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Sonja Sohn

In this Korean name, the family name is Sohn.

Sonja Denise Plack (née Williams; born May 9, 1964), known professionally as Sonja Sohn, is an American actress, activist and filmmaker, best known for portraying Baltimore detective Kima Greggs in the HBO drama The Wire (2002–2008). She is also known for having starred in the independent film Slam, which she co-wrote, and appearing as Samantha Baker in the ABC series Body of Proof. Her role in The Wire led to her work as the leader of a Baltimore community initiative called ReWired for Change.

Sonja Sohn
Sohn at Harvard Law School in April 2011
Born
Sonja Denise Williams

(1964-05-09)May 9, 1964 (age 57)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • activist
  • filmmaker
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2003; div. 2011)​
Children2
Sonja Sohn
Hangul
손 손자
Revised RomanizationSon Sonja
McCune–ReischauerSon Sonja

Contents

Sohn was born Sonja Denise Williams in Fort Benning, Georgia. Her mother was Korean and her father was African American. Her parents met when her father was stationed in South Korea after the Korean War. She attended and graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News.

Sohn (left) with The Wire co-stars, Jamie Hector (middle) and Michael K. Williams

Before she was an actress, Sohn was a slam poet. While performing her work on stage, she was spotted by Marc Levin who offered her a role in his film Slam. She also wrote lyrics and co-wrote the script for the film. It went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival. After debuting in Slam, Sohn appeared in minor roles in films such as Shaft and Bringing Out the Dead. She also starred in independent films Perfume, G and The Killing Zone. Through the five seasons of the HBO series The Wire, she held a starring role as Detective Kima Greggs.

She struggled during the first season of The Wire and considered quitting as she had trouble recalling her lines. She has also guest-starred on many episodes of Cold Case as "Toni Halstead". She won the supporting television actress award at the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards for her character on The Wire.

She had a supporting role in the Hollywood film Step Up 2: The Streets. In 2008-09, she was a guest star in the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, and in 2010 she appeared in an episode of CBS series The Good Wife. In 2011, she was a guest star on the show Bar Karma. She played Detective Samantha Baker in the first two seasons of the medical drama television series Body of Proof with Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan, which premiered on ABC on March 29, 2011.

On May 30, 2014, it was announced that Sohn would be joining season 2 of The Originals, in a recurring role as the witch Lenore a.k.a. Esther Mikaelson.

Sohn made her directorial debut with the 2017 HBO documentary Baltimore Rising about the 2015 Baltimore protests and community organizing that arose in response to police violence.

Previously involved in political activism (she campaigned in North Carolina in support of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid), Sohn took a break from acting in 2009 to concentrate on social issues. She is the founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based reWIRED for Change, an outreach program intended to communicate with (and ultimately rehabilitate) at-risk youth involved in criminal activity.

The program is run out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and uses episodes of The Wire as a teaching tool, encouraging the participants to examine and query their lives and past actions. Other actors and writers involved with The Wire serve as board members. In 2011, she was presented with the Woman of the Year award from the Harvard Black Men's Forum.

In 2003, Sohn married didgeridoo player Adam Plack. She has two daughters born 1986 and 1990. As of 2019[update] Sohn and Plack are divorced. On July 21, 2019, Sohn was arrested in North Carolina and charged with felony possession of cocaine.

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Work June
1998 Slam Lauren Bell Also screenwriter
1999 Getting to Know You Lynn
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Kanita
2000 Shaft Alice
2001 Perfume Dandy
2002 G Shelly
2003 The Killing Zone Jennifer
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Sarah
2012 The Wire: The Musical Detective Shakima 'Kima' Greggs Short
2015 The Missing Girl Franny
2017 Domain Atlanta
2019 High Flying Bird Myra

