Sonya Smith

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Sonya Smith
Born Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacquet
(1972-04-23) April 23, 1972 (age 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actress
Parent(s) Ileana Jacquet
Federico Albertini Smith

Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacquet [ˈsonja eleoˈnoɾa (e)smit ʝaˈket] (born April 23, 1972) is an American-born Venezuelan actress best known for her roles in telenovelas.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is the daughter of German-born Venezuelan actress Ileana Jacquet and Frederick Smith, who is American. Her maternal great-grandfather was French. After her parents divorced, her actress mother along with Smith went back to Venezuela; Smith grew up in Venezuela and identifies herself with the Venezuelan culture.[1] She speaks fluent Spanish, English, and German; the latter is learned from her mother who is a German who grew up in Venezuela. She studied college for psychology in Universidad Central de Venezuela

Her breakthrough came in the early 1990s when she played Estrellita Montenegro, the main character in Cara Sucia, her most successful telenovela as the lead actress. Smith remains a popular actress not only in Venezuela, also in other countries where her telenovelas have shown. In 2006, she returned to telenovelas with Olvidarte Jamás, her biggest hit as the lead actress since Cara Sucia, which was shot in Miami; this is the time where Smith returned to her birth country, but this time in Miami. Later, in 2007, she reappeared in Acorralada, in which she was one of the main stars and which has been a huge success. There, she was Fedora Gaviota.

During 2005, Smith made her Hollywood debut, playing Angela La Salle in Cyxork 7, where she acted alongside Ray Wise; although Smith recently lives in the United States and appeared in a Hollywood film, she still wants to remain more in the Spanish media of the country because the Spanish media opened opportunities for her to fame.[2] In 2007, she participated in another Hollywood film, Ladrón que roba a Ladrón, where she shared credits with actors, Fernando Colunga, Gabriel Soto, Miguel Varoni, and Saúl Lisazo among others.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Pacto de sangre Short film
1991 Un sueño en el abismo
2004 East L.A. King Nurse Diaz
2006 Cyxork 7 Angela LaSalle
2007 La misma luna Sra. Snyder
2007 Ladrón que roba a ladrón Verónica Valdéz
2008 I Didn't Know Who I Was Michelle Short film
2010 Hunted by Night Tania
2012 Unknowns Riley


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Gardenia Supporting role
1991 El desprecio Supporting role
1992 Cara sucia Esterella Montenegro Lead role
1993 Rosangelica Rosangélica González Hernández / Elisa Montero Lead role
1994 María Celeste María Celeste Paniagua Lead role
1996 Guajira Sonia Arbeláez Lead role
1997 Destino de mujer Mariana Oropeza Lead role
2000 Milagros Milagros De La Torre Vargas / Chachita Vargas Lead role
2000 Mariú Coralia Lozada de Gálvez Supporting role
2006 Olvidarte jamás Luisa Dominguez / Victoria Salinas Lead role
2007-08 Acorralada Fedora "La Gaviota" Garcés Soriano Protagonist
2007 Pecados ajenos Elena Sandoval Antagonist
2007 Tiempo final Claudia Episode: "Falso cura"
2008 Azúcar Morena Manuela Television film
2009 Vuélveme a querer Liliana Acosta Co-Protagonist
2010 ¿Dónde está Elisa? Dana Riggs Protagonist
2010-11 Aurora Angela Amenabar Co-Protagonist
2012 Corazón valiente Isabel Uriarte de Arroyo Special participation
2013 Marido en alquiler Griselda Carrasco Protagonist
2014-2015 Tierra de reyes Cayetana Belmonte del Junco Antagonist / Co-Protagonist


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Secreteando Marisol Episode: "El chisme de los chismes"


  • Latin Pride National Awards (for Outstanding Woman Achievement, 2008)
  • Miami Life Award (2011)



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