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Sonya was 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 and her maternal great-grandmother was Finnish. 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. 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 currently 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. 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.
|2006||Cyxork 7||Angela LaSalle|
|2007||La misma luna||Sra. Snyder|
|2007||Ladrón que roba a ladrón||Veronica Valdez|
|2008||I Didn't Know Who I Was||Michelle||Short film|
|2010||Hunted by Night||Tania|
|2017||Case Unknown||Claudia Smith||Short film|
|1991||El desprecio||Violeta Velandró||Supporting role|
|1992||Cara sucia||Esterella Montenegro||Protagonist|
|1993||Rosangélica||Rosangélica González Hernández / Elisa Montero||Protagonist|
|1994||María Celeste||María Celeste Paniagua||Protagonist|
|1997||Destino de mujer||Mariana Oropeza||Protagonist|
|2000||Milagros||Milagros De La Torre Vargas / Chachita Vargas||Protagonist|
|2000||Mariú||Coralia Lozada de Gálvez||Co-Protagonist|
|2006||Olvidarte jamás||Luisa Domínguez / Victoria Salinas||Protagonist|
|2007||Acorralada||Fedora "La Gaviota" Garcés Soriano||Supporting role|
|2007–08||Pecados ajenos||Elena Sandoval||Antagonist|
|2009||Vuélveme a querer||Liliana Acosta||Supporting role|
|2010||¿Dónde está Elisa?||Dana Riggs||Protagonist|
|2012||Corazón valiente||Isabel Uriarte de Arroyo||Special Participation|
|2013–14||Marido en alquiler||Griselda Carrasco||Protagonist|
|2014–15||Tierra de reyes||Cayetana Belmonte del Junco||Antagonist / Co-Protagonist|
|2017||Milagros de Navidad||Soledad||Episode: "Adiós soledad" Protagonist|
|2018||Mi familia perfecta||Dakota Johnson||Antagonist|
|2018||Falsa identidad||Fernanda Orozco|
- Latin Pride National Awards (for Outstanding Woman Achievement, 2008)
- Miami Life Award (2011)
- Entrevista a Sonya Smith programa Área Restringida Parte 1 (in Spanish)
- "Sonya Smith's Biography at Biografia DVD"
- Cyxork7 "Interview with Sonya Smith"
- "TELEMUNDO Presents MILAGROS DE NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS MIRACLES), Uplifting Emotional Stories of Hope and Triumph Starting 11/27 at 8PM/7C". broadwayworld.com.
- González, Moisés. "Así es Mi familia perfecta, la nueva telenovela de Telemundo que protagonizan tres actores de El señor de los cielos". peopleenespanol.com (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- González, Moisés. "Sonya Smith sorprende con su nuevo look en su regreso a las telenovelas". peopleenespanol.com (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 22 March 2018.