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Bronx County N/A Television film
2002–08 The Wire Detective Shakima 'Kima' Greggs Series regular, 56 episodes
2006–07 Cold Case Toni Halstead Recurring role, 5 episodes
2008–09 Brothers & Sisters Trish Evans Recurring role, 4 episodes
2010–13 The Good Wife Sonya Rucker 2 episodes
2011 Bar Karma Lucy Borden Episode: "An Open Mind"
2011–12 Body of Proof Samantha Baker Series regular, 29 episodes
2012 Drop Dead Diva Judge Vivian Holston Episode: "Jane's Getting Married"
2012 Burn Notice Agent Olivia Riley Recurring role, 5 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lisa Carter Episode: "American Tragedy"
2014–15 The Originals Lenore / Esther Recurring role, 8 episodes
2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Police Officer Episode: "Public Defenders"
2016 Luke Cage Captain Betty Audrey Recurring role, 3 episodes
2016 Shut Eye Gabriella 5 episodes
2017 Baltimore Rising Director
2018–present The Chi Laverne Johnson 10 episodes
2019-present Star Trek: Discovery Dr. Gabrielle Burnham 8 episodes
2020 Utopia Agent Katherine Milner 3 episodes
2021 The slow hustle
Year Award Category Film or series Result
1998 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Slam Won
1998 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Slam Won
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance Slam Nominated
2005 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Wire Nominated
2008 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding Television Actress The Wire Won
2009 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Wire Nominated
  1. Maddaus, Gene (July 22, 2019). "'The Chi' Actress Sonja Sohn Arrested on Cocaine Possession Charge".
  2. Holtzclaw, Mike (October 25, 1999). "Local Actress Now Working With Big Stars". Daily Press. RetrievedApril 17, 2012.
  3. "After 'The Wire', Sonja Sohn couldn’t leave Baltimore’s troubled streets behind" Archived 2010-04-10 at the Wayback Machine Article, ReWired for Change web site
  4. Gross, Terry (March 15, 2012). "Sonja Sohn: Changing Baltimore Long After 'The Wire'". Fresh Air. NPR. RetrievedApril 17, 2012.
  5. Life Servers Sohn Well; Actress Graduated from Newport News School, Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 7, 1998, B4, by Mike Holtzclaw
  6. "Character profile - Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs". HBO. 2004. Retrieved2006-07-22.
  7. Bargiel, Nina (February 22, 2011). "Episode 103: "An Open Mind" with Sonja Sohn!". Current TV. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. RetrievedApril 16, 2012.
  8. "ABC Adds "Body of Proof", "Off the Map" to Roster". The Futon Critic. May 14, 2010. RetrievedMay 18, 2010.
  9. Tierney Bricker (May 30, 2014). "The Originals Casts The Wire Star in Witchy Season 2 Role". E!. RetrievedSeptember 5, 2014.
  10. Cohen, Sandy (July 28, 2017). "'Baltimore Rising' explores life after Freddie Gray". The Detroit News. Associated Press.
  11. Phil Zabriskie, "After 'The Wire' ended, actress Sonja Sohn couldn't leave Baltimore's troubled streets behind", Washington Post, January 27, 2012.
  12. Sonja Sohn's Road to Redemption Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine - story on Sohn's community activism with reWIRED for Change in B (Baltimore online newspaper), accessed January 1, 2010
  13. Members page reWIRED for Change, accessed January 1, 2010
  14. "Sohn honored". Boston Globe. March 29, 2011. p. G14. "The Wire" actress Sonja Sohn receives the Woman of the Year award at the Harvard Black Men's Forum 17th Annual Celebration of Black Women
  15. Brown, Sloane (November 5, 2006). "A NIGHT FOR GUYS TO BE BAD FOR GOOD". Baltimore Sun. p. 2N. RetrievedDecember 8, 2014.
  16. https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article232961197.html
  17. "Actress charged with drug possession in North Carolina". Associated Press. July 22, 2019. RetrievedJune 24, 2020.
