Sonya Smith

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Sonya Smith
Born Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacquet
(1972-04-23) April 23, 1972 (age 42)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Height (1.78)
Parents Ileana Jacquet
Federico Albertini Smith

Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacquet [ˈsonja eleoˈnoɾa (e)smith ʝaˈket] (born April 23, 1972) is an American-born Venezuelan actress best known for her roles in telenovelas.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is the daughter of German-born Venezuelan actress Ileana Jacquet and Frederick Smith, who is American. Her maternal great-grandfather was French. After her parents divorced, her actress mother along with Smith went back to Venezuela; Smith grew up in Venezuela and identifies herself with Venezuelan culture.[1] She speaks fluent Spanish, English, and German; the latter is learned from her mother who is a German who grew up in Venezuela. She studied college for psychology in Universidad Central de Venezuela

Her breakthrough came in the early 1990s when she played Estrellita Montenegro, the main character in Cara Sucia, her most successful telenovela as the lead actress. Smith remains a popular actress not only in Venezuela, also in other countries where her telenovelas have shown. In 2006, she returned to telenovelas with Olvidarte Jamás, her biggest hit as the lead actress since Cara Sucia, which was shot in Miami; this is the time where Smith returned to her birthcountry, but this time in Miami. Later, in 2007, she reappeared in Acorralada, in which she was one of the main stars and which has been a huge success. There, she was Fedora Gaviota.

During 2005, Smith made her Hollywood debut, playing Angela La Salle in Cyxork 7, where she acted alongside Ray Wise; although Smith recently lives in the United States and appeared in a Hollywood film, she still wants to remain more in the Spanish media of the country because the Spanish media opened opportunities for her to fame.[2] In 2007, she participated in another Hollywood film, Ladrón que roba a Ladrón, where she shared credits with actors, Fernando Colunga, Gabriel Soto, Miguel Varoni, and Saúl Lisazo among others.


Years Title Character Note
1987 Pacto de sangre N/A Short
1990 Gardenia N/A TV Series
1991 El desprecio N/A TV Series, Episode #1.1
Un sueño en el abismo N/A
1992 Cara Sucia Estrellita Montenegro Main Protagonist
1993 Rosangelica Rosangélica González Hernández / Elisa Montero Protagonist
1994 María Celeste María Celeste Paniagua Protagonist
1996 Guajira Sonia Arbeláez Protagonist
1997 Destino de Mujer Mariana Oropeza Protagonist
2000 Milagros Milagros de la Torre Vargas / Chachita Vargas Protagonist
Mariú Coralia Lozada de Gálvez
2006 Olvidarte Jamás Luisa Dominguez / Victoria Salinas Main Protagonist
Cyxork 7 Angela La Salle
2007 La Misma Luna Sra. Snyder Movie
Ladrón que roba a ladrón Veronica Valdez Movie TV
2007-2008 Acorralada Fedora "La Gaviota" Garcés Soriano Supporting Role
Pecados Ajenos Elena Sandoval Villain
(First antagonist role)
2008 Azucar Morena Manuela TV Movie
I Didn't Know Who I Was Michelle Short
2009 Vuélveme a Querer Liliana Acosta Supporting Role
2010 ¿Dónde Está Elisa? Dana Riggs Protagonist
(Nominated for Best Actress award in Spanish.)
Hunted by Night Tania Movie
Aurora Angela Amenabar Protagonist
(Lead role in the last episodes.)
2012 Corazón Valiente Isabel Uriarte de Arroyo Special Participation / Villain
Unknowns (Desconocidos) DA Riley Movie
Secreteando Marisol Webnovela
2013-2014 Marido en Alquiler Griselda Carrasco Main Protagonist
2014-2015 Tierra de Reyes Cayetana Belmonte Del Junco Main Antagonist


  • Latin Pride National Awards (for Outstanding Woman Achievement, 2008)
  • Miami Life Award (2011)



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