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March 30th 2018

Rain Stops Play

 

Tara Fitzgerald, Imogen Waterhouse, Joe McGAnn and Sharon Maughan are confirmed to star in Rain Stops Play the directorial debut from Mika Simmons.

 

A modern day comedy of errors, this short film addresses the key issues of mistaken identity, sex texting and female ageism. Although we see the world from a male perspective, through our protagonist Adam - it is a story for a female audience. The themes are searingly relevant right now after the recent Weinstein exposure.

 

The basic action is a portrayal of a man in mid-life who falls into an extreme fantasy about a younger woman, Alice. The story exposes a husband and father whose mid-life crisis and desperate quest for something other backfires.

 

Read more; 

 

 

Tuesday 26th January 2018

Us Among The Stones

 

Us Among the Stones is the second feature by Best British Director nominee D R Hood after aclaimed debut Wreckers with Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy.

 

The Withnail generation had children. Owen, Rose and Danny gather in the mysterious house of their childhood to celebrate their Mother, Marianne's last birthday. Marianne, a star-let in her youth (at least in her own mind) fights to keep them all in her power. They slaughter a pig and prepare for battle .....

 

Us Among the Stones will be released in 2019 with Mika Simmons as Rose, Laurence Fox as Owen and Annie Calder MArshall playing Marianne.

 

 

Thursday 22nd February 2017

Lancome Powerful Women Campaign 

 

In Febraury 2017 Mika joined 39 other women celebrated by Lancome in a campaign dedciated to powerful women. All the images were used in their original formatt with no retouching. 

 

Glossy images of impossibly perfect women dominate our magazines, television screens and social media feeds.

Each has been forensically examined and carefully edited, creating a warped idea of how women are 'supposed' to look. But this new campaign challenges those unattainable ideals. Forty-seven women - each a pioneer in their chosen field - showed off their natural beauty in a series of unretouched portraits for Lancôme. While many wore make-up, they proudly flaunted every wrinkle, blemish and double chin - the sorts of 'flaws' that would usually be erased from their face with Photoshop. However each is a woman of substance who has contributed to her industry and is distinguished in her craft. 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4249752/Stunning-unretouched-portraits-Lanc-beauty-campaign.html#ixzz4cAaYh1Y7 

 

 

Saturday 20th February 2016

Balcony Short wins at Berlinale

 

Balcony picks up a coveted Crystal Bear for the London Calling Plus short film at the Berlin Film Festival.

 

In an ostensibly classic tale of a friendship between two girls who come from different cultures, this film succeeds in astounding the viewer through its sophisticated dramaturgy. The story holds a mirror up to a society still plagued by persistent clichés, a mirror that in the end also forces the audience to face their own prejudices. Provocative and full of strong imagery, this production also manages at the same time to make our current challenges clear.

 

With Charlotte Beaumont, Noni Harrison, Simon Meacock and Mika Simmons.

 

http://filmlondon.org.uk/balcony

 

 

 

Thursday 14th January 2016

Chopard Chairwoman’s Club Gala

 

London’s most influential women gathered to raise vital funds for Gynaecological Cancer Fund at Claridge’s London. Caroline Scheufele (Honorary Chairwoman), Sarah Duchess of York (President), Naomi Harris, Kelly Hoppen, Heather Kerzner, Yasmin Mills, Elizabeth Murdoch, Melissa Odabash, Jenny Halpern Prince, Mika Simmons, Tamara Beckwith Veroni, Yasmin Le Bon, Elizabeth Saltsman, Andrea Wong, Trinny Woodall, Kirsty Bertarelli, Chloe Delevingne, Astrid Harbord and Joanna Lumley were just some of the names in attendance. 

