 May 2003 in her hometown of Stirling, Scotland. In October 2005, she gave birth to their daughter, Skye Lucia Degruttola, who also became an actress. In 2010 Lahbib established the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund in honour of her niece who died of cancer on 25 March 2010, nine days before her 16th birthday. The charity fund will benefit children with cancer and their families.
|1985||The Girl in the Picture||The Girl||Cary Parker|
|1996||The Witches Daughter||Zelda||Alan Macmillan|
|2005||Red Mercury||Janet||Roy Battersby|
|2013||Philomena||Kate Sixsmith||Stephen Frears|
|2013||Wayland's Song||June||Richard Jobson|
|2014||Flim: The Movie||Alex Kingston||Raffaello Degruttola||Additionally served as co-producer and producer in "making of"|
|2019||Burning Men||Eduarda||Jeremy Wooding|
|2020||Transference: A Bipolar Love Story||Sophie||Raffaello Degruttola||Additionally served as co-producer|
|TBA||Detour||Astrid Petruce||David Goodall|
|1992||Taggart||Caroline Peterson||Series 7, Episode 1 – "Nest of Vipers"|
|1994||Crime Story||Monika Stedul||Series 2, Episode 5 – "Stedul: The Yugoslav Hitman"|
|1995||Taggart||Sarah Stevenson||Series 11, Episode 1 – "Prayer for the Dead"|
|1996||Dangerfield||Joanne Elland||Series 3, Episode 10 – "Inside Out"|
|1996||The Witch's Daughter||Zelda||Television film|
|1996–1997||London Bridge||Mary O'Connor||Series 1 & 2 – 58 episodes|
|1997–1998||Thief Takers||DC Lucy McCarthy||Series 3 – 8 episodes|
|1998||The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star||Fiona Johnstone||6 episodes|
|1999–2001||Bad Girls||Helen Stewart||Leading role |
Series 1–3 – 31 episodes
|2002||Judge John Deed||Carol Hayman||Series 2, Episode 7 – "Abuse of Power" |
Series 2, Episode 8 – "Nobody's Fool"
|2003||Family||Jacqueline Cutler||TV mini-series|
|2004||Fallen||DCI Kate Gunning||Television film|
|2004||Monarch of the Glen||Isobel Anderson||Series 6 – 10 episodes|
|2005||Heartless||Amanda MacNaughton||Television film|
|2006–2008||Wire in the Blood||DI Alex Fielding||Series 4–6 – 17 episodes|
|2010||Single-Handed||Gemma Burge||Series 4 – 6 episodes|
|2012||New Tricks||Sarah Powell||Series 9, Episode 7 "Dead Poets"|
|2012||Downton Abbey||Wilkins||Christmas Special: "A Journey to the Highlands"|
|2015||Crossing Lines||Emma Pacetti||Series – 1 Episode|
|2015||Da Vinci's Demons||Laura Cereta||Series – 8 Episodes|
|2017||The Loch||Mhari Toner||Series – 5 of 6 Episodes|
|2019||A Confession||Debbie O'Callaghan||Series – 5 of 6 Episodes|
|2020–2021||EastEnders||Katy Lewis||Series regular|
- Additional credits
- Long Haul (2000 short film)
- Call Me ... Holly (2004 short film)
- Ark (2008 short film)
- Zip 'n Zoo ... Marion (2008 short film)
- The Other Side of My Sleep ... Maria (2010 short film)
- Divinity: Dragon Commander ... Aida (2013 video game)
- As He Lay Falling ... Bronte (2014 short film)
- Flicker and Go Out ... Lesley Parsons (2019 short film)
- Dark Road ... Aileen (2019 short film)
- Family Tree ...Jackie (2019 short film)
- Baby Dear ...Mother (2019 short film)
- "Simone Lahbib Net – Online since 2001, Official site for Simone Lahbib, Scottish Actress". Simonelahbib.net. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "EXCLUSIVE: TV STAR'S JOY AT BEING A MUM AT 41". Daily Mirror. 8 October 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
- "University drama turns into a crisis". The Scotsman. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Actress Simone Lahbib and 1980s scenesters relive wild youth in Innes Reekie photo book". The Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "London Bridge TV soap released on DVD". London SE1. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Live Chat: Simone Lahbib". BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "EastEnders features "Bad Girls reunion" as Simone Lahbib joins the cast". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Wire in the Blood star Simone Lahbib on her biggest fan". Daily Record. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Simone Lahbib". TV Guide. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Transference: A Bipolar Love Story". British Council Film. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Meet The Team". London Arts Academy. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "EastEnders casts Bad Girls star for new Carters storyline". Digital Spy. 23 September 2020.
- "EastEnders star Simone Lahbib reveals challenges of playing evil Katy Lewis". Digital Spy. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
- "Back brave Eilidh's lasting legacy". Stirling Observer. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012.