Sonya was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and grew up in Prince George, BC. She attended the University of Northern British Columbia to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, however in her last summer break she went to Victoria to sing and play guitar, and while there she became interested in acting.
Sonya attended our Audition Course and On-going Scene Study Course in 2000, soon after she appeared on screen. In 2005, she took over the role of Maya Kandinski from Carly Pope in the Canadian supernatural drama series “The Collector” and won Leo Awards two years running for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. This was followed by a season in “Durham County”, after which she received another Leo nomination for her role as Traci Prager. In 2008, Salomaa again took over a role—this time from Claudette Mink of the character Laura Nelson, a member of the coast guard in “The Guard”. She’s also guest starred in several TV shows, including “Supernatural”, “Covert Affairs” and “Flashpoint”. She was also one of the presenters for the 2010 Leo Awards.
Sonya has also performed in numerous films including the comedy, “The Tooth Fairy” , Shannen Doherty’s,“Christmas Caper “ and “Malibu Shark Attack”. She starred as a wannabe singer coming to terms with not following her dreams in the 2006 Canadian drama “Black Eyed Dog” and was the antagonist of “Ties That Bind “opposite Brian Krause and Nicole De Boer.
Here are some of Sonya’s credits. For a complete list go to her IMDB page.
2003 House of the Dead
2006 Black Eyed Dog
2000 2gether, Croon
2003 1st to Die
2005 A Lover’s Revenge, Ties That Bind, All She Wants for Christmas
2006 The Stranger Game
2007 Christmas Caper
2008 A Teacher’s Crime, Malibu Shark Attack
2011 Secrets of Eden
2012 Broken Trust
2014 Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick
2000 2gether: The Series,
2001 Los Luchadores, Pasadena, Special Unit 2, Dark Angel, UC: Undercover
2002 Glory Days
2003 Just Cause, Dead Like Me, Andromeda
2005 The L Word, The Collector (26 episodes)
2006 Kyle XY, Stargate SG-1, Saved
2007 Painkiller Jane, Durham County
2008 Flash Gordon, About a Girl, Shoot Me Now
2009 The Guard (15 episodes), V
2010 Canadian Comedy Shorts, Endgame,
2011 R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Supernatural, Covert Affairs, Flashpoint, Republic of Doyle
2013 The Killing
2014 Cedar Cove, Intruders (8 episodes)