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Sonja Smits

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B: September 8, 1958 in The Ottawa Valley, Ontario

Sonja Smits is one of two daughters of Dutch immigrants who settled in the Ottawa Valley and ran a dairy farm south of the nation’s capital. She began her acting career on stage, and has performed at theaters such as Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Calgary, the Beverly Hills Playhouse and the Toronto Free Theatre. In 1980, she made her television debut in the made-for-TV movie War Brides, for which she received an ACTRA nomination. Sonja won a Gemini Award for her work on the series, Street Legal. She was the 2004 recipient of ACTRA Toronto`s Award of Excellence, presented to her by 2003 recipient, Gordon Pinsent. In The Rings of Saturn, Smits stretched herself to become a dancer. That is, she did not “act” as a dancer, but, in fact, danced. And very well at that.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

War Brides (TV-1980)
The Pit (1981)
Videodrome (1983)
Command 5 (TV-1984)
That’s My Baby (1984)
Screwball Academy (TV-1986)

The Diviners (TV-1993)
Spencer: Pale Kings and Princes (TV-1994)
TekWar (TV-1994)
Dead Husbands (TV-1998)
Nothing Sacred (TV-1998)

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (TV-2001)
The Rings of Saturn (TV-2002)
Minor Adjustments (2002)
Owning Mahowny (2003)
The Man from Mars (TV-2003, The Atwood Series)
How to Deal (2003)
A Different Loyalty (2004)
Siblings (2004)
One Way (2007)

TV Series – Cast:
Street Legal (1986-1992)
Traders (1996-2000 )
The Eleventh Hour (2002-2005)

The Best Laid Plans (mini-series 2014)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Falcon Crest (1984)
The Fall Guy (1985)
The Hitchhiker (1984, 1985)
Danger Bay (1985)
Airwolf (1987)
The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1988)

The Outer Limits (1995)

Made in Canada (2001)
The Rick Mercer Report (2005, 2007)
Rent-a-Goalie (2007, 2008)

Bill & Son’s Towing (2012)
Cybergeddon (2012)
American Gods (2017)

Web Series:
Save Me (2017)

This 1993 poster for Videodrome was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection
This 1983 poster for Videodrome was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection