Sonya Walger (born 6 June 1974) is a British actress. She is perhaps best known for her revealing role in the controversial HBO series Tell Me You Love Me (2007) and as Penelope "Penny" Widmore on ABC's Lost.
Sonya Walger was born in London, England. She studied English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, where she received a first class degree. Walger is conversational in French and fluent in English and Spanish, as her father is Argentinean.
In 2007, Walger 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 rumors to the contrary, these scenes were eventually confirmed as simulated by several individuals intimately connected with the show. With reference to the handjob apparently performed by Walger on actor Adam Scott at the end of the pilot episode, show creator Cynthia Mort stated that "Sonya is not going to put her hands in a place that they shouldn't be." Director Patricia Rozema and Walger's co-stars Ally Walker and Jane Alexander also explicitly denied that any actual sex took place on set.
Recent roles include a supporting part as Michelle Dixon, the wife of Sarah Connor's former fiancé on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Sonya also currently has the part of Penelope "Penny" Widmore, Desmond Hume's long lost wife in the hit ABC TV series Lost and as Olivia Benford, a surgeon and wife of FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) in the ABC TV series FlashForward.
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