Shenae Grimes

Shenae Grimes-Beech[1] (/ʃəˈn/; born October 24, 1989[2]), previously credited 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.

Shenae Grimes
Grimes in April 2009
Born (1989-10-24) October 24, 1989
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesShenae Grimes-Beech
Years active2004–present
(m. 2013)

Early life

Grimes was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. She interned at Toronto's Fashion Television as part of her high school education.[3] 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.[4] She also appeared in a music video for rock band Our Lady Peace's single "All You Did Was Save My Life".[5]

Grimes appears in the 2010 silent fashion short film Unzipped.[6] She wrote and directed a 2010 music video for her song "Myself and I". She also participated in YouTuber Freddie Wong's video "Gun Size Matters".[7] She made a cameo in the horror film Scream 4, released in April 2011.[8]

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.[9] Grimes was caught up in Japan due to the events of the tsunami and earthquake. According to the actress, she was at Buddha's temple at the time when the earthquakes first occurred.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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 In 2013, Grimes starred in the film Sugar about a runaway girl living on the streets of Venice, Los Angeles.

In 2018, Grimes began playing homicide detective Jacqueline Cooper on CTV's police drama The Detail; the role marks her first time playing an adult character.[13]

Other projects

Grimes has graced the covers of numerous fashion magazines, including US's Nylon, Vervegirl, Saturday Night Magazine, Teen Prom and Dirrty Glam. She also modeled for Teen Vogue and Complex.[14] She has appeared in television commercials for Coffee Crisp.

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.[15] 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.[16]

Personal life

Grimes began dating British model and musician Josh Beech in May 2012. In December 2012, after nine months of dating, Grimes announced that she and Beech were engaged.[17] They were married on May 10, 2013 in Ashford, Kent, England.[18][19] In May 2018, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child;[20] their daughter was born in September 2018.[21] On December 20, 2019, Grimes announced on her Instagram page that she had become an American citizen, and now holds dual Canadian-American citizenship.[22] Grimes is an atheist.[23]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Cross Road Bridget
2009 Dead Like Me: Life After Death Jennifer Hardick Direct-to-video film
2011 Scream 4 Trudie
2013 Empire State Eleni
2013 Sugar Sugar
2017 Blood Honey Jenibel Heath
2018 The Rake Ashley
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
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[24]
2005 Shania: A Life in Eight Albums Teenage Shania Twain Television film
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 Hallmark Movie
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
Music video roles
Year Title Artist Notes
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

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
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 [25]
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 [26]
2008 Monaco International Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast
(Shared with: Tommy Lioutas, Garen Boyajian, Bruce Gooch and Sean O'Neill)
The Cross Road Won [27]
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer 90210 Nominated [28]


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