Sonya Walger Biography

Sonya Walger is a British-American actress best known for her role in the ABC drama series 'Lost'. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: June 6, 1974

Nationality: American, British

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Gemini

Born Country: England

Born in: Hampstead, London

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Davey Holmes (m. 2009)

children: Billie Rosie Holmes, Jake Holmes

City: London, England

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education: University of Oxford, Wycombe Abbey, Christ Church

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Sonya Walger is a British-American actress best known for her role as Penelope 'Penny' Widmore in the ABC drama series 'Lost'. She previously had starring roles in the short-lived sitcoms 'The Mind of the Married Man' and 'Coupling', and had recurring roles in 'Goodnight Sweetheart', 'CSI: NY', and 'Sleeper Cell'. Later in her career, she had main roles in various television series including 'Tell Me You Love Me', 'FlashForward', 'Common Law' and 'The Catch'. She also appeared on several episodes of series such as 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles', 'In Treatment', 'Parenthood', 'Power' and 'Get Shorty'. Other notable series she made guest appearances on include 'Heat of the Sun', 'The Vice', 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', 'Scandal', and 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders'. Her few film roles were in 'Eisenstein', 'The Factory', 'Admission', 'The Escort', 'Summer of 8', 'Anon', 'Then Came You' and 'Clementine', and telefilms like 'All the King's Men' and 'The Librarian: Quest for the Spear'. She also translates Argentinean-Spanish plays into English.

  • Sonya Walger discovered her love for acting while she was studying at Oxford University. She began her acting career with a guest role in an episode of the ITV crime series 'Midsomer Murders' in 1998. The same year, she played the daughter of newspaper magnate Max Van der Vuurst, Hilde, in one episode of the series 'Heat of the Sun' and appeared in the series 'Mosley'.
  • In 1999, she got the recurring role of Flic in the BBC 1 sitcom 'Goodnight Sweetheart', appeared in two episodes of 'The Vice' and played Miriam in the miniseries 'Noah's Ark'. That year she also acted in the feature-length telefilm 'All the King's Men'. She made her film debut in the biographical drama 'Eisenstein' in 2000. The following year, she moved to United States and appeared as Donna Barnes on the HBO comedy series 'The Mind of the Married Man'. After the series was cancelled two years later, she bagged the role of Sally Harper in the raunchy NBC comedy series 'Coupling', which was based on a British sitcom. While this series was also short-lived, it helped her gain recognition among the American audience.
  • In 2004, she earned a nomination for the 'Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television' for her role in the TNT television film, 'The Librarian: Quest for the Spear'. She next had recurring roles in the series 'CSI: NY' and 'Sleeper Cell'. In 2006, she landed the biggest role of her career, that of Penny Widmore, in the ABC drama series 'Lost', which she portrayed until the series ended in 2010. Penny was made a main character in the series finale. She earned another 'Saturn Award' nomination in 2009 for her performance in the role.
  • In 2007, Sonya Walger appeared as Charlotte Cushing, David Frost's then-girlfriend, in the original Broadway production of 'Frost/Nixon'. The same year, she starred in the controversial HBO series 'Tell Me You Love Me' which gained notoriety for its extremely realistic sex scenes and was cancelled after the first season. In 2008, she acted in the telefilm 'Sweet Nothing in My Ear' and played a recurring role in the series 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'. She played the main role of surgeon Dr. Olivia Benford on the ABC series 'FlashForward' in 2009-10 and appeared as Julia in three episodes of the HBO drama series 'In Treatment', in 2010.
  • In 2012, she acted in the direct-to-video crime thriller 'The Factory' and became a series regular in the short-lived comedy drama series 'Common Law'. She had recurring roles on the NBC drama series 'Parenthood' in 2013-14 and in the crime-drama series 'Power' in 2014-15. Also in 2013, she had a short role in the romantic comedy-drama 'Admission', and since then has regularly appeared in films such as 'The Escort', 'Summer of 8', 'Anon', 'Then Came You' and 'Clementine'. Most recently, she played the regular role of Margot Bishop in the ABC series 'The Catch' and also had a recurring role in the series 'Get Shorty'.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Sonya Walger was born on June 6, 1974, in Hampstead, London, United Kingdom. She was born to a British mother and an Argentine father, and can speak both English and Spanish fluently. She can speak French as well. She attended the independent Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, before studying English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford University.
  • Walger, who spent most of her acting career in the US, became an American citizen on May 23, 2013.
  • Sonya Walger married screenwriter and producer Davey Holmes in July 2009 at a low-key ceremony attended by 100 guests. They welcomed their first child, daughter Billie Rosie Holmes, on February 14, 2013. She later gave birth to a boy named Jake Holmes in 2015.

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