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Sonja Sohn Article Talk Language Watch Edit In this Korean name the family name is Sohn Sonja Denise Plack nee Williams born May 9 1964 known professionally as Sonja Sohn 1 2 is an American actress activist and filmmaker best known for portraying Baltimore detective Kima Greggs in the HBO drama The Wire 2002 2008 She is also known for having starred in the independent film Slam which she co wrote and appearing as Samantha Baker in the ABC series Body of Proof Her role in The Wire led to her work as the leader of a Baltimore community initiative called ReWired for Change 3 Sonja SohnSohn at Harvard Law School in April 2011BornSonja Denise Williams 1964 05 09 May 9 1964 age 57 Fort Benning Georgia U S OccupationActressactivistfilmmakerYears active1996 presentSpouse s Adam Plack m 2003 div 2011 wbr Children2Sonja SohnHangul손 손자Revised RomanizationSon SonjaMcCune ReischauerSon Sonja Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Activism 4 Personal life 5 Filmography 5 1 Film 5 2 Television 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External linksEarly life EditSohn was born Sonja Denise Williams in Fort Benning Georgia Her mother was Korean and her father was African American Her parents met when her father was stationed in South Korea after the Korean War 4 She attended and graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News 5 Career Edit Sohn left with The Wire co stars Jamie Hector middle and Michael K Williams Before she was an actress Sohn was a slam poet While performing her work on stage she was spotted by Marc Levin who offered her a role in his film Slam She also wrote lyrics and co wrote the script for the film It went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival After debuting in Slam Sohn appeared in minor roles in films such as Shaft and Bringing Out the Dead She also starred in independent films Perfume G and The Killing Zone Through the five seasons of the HBO series The Wire she held a starring role as Detective Kima Greggs 6 She struggled during the first season of The Wire and considered quitting as she had trouble recalling her lines She has also guest starred on many episodes of Cold Case as Toni Halstead She won the supporting television actress award at the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards for her character on The Wire She had a supporting role in the Hollywood film Step Up 2 The Streets In 2008 09 she was a guest star in the ABC series Brothers amp Sisters and in 2010 she appeared in an episode of CBS series The Good Wife In 2011 she was a guest star on the show Bar Karma 7 She played Detective Samantha Baker in the first two seasons of the medical drama television series Body of Proof with Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan which premiered on ABC on March 29 2011 8 On May 30 2014 it was announced that Sohn would be joining season 2 of The Originals in a recurring role as the witch Lenore a k a Esther Mikaelson 9 Sohn made her directorial debut with the 2017 HBO documentary Baltimore Rising about the 2015 Baltimore protests and community organizing that arose in response to police violence 10 Activism EditPreviously involved in political activism she campaigned in North Carolina in support of Barack Obama s 2008 presidential bid Sohn took a break from acting in 2009 to concentrate on social issues She is the founder and CEO of the Baltimore based reWIRED for Change an outreach program intended to communicate with and ultimately rehabilitate at risk youth involved in criminal activity 11 The program is run out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and uses episodes of The Wire as a teaching tool encouraging the participants to examine and query their lives and past actions 12 Other actors and writers involved with The Wire serve as board members 13 In 2011 she was presented with the Woman of the Year award from the Harvard Black Men s Forum 14 Personal life EditIn 2003 Sohn married didgeridoo player Adam Plack She has two daughters born 1986 and 1990 15 As of 2019 update Sohn and Plack are divorced 16 On July 21 2019 Sohn was arrested in North Carolina and charged with felony possession of cocaine 17 Filmography EditFilm Edit Year Title Role Notes1996 Work June1998 Slam Lauren Bell Also screenwriter1999 Getting to Know You Lynn1999 Bringing Out the Dead Kanita2000 Shaft Alice2001 Perfume Dandy2002 G Shelly2003 The Killing Zone Jennifer2008 Step Up 2 The Streets Sarah2012 The Wire The Musical Detective Shakima Kima Greggs Short2015 The Missing Girl Franny2017 Domain