Grimes in April 2009
|Born||(1989-10-24) October 24, 1989|
|Other names||Shenae Grimes-Beech|
Josh Beech (m. 2013)
Shenae Grimes-Beech (/ʃəˈneɪ/; born October 24, 1989), credited for most of her career as Shenae Grimes, is a Canadian actress. She portrayed Annie Wilson on 90210, a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. Prior to that, she had a recurring role on the television series Naturally, Sadie, and played Darcy Edwards on Degrassi: The Next Generation for four seasons.
Grimes was born in Toronto, Ontario. She has three siblings, Aiden, Liam and Maya. She attended Forest Hill Public School for elementary school. She attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, along with her Degrassi co-star, Aubrey Graham (Drake). She interned at Toronto’s Fashion Television as part of her high school education. Grimes attended City Academy, a private school for her last two years of high school.
Beginning with a recurring role in 2004, Grimes became a lead character on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2006, playing the role of Darcy Edwards. In 2008, Grimes left the series and Canada after being cast as Annie Wilson in 90210, the CW’s spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210.
She also appeared in Picture This with Ashley Tisdale and with her former Degrassi: The Next Generation co-star Lauren Collins, and then in True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet alongside singer JoJo.
In 2009, Grimes was named one of the world’s most beautiful people, without makeup, by People magazine. She also appeared in a music video for rock band Our Lady Peace‘s single “All You Did Was Save My Life“.
Grimes appears in the 2010 silent fashion short film Unzipped. She wrote and directed a 2010 music video for her song “Myself and I”, which features an appearance by her 90210 co-star Ryan Eggold. She also participated in YouTuber Freddie Wong‘s video “Gun Size Matters”. She made a cameo in the horror film Scream 4, released in April 2011.
In 2011, she traveled to Japan with her 90210 costars AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Stroup to attend the Asia Girls Explosion (AGE) in Tokyo, after filming 90210’s third season finale. Grimes was caught up in Japan due to the events of the tsunami and earthquakes. According to the actress, she was at Buddha‘s temple at the time when the earthquakes first occurred. Consequently, she started a campaign called “Spread The Heart” with the aim of supporting Japan by victim relief after the events of the tsunami and earthquakes. Many celebrities joined the campaign which later became a big movement.
In May 2011, during her 90210 hiatus, she took a six-week internship at Teen Vogue in New York City. She stated that working as an editor for a fashion magazine has always been her dream. In the fall of 2011, she directed a music video for Megan and Liz‘s original song “Are You Happy Now?” to raise awareness about anti-bullying, in partnership with DoSomething.org. In 2013, Grimes starred in the film Sugar about a runaway girl living on the streets of Venice, Los Angeles.
In 2014, she became the brand ambassador for the Montreal-based Annabelle Cosmetics. As the face of the cosmetics line, she appeared in print and television advertisements to promote the products.
Grimes and husband Josh Beech started their own clothing line in 2014 called “Two Halves.” The line featured jewelry and clothes that were sold online and at the Toronto-based boutique Jonathon + Olivia.
Grimes began dating British model and musician Josh Beech in March 2012. In December 2012, after nine months of dating, Grimes announced that she and Beech were engaged. They were married on May 10, 2013 in Ashford, Kent, England. In May 2018, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child; their daughter was born in September 2018.
|2008||The Cross Road||Bridget|
|2009||Dead Like Me: Life After Death||Jennifer Hardick||Direct-to-video film|
|2017||Blood Honey||Jenibel Heath|
|2004–2008||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Darcy Edwards||Recurring role (seasons 4–5); main role (seasons 6–7); special guest star (season 8); 40 episodes|
|2005||Shania: A Life in Eight Albums||Eilleen Twain 13–16 years||Television film|
|2005||Biography||Teenage Shania Twain||Episode: “Shania Twain”|
|2005||Kevin Hill||Katie Lassman||Episode: “Sacrificial Lambs”|
|2005–2007||Naturally, Sadie||Arden Alcott||Recurring role; 15 episodes|
|2006||72 Hours: True Crime||Teenage girl||Episode: “Lust”|
|2008–2013||90210||Annie Wilson||Main role|
|2008||Picture This||Cayenne||Television film|
|2008||True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet||Marissa Dahl||Television film|
|2009||Overruled!||Abby||Uncredited; episode: “Style Conscience”|
|2010||The Hills||Herself||Episode: “Between a Rocker and a Hard Place”|
|2012||Punk’d||Herself||Episode: “Tyler the Creator”|
|2012||America’s Next Top Model||Herself||Episode: “The Girl Who Cries Home”|
|2012||Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model||Herself||Cycle 8, episode 12|
|2014||The Hazing Secret||Megan Harris||Television film|
|2015||Christmas Incorporated||Riley||Television film|
|2016||Sandra Brown’s White Hot||Sayre Hoyle||Television film|
|2016||Date with Love||Alex Allen||Television film|
|2016||Newlywed and Dead||Christine||Television film|
|2017||The Mechanics of Love||Matti Dupree||Television film|
|2017||iZombie||Piper||Episode: “Dirt Nap Time”|
|2018||The Detail||Jacqueline “Jack” Cooper||Main role|
|2009||“All You Did Was Save My Life“||Our Lady Peace||Shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada|
|2010||“Myself and I”||Shenae Grimes||Grimes’ directorial, singing and songwriting debut|
|2011||“Are You Happy Now?”||Megan & Liz||As director|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Young Artist Award||Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
(Shared with: Dalmar Abuzeid, John Bregar, Deanna Casaluce, Daniel Clark, Lauren Collins, Ryan Cooley, Marc Donato, Jake Epstein, Stacey Farber, Aubrey Graham, Jake Goldsbie, Jamie Johnston, Shane Kippel, Andrea Lewis, Mike Lobel, Miriam McDonald, Melissa McIntyre, Daniel Morrison, Adamo Ruggiero, Cassie Steele and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer)
|Degrassi: The Next Generation||Nominated|||
|2007||Gemini Award||Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series
(Episode “Eyes Without a Face” pt. 2)
|Degrassi: The Next Generation||Won|||
|2008||Monaco International Film Festival||Best Ensemble Cast
(Shared with: Tommy Lioutas, Garen Boyajian, Bruce Gooch and Sean O’Neill)
|The Cross Road||Won|||
|2010||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer||90210||Nominated|||