Simone Ashley to open the 63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Simone Ashley to open the 63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival
The 63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival has chosen Simone Ashley as this year's recipient of The International Golden Nymph for Most Promising Talent.  Simone will present the Opening Ceremony of the Festival on Friday, 14 June.

British actress Simone Ashley is known for portraying Kate Sharma, the female lead of season two of the highly successful TV series Bridgerton. The show is based on the work of author Julia Quinn and is written and directed by Shonda Rhimes. Produced by Netflix, the series has been a worldwide sensation. Fans can look forward to Bridgeton’s season three premiere next month where Simone will reprise her role.

After season two, Simone was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 (600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders, and stars) and featured in the Time100 Next list (the emerging leaders from around the world who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership).

Simone recently appeared in Disney’s live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid, as Ariel’s sister, Indira. She also voices Rose in GFM Animation’s animated feature film, 10 Lives. Next, Ashley will helm Amazon Prime Video’s original romantic-comedy Picture This and lead independent film This Tempting Madness.

Prior to her breakout moment, Ashley was best known for her role as Olivia in the highly praised television series Sex Education.

Cécile Menoni, Executive Director of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, comments, ”We are extremely proud to have created a special award at our Festival to highlight a new talent on the international stage. Simone shot to global fame in Shonda Rhimes’ hit show Bridgerton on Netflix and her exceptional screen presence makes her a very worthy winner. We are very much looking forward to her arrival on the Red Carpet at our Opening Ceremony in June and to celebrating her success with her many fans.”

The unique prize of the International Golden Nymph for Most Promising Talent joins two other special distinction awards – the Crystal Nymph and the Honorary Golden Nymph – which recognise outstanding personalities in the international television and entertainment industry.