Simone-Élise Girard grew up in the picturesque suburbs of Montreal with two sisters, an engineer father and a mother very involved in volunteering who also had a passion for politics. Simone-Élise always knew she wanted to be an actress.
At a young age, Simone-Élise discovered her desire to dance. She received a scholarship for Classical Dance at Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. After dancing through out her teenage years, she pursued her educational studies at the prestigious College Jean-de-Brébeuf, in Montreal. Upon receiving her degree in Human Sciences, she enrolled in The Liberal Arts College at Concordia University, also in Montreal.
Simone-Élise wanted to see the world and expand her horizons. She traveled to France, Italy, England, Holland and Belgium. When she returned to Canada she committed to her one true passion, acting. She trained with the most prestigious teachers in Quebec, New-York and Paris.
Since then, she has starred in more than 50 productions in major roles in Quebec, Canadian and American films and TV series. Most notably in the Oscar winner “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “E.R” as Gillian Ronin and as Catharina Bannier in “Shattered Glass.”
Over the past 3 years she has been portraying 2 lead roles in 2 of the most popular TV shows in Quebec: Judith Carpentier in the award winning and critically acclaimed Quebec series “Unité 9” and as Frédérique Argentier in the multiple Gémaux Award winning series “O.”
In 2016 she will be starring as Béatrice in filmmaker Denis Côté’s ninth film, “Boris sans Béatrice,” also as Chef Charlotte in the US Indie Film “Succulent & Savory,” directed, written and produced by Jasmine O’Donnell. “Boris sans Béatrice” is in the Official Competition at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in February 2016.
Simone-Élise divides her time between Montreal and Los Angeles and lives with her son Gabriel.