 

The ladies drank Lauren Perrier Champagne and were serenaded by the handsome James Blunt while raising money to help beat gynaecological cancers. The girls had fun with a quiz written by Mika Simmons aptly named “Mistress Mind” and there was a very handsome male super model on tap for every table to keep the ladies feeling super special… 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3400076/Stylish-Trinny-Woodall-works-silver-sequin-blouse-chic-flared-trousers-joins-Yasmin-Le-Bon-glamorous-charity-soiree.html

 

 

 

 

Friday 27th November 2015

Gala performance of Bend It Like Beckham The Musical

 

The gala performance of Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical in aid of the Gynaecological Cancer Fund Lady Garden campaign. The evening, supported by oriental restaurant chain Ping Pong, was the brainchild of the committee behind the Gynae Cancer Fund – including Chloe Delevingne, PR guru Jenny Halpern, actress Mika Simmons, Tamara Beckwith and Astrid Harbord. Attendees at the event included Nicholas Pinnock, Natalie Pinkham, Tina Hobley and Amy Jackson.

 

 

 

Thursday 10th September 2015

Dragon Age Interview with Bioware 

 

Exclusive interview with Mika Simmons, the voice of many characters in Dragon Age, most notably Queen Anora.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9or0tqC67ws

 

Balcony selected for London Calling at the BFI London Film Festival © Toby Fell-Holden

 

 

Friday 4th September 2015

London Calling chooses 'Balcony' for premiere at BFI London Film Festival

 

'Balcony' a short film by Toby Fell-Holden with Charlotte Beaumont, Genevieve Dunne and Mika Simmons has been chosen for special selecion to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival London Calling in October.

 

London Calling is a selection of new short films from some of the capaital's most exciting upcoming filmmakers, suported by Film London's prodcuction schemes.

 

Tickets are for Balcony at BFI London Film Festival will be on sale from Saturday 19th September. 

 

Thursday 15th October 9pm

Saturday 17th October 6.15pm

 

 

Astrid Harbord, Chloe Delevignge, Mika Simmons, Clare & Tamara Beckwith at the Lady Garden x Topshop launch 3rd September 2015 © Topshop

 

 

 

Wednesday 2nd September

Huffington Post

 

 

Lady Garden Jumpers Hold an Important Message about Women's Health

 

If you're a dedicated follower of celeb-ville, then you might have clapped eyes on the Lady Garden jumpers currently being sported by the likes of Ellie Goulding and Cara Delevingne on social media. But while you might think it's a little bit naughty to wear a top which basically exclaims "vagina" across your chest, the story behind it is not to be sniffed at. And ultimately it could save lives. The motif jumpers have been released by the Gynaecological Cancer Fund as part of their #LadyGardenCampaign to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers.

 

The sweaters come in response to research from a leading female cancer charity that showed nearly a third of women aged 16 to 35 are too embarrassed to go to the doctor with gynaecological concerns. Out of 1,000 women surveyed, a startling 65% felt uncomfortable using the word "vagina".

 

The Gynaecological Cancer Fund, which was launched by actress Mika Simmons and a group of female friends (Tamara Beckwith, Jenny Halpern, Astrid Harbord and Chloe Delevingne), aims to raise both funds and awareness for gynaecological cancers.

 

They also launched the Silent No More project which hopes to get more women talking about their vaginas.

The issue is close to Simmons' heart as she lost her mother, 54, to ovarian cancer when she was just 26 years old. This, she says, was totally devastating and "changed her life forever". "

 

It’s likely she’d had recurring symptoms for up to two years before she was diagnosed but she just ignored them," Simmons tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. "Possibly because that area of the body is constantly changing - but a huge factor was also that she didn’t talk to anyone about it.

 

"Either way - by the time she was diagnosed she was already Stage 4 and died 9 months later. Since then I've always wondered, if she'd had more awareness would she be alive today?”  Simmons says that she can't help change that, but she can help other women experiencing gynaecological cancers, which are known as the "Silent Killers".

