Birth Name: Sônia Maria Campos Braga
Place of Birth: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
Date of Birth: 8 June, 1950
Ethnicity: Brazilian [Portuguese, African, Indigenous, possibly other]
Sônia Braga is a Brazilian actress. She was born in Maringá, Paraná, the daughter of Hélio Fernando Ferraz Braga and Maria Jaci Campos. Her niece, her sister’s daughter, is actress Alice Braga. Sônia was raised between Curitiba, Paraná, and Campinas, São Paulo, and moved to the U.S in 1985. She is also a U.S. citizen.
Her father is said to have Portuguese and African ancestry. Her mother has Indigenous and Portuguese heritage.
Ebony Magazine Edition in its February 1991 issue wrote of Sônia, “…the acclaimed actress who is recognized around the world as White, is among the cultural exports Afro-Brazilians claim as their own.”
Sônia’s paternal grandfather was Alonso de Carvalho Braga (the son of Américo Pedroso Braga and Francisca Carvalho). Alonso was mayor of the municipality of Tupã, São Paulo. Tupã’s stadium is named after him.
Sônia’s maternal grandfather was named Boaventura Avelar Campos.
Sônia’s maternal grandmother was Ana Maria da Cunha (the daughter of Silvestre José da Cunha and Delfina Maria do Carmo). Ana was born in São Paulo. Silvestre was born in São Paulo, the son of Firmino José da Cunha and Joanna Maria Conceição. Delfina was born in São Paulo, the daughter of Rafael Pinto de Godoy and Joanna Delfina de Camargo.
One of Sônia’s ancestors, her five times great-grandfather Francisco Gonçalves Dultra, was born on São Jorge Island, Azores, Portugal.