Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Birthday: January 19
Simone Missick made history for her powerful and extraordinary portrayal in Marvel’s “Luke Cage” as TV’s first black female superhero, Misty Knight, and has captivated audiences ever since. Touted as the show’s “breakout star,” Missick was featured as one of People magazine’s “Ones to Watch” prior to the first season premiere. She continued to portray this impactful character in other shows, such as “The Defenders” and “Iron Fist.”
Simone’s other television appearances include CBS All Access’ TELL ME A STORY, the political thriller “Scandal,” “Wayward Pines” and SHOWTIME’s crime drama RAY DONOVAN. Also, she starred in the comedy short “Voicemail,” for which she was nominated for the Best Actor Award at the NBC Universal Shorts Festival. Later this year, Simone will star in the second season of the series “Altered Carbon,” opposite Anthony Mackie.
Previously, Simone filmed the lead in the independent film “Jinn,” directed by Nijla Mumin, which premiered at SXSW Festival in 2018. The film tells the deeply intimate and timely story of a woman who converts to Islam and how this affects her family dynamic.
Outside of film and television, Simone’s impressive theater work includes the Signature’s “Paradise Blue,” written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Center Theatre Group’s “Citizen: An American Lyric.” Based on a book of poetry by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, “Citizen” fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image in a provocative stage adaptation. Also, Missick starred as Sweet Tea in “The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry” at the L.A. Theatre Center, which earned her an NAACP Theater Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2014.
Simone lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Dorian Missick, and pup, Charlie. Her birthday is Jan. 19. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SimoneMissick.