|Kerri Hoskins Branson|
|Born||Kerri Ann Hoskins
February 20, 1970
She is best known for portraying Sonya Blade in several incarnations of the game beginning with Mortal Kombat 3 and toured the United States and Europe portraying Sonya Blade in the Mortal Kombat: Live Tour, appearing at venues like Radio City Music Hall. She also appeared in a number of other games produced by Midway Games including Revolution X and NBA Jam, and is a secret character in NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC. Hoskins has also modeled for Playboy magazine.
She trained for two years in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art; John Tobias noted her to be "actually very good" and "punching like a guy." According to a re-published newspaper article dated 2001, Kerri Hoskins is married and her last name changed to Branson; as of that date, Branson lives in North Aurora, Illinois, where she raises two twin boys who suffer from severe cerebral palsy. She has four children: Leah, Sam, Luke and Zachary.
Video game roles
- NBA Jam - cheerleader (1993)
- Revolution X - Head Mistress Helga, freeable hostages (1994)
- Mortal Kombat 3 - Sonya Blade (1995)
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 - Sonya Blade (1995)
- Mortal Kombat Trilogy - Sonya Blade (1996)
- War Gods - Valla (1996)
- Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero - Kia (1997)
- Mortal Kombat 4 - Sonya Blade (1997)
- Mortal Kombat Gold - Sonya Blade (including voice) (1999)
- NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC - herself (1999)
- NBA Jam 2004 (2003)
Appearances in Playboy Special Editions
- Playboy's Nudes December 1992.
- Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 29 (January/February 1993) - cover with Jody Hoskins.
- Playboy's Girls of Summer '93 (June 1993) - p. 11, 50, 98.
- Playboy's Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads (August 1993).
- Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 34 (November 1993).
- Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 35 (January 1994).
- Playboy's Bathing Beauties (March 1994) - p. 34.
- Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 36 (March 1994).
- Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 39 (September 1994) - p. 32–33, 50-51.
- Playboy's Nudes November 1994.
- Playboy's Hot Denim Daze (May 1995) - p. 60.
- Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 75 (September 2000).
- Covert, Colin (1996-02-09). "She's no mere Mortal; Fridley native Kerri Hoskins puts edge on `Sonya Blade'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
- "Kerri Hoskins (video game character)". Giantbomb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
- Video Games The Ultimate Gaming Magazine 75 (April 1995) page 46.
- Norman, Bud (1996-02-15). "Mortal kombat goes from videogame to stage symbol". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
- "Fighting for her sons". Thebransonproject.com. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
- "Kane board candidate embracing past as pinup". Dailyherald.com. 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
- "Kerri Hoskins". Behind The Voice Actors. 1970-02-20. Retrieved 2013-08-11.