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Sonja Sohn


Sonja Sohn’s journey to the screen evolved from artistic pursuits that began during the height of the 80s art revolution in NYC where she attended the School of Visual Arts. In the 90s, she began to pursue her passion for writing, eventually landing at Brooklyn College where her love for poetry and storytelling took over and sent her on an unexpected trajectory toward the entertainment industry. In 1998, she co-starred in and co-wrote the film, SLAM, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Camera d’Or Prize at Cannes. 

Sohn’s theatrical work in entertainment over the years includes HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire and other broadcast television projects including, Brothers and Sisters, Body of Proof (ABC), Cold Case, The Good Wife (CBS), Burn Notice (Hulu), Luke Cage (Netflix), The Chi (Showtime) and Star Trek Discovery (PARAMOUNT +). Throughout her career, she has worked with renowned feature film directors, John Singleton (Shaft), Steven Soderbergh (High Flying Bird), and Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out the Dead). 

She makes her return to ABC in January 2023, as Amanda Wagner opposite Ramon Rodriguez in Will Trent, based on Karen Slaughter’s bestselling crime novel series. Sohn can also be seen in Heart of Lion, SONY’s upcoming biopic about former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s life directed by George Tillman, to be released April 2023. 

As a documentary filmmaker, Sohn's first foray behind the camera resulted in the critically acclaimed documentary, Baltimore Rising, which chronicled the efforts of local activists, police, and community leaders in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and premiered on HBO in November 2017. Her most recent documentary, The Slow Hustle, chronicles the mysterious death of Baltimore police detective, Sean Suiter. It premiered last December on HBO and was nominated for a 2022 Emmy Award for Outstanding Crime and Justice Documentary.

Selected filmography

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    The Chi
    • Character: Laverne Johnson
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    Shut Eye
    • Character: Detective
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    Marvel's Luke Cage
    • Character: Captain Betty Audrey
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    The Originals
    • Character: Lenore
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    The Wire
    • Character: Kima Greggs
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    The Good Wife
    • Character: Sonya Rucker
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    • Character: Atlanta
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    • Character: Lisa Carter
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    Burn Notice
    • Character: Olivia Riley
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    Body of Proof
    • Character: Detective Samantha Baker
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    Brothers and Sisters
    • Character: Trish Evans
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    • Character: Shelly
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    • Character: Alice
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    • Character: Lauren Bell