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Actress and Community Activist; Known for the HBO Drama "The Wire"

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Sonja Sohn is an American actress and community activist. She is best known for her role as Detective Kima Greggs on the HBO drama "The Wire" and as Detective Samantha Baker on the ABC series "Body of Proof." She is also known for having starred in the independent film "Slam," which she also co-wrote.

Her role on "The Wire" has led to her current work as the leader of the Baltimore community initiative "ReWired for Change."

Sohn was born in Newport News, Virginia. Her father, an African-American soldier in the United States Army, met her Korean mother when he was stationed in South Korea after the Korean War. After Sohn's older brother was born, her mother decided to move to the United States as she felt that a child of mixed Korean and African-American parentage would be discriminated against in Korea. Sohn had a difficult childhood; she was often teased for her mixed heritage, her schizophrenic father physically abused her mother and her older brother was killed when she was a teenager. She attended and graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News, where she had struggled with an addiction to cocaine and pills that continued into her twenties.

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 (Seasons 1-2) Detective Samantha Baker in the medical drama television series "Body of Proof" with Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan, which premiered on ABC on March 29, 2011.

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.

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Sonja Sohn

Actress and Community Activist; Known for the HBO Drama "The Wire"

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Sonja Sohn Biography

Sonja Sohn is an American actress and community activist. She is best known for her role as Detective Kima Greggs on the HBO drama "The Wire" and as Detective Samantha Baker on the ABC series "Body of Proof." She is also known for having starred in the independent film "Slam," which she also co-wrote.

Her role on "The Wire" has led to her current work as the leader of the Baltimore community initiative "ReWired for Change."

Sohn was born in Newport News, Virginia. Her father, an African-American soldier in the United States Army, met her Korean mother when he was stationed in South Korea after the Korean War. After Sohn's older brother was born, her mother decided to move to the United States as she felt that a child of mixed Korean and African-American parentage would be discriminated against in Korea. Sohn had a difficult childhood; she was often teased for her mixed heritage, her schizophrenic father physically abused her mother and her older brother was killed when she was a teenager. She attended and graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News, where she had struggled with an addiction to cocaine and pills that continued into her twenties.

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 (Seasons 1-2) Detective Samantha Baker in the medical drama television series "Body of Proof" with Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan, which premiered on ABC on March 29, 2011.

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.

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  • How to book Sonja Sohn?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sonja Sohn for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sonja Sohn, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sonja Sohn or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sonja Sohn?

    Booking fees for Sonja Sohn, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sonja Sohn, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sonja Sohn?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sonja Sohn for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sonja Sohn for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sonja Sohn or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sonja Sohn or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sonja Sohn is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sonja Sohn for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Sonja Sohn generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Clifton Kinnie, Jackie Biskupski, Indya Moore, Constance Wu and Loretta Ross. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sonja Sohn for an upcoming event.

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