Mika Simmons is an award-winning film maker, actress, founder of the Lady Garden Foundation and The Happy Vagina.
Mika has worked on a diverse range of creative projects for stage and screen, including Frenchman’s Creek (ITV), Unforgotten (ITV/PBS), the BAFTA award winning Falling Apart (Ch4) and Film London’s Balcony, which won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017. Mika’s directorial debut Rain Stops Play, starring Imogen Waterhouse and Tara Fitzgerald, won the Silver Remi for Best Comedy at the Houston Film Festival, and it has been nominated at a further three festivals. Most recently, she can be seen in Dictynna Hood’s Us Among The Stones also starring Laurence Fox which was in competition at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2019.
Mika’s latest project, The Happy Vagina is a podcast showcasing a huge variety of heartfelt, honest, uplifting, fun and personal experiences. In a world where the word ‘vagina’ can feel taboo or make some feel uncomfortable, The Happy Vagina Podcast opens up a dialogue about fundamental issues, experimentation and lack of education around women’s experiences and gynaecological health; aiming not only to educate but also entertain and enlighten listeners in a supportive and empowering way. Mika possesses an unmatchable capability to relate to and understand people, and is a poised and self-assured interviewer who, when necessary, brings a great sense of fun to any interview.
In 2017 Mika was chosen as one of 40 inspirational British women to front L’Oréal Lancôme’s powerful women campaign.
Mika is also a co-founder of Mental Health Mates, a community support project started by Bryony Gordon.
RSP is an award winning production company, started by Mika Simmons which hosts a variety of creative ventures from the same platform.
In 2018, Rain Stops Play short film won Best Comedy at Houston Film Festival and was nominated for Best Comedy at the BAFTA qualifying CBFF Wales and Portobello Film Festivals; UnderWire and Fragments Film Festival in London.
In 2020 RSP productions will be releasing Breach short co-produced with Sally Humphries Productions.
Season 2 of The Happy Vagina is launching July 2020
the happy vagina
The Happy Vagina opens up a dialogue about fundamental issues, experimentation & lack of education around women’s experience and gynaecological health; aiming not only to entertain, but also educate & enlighten both male & female listeners. It doesn’t matter what gender you are, where you are from, or what your background or experience is, at some stage in their lives, everyone has found it challenging to talk about intimacy & pleasure. Asking unique & sometimes awkward questions gives guests an opportunity to articulate their distinctive opinions.