 

To read the full article follow this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/02/lady-garden-jumpers-womens-health_n_8075820.html

 

Mika Simmons attends the Lady Garden x Topshop launch 3rd September 2015 © Dave Benett

 

 

Tuesday 1st September 

Women's Health

 

A new campaign is asking what you call yours, along with launching the 'Lady Garden' sweatshirt in Topshop #LadyGardenCampaign

 

‘We wanted to collaborate with Topshop because you think the younger generation would be more confident, but they’re not,’ Simmons told us. To build this confidence Simmons, along with her campaign co-horts, Jenny Halpern, CEO of Halpern PR and Tamara Beckwith, TV personality and the campaign girls have publicly outed their nicknames.

 

'Amber Le Bon said “Foo Fi”; Anouska Beckwith said “Woo Woo” which is what her Mum Tamara and Grandmother called it; Chloe Delevingne calls hers “NuNu"; Mika Simmons’s is a “Front Bottom”; while Astrid Harbord’s is a “Noo Noo”; We love Jazzy de Lisser’s Jamaican “Pom Pom”. But Anais Gallagher stole the day - she doesn’t have a nickname at all - she just calls it …... “Vagina”.'

 

Although, now united they call it "Lady Garden".

 

Read more: http://www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/health/female-health/3723/lady-garden-gynaecological-cancer-fund-topshop-sweatshirts#ixzz3ktMTTirw

 

Anais Gallagher official Lady Garden Campaign image © Amelia Troubridge

 

 

Sunday 30th August 2015

ST Style Magazine

 

 

Pussy Riot

 

The Delevingnes call theirs “nou nou”, and in the Le Bon household it’s “fou fou”. Chloe Delevingne and her friend Astrid Harbord agree that most of their friends will go topless in front of each other, but “not the whole lot. And if we do talk about ‘it’, it’s after a few drinks.”

 

Two-thirds of young women find saying the word ‘vagina’ embarrassing. To break the taboo, a new campaign is asking - what do you call yours?

 

Delevingne and friends have gathered together at Grace Belgravia, a private members’ club for women, to support a new campaign, Lady Garden, from the Gynaecological Cancer Fund — a charity founded by the actress Mika Simmons, PR Boss Jenny Halpern and sisters Clare and Tamara Beckwith. Delevingne and Harbord amongst other women on the committee. 

 

Kick starting Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, the campaign aims to raise awareness among young women about gynaecological cancer and the symptoms. These cancers - currently known as silent killers as they are often diagnosed too late - can be reduced radically in the generations to come if young women look out for the symptoms and are brave enough to talk about their bodies more. 

 

To read the full article, follow this link:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/fashion/trends/article1597913.ece

Mika Simmons join the cast of Balcony © Toby Fell-Holden

 

 

Monday 18th May 2015

Mika Simmons joins cast of 'Balcony'

 

‘Balcony’ is a fim written and directed by Toby Fell-Holden, whose last film 'Little Shadow’, was long listed by BAFTA and nominated by the Casting Society of America. He also wrote french-language short ‘Subordinate’, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2014 and he is a Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab finalist.

 

Funded through Film London’s London Calling Plus Award, the film is set on a deprived and racially tense council estate somewhere in London. The story focuses on the relationship between teenagers Tina (Charlotte Beaumont) and Dana, where Tina proves to be the most unreliable of narrators. Tina's mother Kate (Mika Simmons) is a submissive and easily led housewife, who is too wrapped up in her new husband to notice what’s off in her own household.

 

http://www.screendaily.com/news/film-london-names-short-film-fund-winners/5083930.article

 

Information on Balcony:

 

http://www.balconyshortfilm.com

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4557242/combined

 

 

Set shot of Mika Simmons, Sasha White and Mark Frost © Paul Wyett / Pimlico Films

 

June 2015

Filming starts on Pimlico Films trilogy 'Westminster Girls'

 

Westminster Girls is the first part of a trilogy of short films being made by Pimlico Films. Writen and Directed by actor Paul Wyett it stars Mika Simmons, Mark Frost and Albie Marber.