Atlanta2019 High Flying Bird MyraTelevision Edit Year Title Role Notes1998 Bronx County N A Television film2002 08 The Wire Detective Shakima Kima Greggs Series regular 56 episodes2006 07 Cold Case Toni Halstead Recurring role 5 episodes2008 09 Brothers amp Sisters Trish Evans Recurring role 4 episodes2010 13 The Good Wife Sonya Rucker 2 episodes2011 Bar Karma Lucy Borden Episode An Open Mind 2011 12 Body of Proof Samantha Baker Series regular 29 episodes2012 Drop Dead Diva Judge Vivian Holston Episode Jane s Getting Married 2012 Burn Notice Agent Olivia Riley Recurring role 5 episodes2013 Law amp Order Special Victims Unit Lisa Carter Episode American Tragedy 2014 15 The Originals Lenore Esther Recurring role 8 episodes2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Police Officer Episode Public Defenders 2016 Luke Cage Captain Betty Audrey Recurring role 3 episodes2016 Shut Eye Gabriella 5 episodes2017 Baltimore Rising Director2018 present The Chi Laverne Johnson 10 episodes2019 present Star Trek Discovery Dr Gabrielle Burnham 8 episodes2020 Utopia Agent Katherine Milner 3 episodes2021 The slow hustleAwards and nominations EditYear Award Category Film or series Result1998 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Slam Won1998 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Slam Won1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance Slam Nominated2005 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Wire Nominated2008 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding Television Actress The Wire Won2009 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Wire NominatedReferences Edit Maddaus Gene July 22 2019 The Chi Actress Sonja Sohn Arrested on Cocaine Possession Charge Holtzclaw Mike October 25 1999 Local Actress Now Working With Big Stars Daily Press Retrieved April 17 2012 After The Wire Sonja Sohn couldn t leave Baltimore s troubled streets behind Archived 2010 04 10 at the Wayback Machine Article ReWired for Change web site Gross Terry March 15 2012 Sonja Sohn Changing Baltimore Long After The Wire Fresh Air NPR Retrieved April 17 2012 Life Servers Sohn Well Actress Graduated from Newport News School Richmond Times Dispatch November 7 1998 B4 by Mike Holtzclaw Character profile Detective Shakima Kima Greggs HBO 2004 Retrieved 2006 07 22 Bargiel Nina February 22 2011 Episode 103 An Open Mind with Sonja Sohn Current TV Archived from the original on March 12 2011 Retrieved April 16 2012 ABC Adds Body of Proof Off the Map to Roster The Futon Critic May 14 2010 Retrieved May 18 2010 Tierney Bricker May 30 2014 The Originals Casts The Wire Star in Witchy Season 2 Role E Retrieved September 5 2014 Cohen Sandy July 28 2017 Baltimore Rising explores life after Freddie Gray The Detroit News Associated Press Phil Zabriskie After The Wire ended actress Sonja Sohn couldn t leave Baltimore s troubled streets behind Washington Post January 27 2012 Sonja Sohn s Road to Redemption Archived 2009 09 07 at the Wayback Machine story on Sohn s community activism with reWIRED for Change in B Baltimore online newspaper accessed January 1 2010 Members page reWIRED for Change accessed January 1 2010 Sohn honored Boston Globe March 29 2011 p G14 The Wire actress Sonja Sohn receives the Woman of the Year award at the Harvard Black Men s Forum 17th Annual Celebration of Black Women Brown Sloane November 5 2006 A NIGHT FOR GUYS TO BE BAD FOR GOOD Baltimore Sun p 2N Retrieved December 8 2014 https www charlotteobserver com news local article232961197 html Actress charged with drug possession in North Carolina Associated Press July 22 2019 Retrieved June 24 2020 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Sonja Sohn Sonja Sohn at IMDb reWIRED for Change homepage rewiredforchange org accessed December 8 2014 ReWired and Reading Liverpool Philharmonic permanent dead link liverpoolphil com accessed December 8 2014 ReWired and Reading The Reader Organisation thereaderonline co uk accessed December 8 2014 Appearances on C SPAN C SPAN Q amp A interview with Sohn c span org accessed December 8 2014 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sonja Sohn amp oldid 1059731053, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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