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Sonja Sohn

Sonja Sohn [1] is an American actress and community activist. She is best known for her role as Detective Kima Greggs on the hit HBO drama The Wire, which has led to her current work as the leader of the Baltimore community initiative reWIRED for Change.

Sohn is of East African and Korean heritage. Before she was an actress, Sohn was a slam poet, having written lyrics and co-written the script for the film Slam. Throughout the five seasons of the HBO series The Wire, she held a starring role as Detective Kima Greggs.[2] She has also guest starred on many episodes of Cold Case as Toni Halstead, the love interest of starring character Nick Vera. Sohn won the supporting television actress award at the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards for her character on The Wire.

Having previously been involved in political activism (she campaigned in North Carolina in support of Barack Obama's 2009 presidential bid), Sohn quit acting in 2009 in order to concentrate on social issues. She is now the founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based reWIRED for Change, an outreach program intended to communicate with (and ultimately rehabilitate) at-risk young people who have been involved in criminal activity. The program is run out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and uses episodes of The Wire as a teaching tool, encouraging the participants to examine and query their own lives and past actions.[3] Various other actors and writers involved with The Wire also serve as board members.[4]


  • Brothers & Sisters TV Series
    • "Do You Believe In Magic" (11/9, 2008) - Trish Evans
  • Step Up 2 the Streets as Sarah
  • Cold Case TV Series
    • "World's End" (11/4, 2007 First appearance in 8 months on the show) - Toni Halstead
    • "8:03 AM" (1/28, 2007) - Toni Halstead
    • "Blackout" (1/14, 2007) - Toni Halstead
    • "Knuckle Up" (1/7, 2007) - Toni Jameson
    • "Forever Blue" (12/3, 2006) - Toni Jameson
  • Perfume (2006) as Dandy
  • The Killing Zone (2003) as Jennifer
  • The Wire (2002) TV Series as Detective Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
  • G (2002) as Shelly
  • Shaft (2000) as Alice
  • Bringing Out the Dead (1999) as Kanita
  • From the Last (1999) as Tony Wang
  • Getting to Know You (1999) as Lynn
  • Bronx County (1998) (TV)
  • Slam (1998) as Lauren Bell
  • Work (1996) as June


  1. ^ "Sonja Sohn". Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  2. ^ "Character profile - Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-22.  
  3. ^ Sonja Sohn's Road to Redemption - story on Sohn's community activism with reWIRED for Change in B (Baltimore online newspaper), accessed January 1 2010
  4. ^ reWIRED for Change members page, accessed January 1 2010

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