Sonya Walger is a British-American actress. She had starring roles in the short-lived sitcoms The Mind of the Married Man and Coupling before landing her role as Penny Widmore in the ABC drama series Lost. Walger later starred on Tell Me You Love Me, FlashForward, and Common Law.
Walger was born in Hampstead, London. She 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 the United States and was cast as Donna Barnes on the HBO comedy series, The Mind of the Married Man. The series was cancelled 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.
Walger married screenwriter/producer Davey Holmes in July 2009. She gave birth to a daughter in February 2013. She also gave birth to a son. Walger became a U.S. citizen on 23 May 2013.