 

 

Information on Westminster Girls or the Pimlico Films trilogy:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4794246/combined

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: John Phillips © Getty Images Nicholas Pinnock and Mika Simmons attend the South Bank Sky Arts Awards at The Savoy Hotel on June 7, 2015 in London, England

 

 

Sunday 7th June 2015

The South Bank Sky Arts Award

 

Mika Simmons attends The South Bank Sky Arts Awards Sunday June 7th 2015. The awards are one of the worlds most coveted arts awards, celebrating the best of British culture and achievement across visual art, theatre, opera, dance, comedy, classical music, pop, TV drama, literature, and film. This years winners included FKA Twigs, Micheal Winterbottom and Steve Coogan for A Trip to Italy. The award for outstanding acheivement was awrded to the invinsible Sylvie Guillem.

 

 

To read more about Sky Arts Awards 2105 winners, follow this link:

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/south-bank-awards/article/2015-nominations

 

 

 

 

The Mail on Sunday, You Magazine

 

 

Sunday 11th January 2015

You Magazine, Mail on Sunday

 

At first glance, Mika Simmons and Dr Susana Banerjee would not appear to have a great deal in common. One is an actress and playwright; the other is a leading medical oncologist at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital. Mika is known for her roles in a diverse range of television dramas; Dr Banerjee’s working days are spent managing the care of more than 1,000 cancer patients and also conducting pioneering research, for which she has won several awards.

 

But Dr Banerjee and Mika happen to be neighbours – their flats occupy the second floor of the same period town house in West London. And some time ago, during a chance encounter on the landing, they struck up a conversation that has proved to be the catalyst for a firm friendship – and more than that, a powerful alliance.

 

As Mika recalls, it was mid-morning and she had just returned from the gym. ‘Susana was on her way out and she looked at me guiltily and said she knew that she needed to get to the gym, too, but she’d been too busy finishing her PhD on breast cancer. I told her my mum had died of ovarian cancer and she said that was what she was going to work on next – it was what she wanted to spend her life doing. And in that moment, something between us clicked.’

My mum died of a disease that is known as the silent killer 


To read the full article, follow this link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2913303/How-two-women-united-fight-gynaecological-cancer.html#ixzz3fxeAMGtB

 

 

 

 

Mika Simmons plays Queen Anora in Dragon Age: Inquisition

 

 

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Mika Simmons confirms she will reprise her role as Queen Anora in Dragon Age: Inquistions

 

Mika Simmons confirmed on Twitter that she will indeed reprise her role as Queen Anora in the upcoming game Dragon Age: Inquisition. 

 

Fans speculated that the character would make a return in the third game when they saw that Dragon Age: Inquisition was listed as one of her projects this year in IMDB. Thankfully, someone was able to ask Simmons on Twitter if she was really returning as Queen Anora.

 

Queen Anora was featured in Dragon Age: Origins and its expansion Awakening. She can either be an ally or an antagonist in the game depending on the player's choices. Hopefully, we'll get to see a substantial amount of her in the third game. 

 

To read the full article, follow this link:

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/22654/article/anora-returning-in-dragon-age-3-inquisition/

 

 

Queen Anora, Ruler of Ferelden - Dragon Age: Origins, Awakenings and Inquisition

 

 

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Japanese gaming Website all213.net anticpates Queen Anora's return

 

 

龙腾世纪3:审判》大量起源角色回归 女王阿诺拉确认登场

 

游侠导读】著名演员米卡·西蒙斯(Mika Simmons)已在其推特中证实,她将会出演《龙腾世纪3:审判》中的女王阿诺拉,这也从侧面反映了阿诺拉将重返《龙腾世纪3:审判》。

之前就有玩家们推测,《龙腾世纪3:审判》将有大量前作角色得到回归。而就在最近,著名演员米卡·西蒙斯(Mika Simmons)已在其推特中证实,她将会出演《龙腾世纪3:审判》中的女王阿诺拉,这也从侧面反映了阿诺拉将重返《龙腾世纪3:审判》

 

游侠网

  

当有人在推特上问到西蒙斯,她是否真的会扮演女王阿诺拉时,西蒙斯说道:“是的,就是女王没错!让我们一起体验2014年的《龙腾世纪3:审判》吧!”,其相关原文如下:

