SONJA SOHN

ACTOR/DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER

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Best known for her starring role as Detective Kima Greggs on all five seasons of HBO's renowned drama series, THE WIRE, Sonja Sohn is the proud Blasian daughter of a Korean mother and African-American father. Born and raised in the south and spending most of her childhood in Newport News, VA, Sohn attended New York City’s School of Visual Arts, City College and Brooklyn College, where her love for writing took over and sent her on an unexpected trajectory towards 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. During this period, her notoriety on the spoken word scene also led to a recording contract with Warner Bros.’ London-based label, Artthrob Records, where she and producer, Noel Watson, recorded under the name, Fini Dolo.

 

Sohn’s work in entertainment over the years also includes network television projects such as BROTHERS AND SISTERS and BODY OF PROOF (ABC), COLD CASE  and THE GOOD WIFE (CBS), BURN NOTICE (Hulu), LUKE CAGE (Netflix), THE CHI (Showtime) and STAR TREK DISCOVERY (Paramount +). She has also worked with renowned feature film directors, John Singleton (SHAFT), Steve Soderbergh (HIGH FLYING BIRD) and Martin Scorcese (BRINGING OUT THE DEAD). Known for playing bold, down to earth, strong, soulful characters, Sohn is currently starring opposite Ramon Rodriguez in the ABC series, Will Trent and can be seen this spring in Sony Pictures’ George Foreman biopic, HEART OF A LION.  

 

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 and police in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and premiered on HBO in November 2017. Her most recent documentary, THE SLOW HUSTLE, which chronicles the mysterious death of Baltimore police detective, Sean Suiter, premiered on HBO in December 2021 and has been nominated for a 2022 Emmy Award for Outstanding Crime and Justice Documentary.