British actress Sonya Walger was first known in the U.S. for her role as Donna Barnes, the shockingly beautiful wife of Mike Binder's lead character, in the Binder-created HBO comedy series, ''The Mind of the Married Man'' (2001-2002). She eventually landed her biggest exposure to American audiences in 2003 when she was cast as Sally Harper, the faithful confidant of the show's lead character Susan (played by Rena Sofer), in the U.S. remake of the hit British sitcom, "Coupling." She currently stars as Carolyn, the partner to Scott Adam's Palek, on HBO controversial new drama series, "Tell Me You Love Me" (2007).
Meanwhile, the patrician blonde with a sexy gleam in her eyes appeared on such television shows as "CSI: NY" (as Laboratory Technician Jane Parsons, head of the DNA Lab. (2004-2006)), "Sleeper Cell" (as Special Agent Patrice Serxner (2005-2006)), and "Lost" (as Desmond's girlfriend Penelope "Penny" Widmore (2006-2007)). She also co-starred in the TNT movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" (2004), for which she was nominated a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television.
On the big screen, the 5' 7" stunning Argentine beauty could be seen in the films "Eisenstein" (2000), "The Search for John Gissing" (2001), and "Caffeine" (2006). The Oxford graduate who speaks fluent Spanish also has just finished translating an Argentine play into English.
Childhood and Family:
In London, England, UK, Sonya Walger was born on June 6, 1974 to a British mother and Argentine father. Raised in a multilingual household, Sonya became fluent in Spanish and is good at conversational French. She studied English Literature at Oxford University and has just finished translating an Argentine play into English.
Sonya spends her free time in London and Buenos Aires, where her father lives. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Tell Me You Love Me
While studying English literature at Oxford University, Sonya Walger performed in student plays in her free time. During that time, she got an agent and went on to work in local theaters for a couple of years before entering into British film and television.
In 1998, Walger began appearing on the small screen, in the British mystery miniseries "Heat of the Sun" alongside Trevor Eve and Susannah Harker, and in an episode of the popular British drama series "Midsomer Murders." She subsequently worked extensively on television in the following year, appearing in multiple episodes of the crime/drama TV series "The Vice" and popular BBC sitcom "Goodnight Sweetheart," as well as in an episode of British drama series "Dangerfield." She also played roles in the 1999 made-for-TV movies "Noah's Ark" starring Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen, and "All the King's Men," a BBC feature-length World War I drama starring David Jason, Maggie Smith and David Troughton which was based on a book by the film's co-producer, Nigel McCrery.
Entering the new millennium, Walger made her first film in a biopic about the Soviet film director, "Eisenstein," which was written and directed by Renny Bartlett and stars Simon McBurney in the title role. In the next year, she met Mike Binder in London where the American stand-up comedian-turned-writer-director cast her as a nun opposite himself, Alan Rickman and Janeane Garofalo, in his comedy movie, ''The Search for John Gissing" (2001), which won Best Film from the Sarasota Film Festival Film Critics Awards.
The British actress first become known in the U.S. for her role in Binder-created HBO comedy series, ''The Mind of the Married Man'' (2001-2002). In the highly entertaining, poignant Emmy-nominated show, Walger starred as Donna Barnes, the shockingly beautiful wife of the lead character (also played by Binder). ''The Mind of the Married Man'' was popular with a loyal audience despite mixed reviews from critics and has helped to put Walger's name toward the spotlight. Meanwhile, she also co-starred with "Brooklyn South" star Jon Tenney in Michael Caleo's 12-minute film, "40" (2002).
In 2003, Walger landed her biggest exposure to American audiences when she was cast in the U.S. remake of the hit BBC comedy, "Coupling" (2003), which NBC was reportedly hoping to position as a replacement for "Friends." For her role in the show, the Spanish fluent actress had to adopt an American accent to play Sally Harper, the faithful confidant of the show's lead character Susan (played by Rena Sofer). Unfortunately, the show failed to perform in the ratings and was canceled prior to completing its first season on NBC.
From 2004 to 2006, Walger played Laboratory Technician Jane Parsons, head of the DNA Lab. in 10 episodes of CBS police procedural television series, "CSI: NY." She also played the recurring role of Special Agent Patrice Serxner in four episodes (2005-2006) of Showtime one-hour drama series, "Sleeper Cell."
During that time, Walger provided her voice for the video game sandbox-style action-adventure computer and video game developed by Rockstar North, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" (2004), the third 3D game in the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise and fifth original game overall. She also co-starred with Noah Wyle in the TNT original movie, "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" (2004), playing Nicole Noone, an adventurer and a library employee who helps but resists any friendly feelings for Whyle's lead character. Her performance in the movie received praise and earned her a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television.
Additionally, Walger was spotted as a guest in a March 2006 episode of CBS crime/police procedural drama series, "Numb3rs." That same year, she could be seen alongside Marsha Thomason , Mena Suvari, Breckin Meyer, Katherine Heigl, and Mike Vogel in John Cosgrove's drama/comedy movie, "Caffeine."
Walger played the recurring role of Penelope "Penny" Widmore, the great love of Desmond (played by Henry Ian Cusick) who is searching for the shipwrecked Desmond with two Portuguese men stationed at a polar research station, in 4 episodes (2006-2007) of ABC Emmy-winning survivor drama, "Lost."
TV viewers now can catch Walger on HBO adult drama series "Tell Me You Love Me," a controversial show which gained notoriety for its provocative and visually explicit nature of its sex scenes. In the show that premiered on September 9, 2007, Walger and Adam Scott portray one of the three couples who seek the help of therapist Dr. May Foster (played by Jane Alexander) concerning intimacy in their relationships.