Sonya Walger

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Sonya Walger
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Walger at the Solidarity With Writers march and rally on Hollywood Blvd., 20 November 2007
Born (1974-06-06) 6 June 1974 (age 41)
Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998 – present
Spouse(s) Davey Holmes (m. 2009)

Sonya Walger (born 6 June 1974) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Penny Widmore series Lost and Olivia Benford on ABC's FlashForward. In 2012, she played Dr. Emma Ryan on Common Law.

Early life[edit]

Walger was born in Hampstead, London.[1] Walger was educated at the independent Wycombe Abbey School and at Christ Church, Oxford, where she studied English Literature, receiving a first class degree.[2] Walger is conversational in French and fluent in Spanish, as her father is Argentine.[3]


In 1998, Walger played Becky in one episode of Midsomer Murders. She portrayed Flic in Goodnight Sweetheart in 1999, and appeared in two episodes of the crime/drama The Vice. Also in 1999, she played the daughter of newspaper magnate Max Van der Vuurst, Hilde, in the Heat of the Sun story "The Sport of Kings". She played Donna Barnes on the HBO TV series The Mind of the Married Man in 2001. In the U.S. version of Coupling, which aired in 2003, she played Sally Harper. Other acting roles have included guest appearances on Lost as Desmond's girlfriend, Penelope "Penny" Widmore and recurring roles on Sleeper Cell and CSI: NY. In 2004, Walger played Nicole Noone opposite Noah Wyle in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.

In 2007, Walger appeared in the original Broadway production of Frost/Nixon, as Charlotte Cushing, David Frost's then-girlfriend. Then she starred in the controversial HBO series Tell Me You Love Me. The series gained notoriety even before the first episode had aired because of the frequency and extremely realistic nature of its sex scenes. Despite persistent rumours to the contrary, these scenes were eventually confirmed as simulated by several individuals intimately connected with the show. With reference to the manual masturbation apparently performed by Walger on actor Adam Scott at the end of the pilot episode,[4] show creator Cynthia Mort stated that "Sonya is not going to put her hands in a place that they shouldn't be."[citation needed]

Director Patricia Rozema and Walger's co-stars Ally Walker and Jane Alexander also explicitly denied that any actual sex took place on set.[5][6][7]

Walger's guest-starring roles included a supporting part as Michelle Dixon, the wife of Sarah Connor's former fiancé on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. In the hit ABC TV series Lost, she portrayed the recurring role of Penelope "Penny" Widmore, the long-lost love of Desmond Hume and daughter of industrialist Charles Widmore.

Walger was later cast in a starring role as Olivia Benford, a surgeon and wife of FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) on FlashForward, which was canceled on 13 May 2010. In 2010, she appeared as Julia in season 3 of the HBO drama series In Treatment. She holds a lead role in the 2011 crime thriller The Factory.[8] In 2013, Walger had a brief role in the film Admission, as a Virginia Woolf scholar.

Personal life[edit]

Walger married screenwriter/producer Davey Holmes in July 2009.[9] She gave birth to daughter Billie Rosie Holmes on 14 February 2013.[10]

Walger became a U.S. citizen on 23 May 2013.[11]

TV roles[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Power Mrs. Stern Season 2
2014 The Good Sister Kate / Linda
2014 Elementary Angela White "The Five Orange Pipz"
2013-2014 Parenthood Season 5
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anne Barnes "Father Dearest"
2012 Common Law Dr Emma Ryan
2010 In Treatment Julia
2009 FlashForward Olivia Benford
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Carolyn
2006-2010 Lost Penelope Hume
2006 Numb3rs Susan Berry
2005 Sleeper Cell Special Agent Patrice Serxner
2004 CSI: NY Jane Parsons
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Nicole Noone
2003 Coupling Sally Harper
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Donna Barnes
1999 The Vice 2 episodes
1999 Heat of the Sun Hilde Van der Vuurst "The Sport of Kings"
1999 Goodnight Sweetheart Flic
1998 Midsomer Murders Becky 1 episode


  1. ^ "Sonya Walger: Summary". 16 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  2. ^ on Craig Ferguson
  3. ^ Biodata
  4. ^ Scott Collins (14 July 2007). "`Love’ and sex on HBO". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sex talk:Patricia Rozema gets intimate with new TV series". Canada: CBC. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "HBO has everyone talking about the sex in "Tell Me You Love Me"". 13 July 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ "'Tell Me You Love Me' Bares Bodies and Souls". 9 September 2007. 
  8. ^ New Stills from Crime Thriller The Factory
  9. ^ Orloff, Brian (22 September 2009). "Lost's Sonya Walger Calls Married Life a 'Sweet Thing'". people,com. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Walger, Sonya (5 March 2013). "Billie Rosie Holmes, born on Valentine's Day, love of our lives and bane of our sleep.". Twitter. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Walger, Sonya (23 May 2013). "3290 new citizens. And I am one of them. Got a manicure as a mark of respect, you understand.". Twitter. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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