 

游侠网

  

女王/王后/修女(视龙腾世纪:起源结局而定)阿诺拉曾在《龙腾世纪:起源》及其扩展包《觉醒》中出现。她既可以成为主角的一位盟友,也可以成为游戏中的一位大反派,这些都会根据玩家的选择而发生变化。我们也衷心希望,玩家能够在这部新作中看到她大放光彩。

  

《龙腾世纪3:审判》将于今年10月7日登陆PC、PS3、Xbox360、PS4和Xbox One,敬请期待。

 

更多相关资讯请关注:龙腾世纪3:审判专题

 

To read the full article, follow this link:

http://www.ali213.net/news/html/2014-6/107429.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gynaecological Cancer Fund Co-founders - actress Mika Simmons with Tamara Beckwith (C) and Astrid Harbord (L)

 

 

Monday 3rd March 2014

Halpern Hotlist

 

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and with only 3% of women confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer, there is a vital need to raise awareness. 


Jenny Halpern along with a handful of friends – Tamara and Clare Beckwith, actress Mika Simmons, founder of Grace Belgravia Kate Percival, society PR Astrid Harbord and Chloe Delevingne – are launching a groundbreaking campaign to help raise funds and awareness of gynaecological cancers. 
All involved have a family member or friend who has been affected, which is why they are setting up a campaign. Key here is awareness - which is shockingly bad. Women have often had symptoms for a long time, like a bloated stomach or abdominal pain in the case of ovarian cancer, but not known how to bring it up in conversation because it is in an area of the body that many women feel embarrassed about, so it can be overlooked.

 

Money raised by the campaign will be donated to The Royal Marsden to support radical research by consultant medical oncologist Dr Susana Banerjee. The research aims to deliver personalised treatment to women suffering from gynaecological cancers by making it possible to create a genetic fingerprint of every patient’s individual cancer cells. This work of Dr Susana Banerjee’s team at The Royal Marsden will enable a profound change in how women’s cancers are treated on local, national and international levels.


To read the full article, follow this link:

http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=111244f92f00d7ec862d047f6&id=3dddabe790&e=369a309879

 

 

 

 

You Once Said Yes: This award-winning experimential show takes ausdiences on a one-on-one journey accross the Scottish capital

 

Rosie Bannister | Edinburgh | 14 Aug 2013

 

You Once Said Yes, Look Left Look Right's immersive show that won a Fringe First and Total Theatre Award in 2011 when it premiered at festival, has returned this year for a limited run.

 

A one-on-one experience, the action takes place around the streets of Edinburgh, starting at the Underbelly box office and weaving through alleys, parks, the Royal Mile and even a bingo hall and provides a magical afternoon.

 

The premise is fairly simple; your journey will continue if you keep saying yes. But do you have to? I found myself agreeing to all sorts of things that I never normally would, and happily got into a car with a stranger just because he knew my name (something I wouldn't recommend).

Along the way you're met by various characters including a criminal on the way to a heist (should probably not have agreed to help out with that one), a clown, a mother seeking some peace and someone to listen, a corporate banker-turned gardener, a rather needy date and a businessman wanting help kicking some old dears out of a bingo hall and turning it into a strip club.

 

This show is definitely not for everyone. If you don't like interacting with the performers it's not for you. But it's wonderfully done, and I found myself confessing all sorts of things. The part in the cathedral with Emily (Mika Simmons) is truly touching, and I actually felt my heart race when confronted by an undercover police officer (definitely shouldn't have got in that car...).

 

Wandering along waiting for the next person to start talking to you is exciting - convinced that everyone I saw was going to be the next actor, I almost signed up to Greenpeace thinking it was part of the show. The ending brings a lovely touch to the proceedings: I would heartily recommend taking the plunge and saying yes.

 

To read the full review, follow this link:

http://www.whatsonstage.com/edinburgh-theatre/reviews/08-2013/you-once-said-yes-edinburgh-fringe_31647.html

 

 

 

 

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