Walger at the Solidarity With Writers march and rally on Hollywood Blvd., 20 November 2007
6 June 1974|
Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Years active||1998 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Davey Holmes (m. 2009)|
Sonya Walger (born 6 June 1974) is an English actress. She had starring roles in the short-lived sitcoms The Mind of the Married Man (2001-2002) and Coupling (2003) before landing her role as Penny Widmore in the ABC drama series Lost. Walger later starred on Tell Me You Love Me (2007), FlashForward (2009–2010), and Common Law (2012). In 2016, she began starring in the ABC series The Catch.
Walger was born in Hampstead, London. Walger was educated at the independent Wycombe Abbey School and at Christ Church, Oxford, where she studied English Literature, receiving a first class degree. Walger is conversational in French and fluent in Spanish, as her father is Argentinian.
Walger began her career on British television. In 1998, she guest starred in an episode of ITV crime series, Midsomer Murders. She had the recurring role in the BBC 1 sitcom 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". The following year, Walger made her film debut in the biographical drama Eisenstein. In 2001, she moved to United States and was cast as Donna Barnes on the HBO comedy series, The Mind of the Married Man . The series was canceled after two seasons. In 2003, she starred on the short lived U.S. version of Coupling, which aired on NBC. In 2004, Walger played Nicole Noone opposite Noah Wyle in the TNT television film, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, for which she received Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television nomination.
From 2006 to 2010, Walger had a recurring role as Penny Widmore in the ABC drama series, Lost. She also had recurring roles on Sleeper Cell, CSI: NY, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. 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, director Patricia Rozema and Walger's co-stars Ally Walker and Jane Alexander also explicitly denied that any actual sex took place on set. The series was canceled after a single season.
From 2009 to 2010, Walger starred as Olivia Benford, a surgeon and wife of FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) in the ABC series, FlashForward. Later in 2010, she appeared as Julia in season 3 of the HBO drama series In Treatment. She played John Cusack's wife in the 2011 Direct-to-video crime thriller The Factory. In 2012, she was regular cast member in the USA Network short lived series Common Law. In 2013, Walger had a brief role in the comedy film Admission, as a Virginia Woolf scholar. From 2013 to 2014, Walger appeared on the NBC drama series 'Parenthood.
In 2014, Walger guest-starred in Shonda Rhimes' series Scandal as Katherine Winslow. The following year, Walger was cast in the new Rhimes series The Catch, co-starring opposite Mireille Enos and Peter Krause.
Walger married screenwriter/producer Davey Holmes in July 2009. She gave birth to daughter Billie Rosie Holmes on 14 February 2013. She also gave birth to their son Jake. Walger became a U.S. citizen on 23 May 2013.
|2001||The Search for John Gissing||Sister Mary|
|2016||Summer of 8||Diane|
|1998||Heat of the Sun||Hilde Van der Vuurst||Episode: "The Sport of Kings"|
|1998||Mosley||Barbara Hutchinson||Episode: "Breaking the Mould"|
|1998||Midsomer Murders||Becky Smith||Episode: "Death of a Hollow Man"|
|1999||The Vice||Emma||Episodes: "Dabbling: Part 1" and "Dabbling: Part 2"|
|1999||Goodnight Sweetheart||Flic||3 episodes|
|1999||Dangerfield||Ana Mogollon Cabrera||Episode: "Diminished Responsibility"|
|1999||All the King's Men||Lady Frances||Television film|
|2001–2002||The Mind of the Married Man||Donna Barnes||Series regular, 20 episodes|
|2003||Coupling||Sally Harper||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|2004||The Librarian: Quest for the Spear||Nicole Noone||Television film|
Nominated— Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
|2004–2006||CSI: NY||Jane Parsons||10 episodes|
|2005–2006||Sleeper Cell||Special Agent Patrice Serxner||4 episodes|
|2006||Numb3rs||Susan Berry||Episode: "All's Fair"|
|2006–2010||Lost||Penelope 'Penny' Widmore||13 episodes|
Nominated— Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television (2009)
|2007||Tell Me You Love Me||Carolyn||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|2008||Sweet Nothing in My Ear||Joanna Tate||Television film|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Michelle Dixon||5 episodes|
|2009–2010||FlashForward||Dr. Olivia Benford||Series regular, 22 episodes|
|2010||In Treatment||Julia||3 episodes|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Anne Barnes||Episode: "Father Dearest"|
|2012||Common Law||Dr. Elise Ryan||Series regular, 12 episodes|
|2013–2014||Parenthood||Meredith Peet||6 episodes|
|2014||The Good Sister||Kate / Linda||Television film|
|2014||Scandal||Katherine Winslow||Episodes: "Inside the Bubble" and "The Key"|
|2014||Elementary||Angela White||Episode: "The Five Orange Pipz"|
|2014–2015||Power||Madeline Stern||4 episodes|
|2015||The Leftovers||Dr. Allison Herbert (voice)||Episode: "Lens"|
|2015||Scorpion||Olivia Cromwell||Episode: "US vs. UN vs. UK"|
|2016||The Catch||Margot Bishop||Series regular|
|2016||Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders||Marion Codwell||Episode: "The Matchmaker"|
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- 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.
- 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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