Sonja Sohn is an American actress cum director who is best recognized for playing Detective Kima Greggs on HBO’s ‘The Wire’ and Detective Samantha Baker on ABC’s ‘Body of Proof’. Besides these, she is also known for her starring role in the 1998 independent flick ‘Slam’, which she co-wrote. Born to a Korean-American mother and an African-American father, she was exposed to different cultures as a young girl. Sohn attended Warwick High School where she was active as a cheerleader. She then went on to study English at the prestigious Brooklyn College where she began writing poetry. Besides being an actress, director and writer, Sohn has been involved in politics since 2008 and has focused on several social issues. Behind the screen, she is a loving mother of two daughters. Once married to the Australian-born composer Adam Plack, she is currently single.
Sonja Sohn started her career as a slam poet. While performing her poetry in a theatre, she was spotted by director Marc Levin who gave her a role in his 1998 film ‘Slam’. She also co-wrote the movie and went on to earn appreciation for her performance. This was followed by her role of Kanita in Martin Scorsese's drama film 'Bringing Out the Dead' alongside Nicolas Cage, John Goodman and Patricia Arquette.
The new millennium saw the actress performing in the film ‘Shaft’. The action thriller garnered generally favorable reviews and opened at the #1 position at the box office.
Following her appearance in the movie ‘Perfume’ in 2001,Sohn joined the cast of 'The Wire' as Detective Shakima 'Kima' Greggs. The crime drama premiered on HBO and ran for 56 episodes. In 2002, she starred in ‘G’, a drama film about a music mogul who strives to win back his estranged lover.
In 2006 and 2007, Sohn starred in a recurring role in the police procedural series ‘Cold Case’. In 2008, she did the dance film ‘Step Up 2: The Streets’. That year, she also began playing Trish Evans in the sitcom ‘Brothers & Sisters.’ The actress was cast as Sonya Rucker in the series ‘The Good Wife’ in 2010 and as Samantha Baker in ‘Body of Proof,’ a medical drama series that ran from 2011 to 2012 on the channel ABC. In 2012, she appeared in ‘Burn Notice’ as Agent Olivia Riley.
From 2014 to 2015, Sohn played the role of Lenore/Esther in the series ‘The Originals’. During this time, she also starred as Franny in ‘The Missing Girl’, a film that follows a comic book store owner who hires a graphic novel artist striving to get a big break in the world of comics. In 2016, she featured in the dramas ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Shut Eye’. A year later, Sohn directed the documentary ‘Baltimore Rising’. This was followed by her acting role in the sitcom ‘The Chi’. In 2019, the talented actress starred in the web TV series 'Star Trek: Discovery’ as well as the sports drama flick 'High Flying Bird.'
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Family & Personal Life
Sonja Sohn was born as Sonja Williams on May 9, 1964, in Fort Benning, Georgia, USA. She studied at Warwick High School. Later, she graduated from Brooklyn College where she studied English.
She has two daughters, Sophia and Sakira. In 2003, she married Australian-born composer cum producer Adam Plack. The couple divorced in 2011.