After years of playing smaller roles in film and television, Sonequa Martin-Green finally achieved her acting breakthrough when she was cast in the horror drama series The Walking Dead. Her role as Sasha Williams in the long-running series, which ran from 2012 to 2017, helped establish the actress among television audiences and also gave her career a much-needed boost.
In December 2016, Sonequa Martin-Green was announced to become the first black woman to star in the Star Trek series – she was cast in the sci-fi drama series Star Trek: Discovery. Her epic portrayal of the main character of First Officer Michael Burnham in the series’ debut season earned her the 2018 Saturn Prize for Best Actress in a TV Series.
Sonequa Martin-Green Bio (Age)
Sonequa Martin-Green was born on March 21, 1985, in Russellville, Alabama. Her parents are Vera and Charles Martin. She has 4 siblings; 3 older half-sisters and one younger sister. Sonequa received her high school education at the high school in Russellville, Alabama.
As she grew up, Martin-Green dreamed of becoming a psychologist. However, she started acting in the second year and with the 10th grade, her career aspirations changed. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a drama degree in 2007.
Sonequa Martin-Green began her professional acting career while still in college. Although she eventually became famous for her remarkable television roles, this talented actress made her debut in the indie comedy Not Quite Right in 2005. Other roles in a number of independent films followed, after which she finally made her television debut with a guest role as Kiana Richmond in NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intentions (2008).
Martin-Green’s small-screen resume was further enhanced when she received a recurring role as Kanessa Jones in Army Wives (2009), followed by a much larger role as Courtney Wells in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife (2009-2011). The talented actress also starred in the drama films Rivers Wash Over Me (2009) and Yelling to the Sky (2011). In 2012, she played the role of Michelle Terry in the short-lived police trial series NYC 22.
Sonequa Martin-Green, who has made her contribution over the years, received a well-deserved escape role in 2012 when she was cast in the hit zombie apocalypse show The Walking Dead. The actress had initially auditioned for the role of Michonne, which went to Danai Gurira. However, the role of Sasha Williams was created especially for her thanks to then showrunner Glen Mazzara, who was determined to get her on the project. After three successful seasons (3-5), the role of Martin-Green as Sasha Williams was upgraded to a lead role for seasons 6 and 7.
The talented actress, who basked in her newfound fame as a bonafide TV star, also appeared in the series Once Upon a Time (2013), New Girl (2016-17), and as the voice actress in the Disney XD animation Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2017). A few months after completing her five seasons of The Walking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green was given another career-defining role as the lead actress in the high-budget action television series Star Trek: Discovery (2017-present).
Her Husband Kenric Green and Baby
Sonequa Martin-Green is married to the actor and writer Kenric Green. Since they are colleagues from the acting world, it is not surprising that the duo met at the McCarter Theater in Princeton while they were in the play Fetch Clay, Make Man. The couple made the alliance on December 4, 2010.
Martin-Green and her husband also starred in the long-running series The Walking Dead, with the latter playing the supporting role of Scott. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Kenric Justin Green II, on January 10, 2015.
Height – How Tall Is She?
Thanks to her father, who was an avid martial artist, Sonequa Martin-Green developed a passion for physical fitness early on. By the age of 5, she and her sister were doing regular punches and push-ups in bed.
During her studies, the actress was certified as a stage fighter by the Society of American Fight Directors. In addition to regular physical exercise, the Walking Dead actress also has strict control over her diet. Sonequa Martin-Green stands at a height of 164 cm (4½) and has an enviable physique as she maintains a bodyweight of 54 kg (119 lb).