Sonja Sohn (born 1964) is an American actress and community activist. She is best known for her role as Detective Kima Greggs on the HBO drama The Wire, and as Detective Samantha Baker on the ABC series Body of Proof. She is also known for having starred in the independent film Slam, which she also co-wrote.
Sohn was born in Newport News, Virginia. Her father, an African-American soldier in the United States Army, met her Korean mother when he was stationed in South Korea after the Korean War. After Sohn's older brother was born, her mother decided to move to the United States as she felt that a child of mixed Korean and African-American parentage would be discriminated against in Korea. Sohn had a difficult childhood; she was often teased for her mixed heritage, her schizophrenic father physically abused her mother and her older brother was killed when she was a teenager. She attended and graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News where she had struggled with an addiction to cocaine and pills that continued into her twenties.
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