Sonia Ben Ammar

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Sonia Ben Ammar
Born (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 25)
Paris, France
EducationUniversity of Southern California
Berklee College of Music (BMus)
  • Model
  • singer
  • actress
Years active2012–present
RelativesWassila Ben Ammar (paternal great-aunt)
Habib Bourguiba (paternal great-uncle)

Sonia Ben Ammar (born 19 February 1999),[1] also credited as Sonia Ammar, is a French-Tunisian[2] model, singer, and actress, who is signed with IMG Models. She has appeared on several magazine covers, including Vanity Fair and L'Officiel.

Ben Ammar released her debut extended play Sonia (2019) to positive reviews from critics. She played the role of Liv McKenzie in the slasher film Scream (2022), which was a critical and commercial success.

Early life[edit]

Sonia Ben Ammar was born in Paris, France,[3] on 19 February 1999.[citation needed] She is the daughter of a famous Tunisian film producer Tarak Ben Ammar and actress Beata (née Sonczuk).[4] Her mother is of Polish descent,[3] while her Tunisian-born father is of paternal Berber and maternal Corsican descent. He was raised Muslim; his own mother converted to Islam from Catholicism.[5][6][7] Her paternal great-aunt (paternal grandfather's sister) Wassila Ben Ammar was the wife of the first President of Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba.[5]

She graduated from the American School of Paris and started attending the University of Southern California in fall 2017.[8]


In 2012, Ben Ammar made her acting debut in a role in the stage musical 1789: Les Amants de la Bastille.[9] In 2013, she appeared in the film Jappeloup.

In 2016, she signed with IMG Models and has since modeled for Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera, Topshop, Nina Ricci and Chanel.[10][11][12][13] She has also appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Love, and L'Officiel.[8][12]

Ben Ammar made her musical debut as a featured artist in Petit Biscuit's song "Creation Come Alive" in 2017.[14][15] Two years later, Ben Ammar released her debut single "Joyride",[16] which served as the lead track of her debut extended play, Sonia, which was released in November 2019 and earned positive reviews from critics.[17][18][19] Paper magazine wrote that she was "fitting nicely into the dark-pop scene" and went on to compare her to the likes of Halsey and Banks.[20]

In September 2020, it was announced that Ben Ammar would star as Liv McKenzie in the fifth Scream feature film (2022), which was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.[21][22][23] To prepare for the role, she told Vogue Arabia that she "rewatched every interview and really got into my character. It’s funny, I actually read the script so many times and knew everyone else’s scenes by heart. This was an ongoing joke on-set."[24] The film was released on 14 January 2022 to critical and commercial success.



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Jappeloup Raphaëlle Dalio (young)
2022 Scream Olivia "Liv" McKenzie [n 1]
2023 The Equalizer 3 Chiara Bonucci [25]


Year Production Role Location
2012–2013 1789: Les Amants de la Bastille Ensemble / Charlotte Palais des Sports


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details


Title Year Album
"Joyride" 2019 Sonia
"I Don't Know"

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"By My Side"
(Black Atlass featuring Sonia Ben Ammar)
2020 Dream Awake

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Creation Come Alive"[15]
(Petit Biscuit featuring Sonia Ben Ammar)
2017 Presence


  1. ^ Ben Ammar also dubbed her role in the European French dubbing of the film.


  1. ^ "Barbara Palvin, Estella Boersma y Sonia Ben, las nuevas supermodelos". (in Spanish). 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ "6 choses à savoir sur Sonia Ben Ammar". 8 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b Ben Ammar, Sonia. "For anyone who feels lost in translation... hopefully this helps a bit. I was born & raised in Paris but my father is Tunisian & my mother…". Instagram. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  4. ^ Bhoyrul, Anil (1 November 2017). "INTERVIEW: November Cover Star Sonia Ben Ammar Is The Face Of A New Generation". Harper's Bazaar Arabia. Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b Rachdi, Rahma (31 July 2012). "Interview: Tarak Ben Ammar - Arab Film Producer and Distributor". Arabian Gazette. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  6. ^ Serafini, Dom (November 2003). "Tarak Ben Ammar: The Great Negotiator". Video Age International. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  7. ^ Pons, Giovanni (26 May 2008). "Tarak Ben Ammar il Grande Tessitore tra politica, cinema e tv" [Tarak Ben Ammar the Great Weaver between politics, cinema and TV]. (in Italian). Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  8. ^ a b Okwudu, Janelle (20 June 2017). "Sonia Ben Ammar Went From Dolce & Gabbana's Runway to Graduation in 48 Hours". Vogue. Archived from the original on 21 June 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ Duverger, Sarah (4 April 2017). "Qui est Sonia Ben Ammar?" [Who is Sonia Ben Ammar?]. Glamour (Paris) (in French). Archived from the original on 24 March 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  10. ^ Cenea, Laia (5 August 2017). "La revolución de las modelos bajitas". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  11. ^ Allen, Kelly (5 December 2017). "Topshop enlists rising stars for a new Christmas song (& we love it)". Glamour. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  12. ^ a b Anastasiou, Zoe (20 July 2018). "Who is Anwar Hadid's New Love Interest Sonia Ben Ammar?". Elle Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  13. ^ Ghanem, Khaoula (28 May 2017). "Meet Sonia Ben Ammar: The Tunisian Model Who Lit Up Cannes". Vogue Arabia. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  14. ^ "French-Tunisian singer Sonia Ben Ammar cameos in new music video". Arab News. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  15. ^ a b Garden, Sarah (19 April 2018). "Sonia Ben Ammar Performs Live at Coachella". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  16. ^ Aniftos, Rania (26 September 2019). "Sonia Unveils Dreamy 'Joyride' Music Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  17. ^ "French Singer Sonia Ben Ammar On Mixing Her Style, Her Music, and More". Teen Vogue. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  18. ^ "5 Sonia Ben Ammar Tracks You Need to Listen To". Mille World. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  19. ^ Aniftos, Rania (26 September 2019). "NEWS: Sonia Unveils Dreamy 'Joyride' Music Video". Billboard.
  20. ^ "SONIA's 'Games' Is a Mind-Bending Dark Pop Maze". 29 October 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  21. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (17 September 2020). "'Sonia Ammar Joins Cast of 'Scream 5,' Set to Start Shooting Later This Month (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  22. ^ "Sonia Ben Ammar celebrates as 'Scream' wraps filming". 22 November 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  23. ^ Pullar, Jessica (11 January 2022). "Model By Day, Horror Movie Star By Night: How 'Scream' Star Sonia Ben Ammar Juggles Both". Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  24. ^ Minthe, Caterina (14 January 2022). "Sonia Ammar Talks About Her New Movie: 'Scream was my childhood'". Vogue Arabia. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  25. ^ Grobar, Matt (23 November 2022). "'The Equalizer 3' Adds Six To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  26. ^ a b Kaplan, Ilana (29 October 2019). "SONIA's 'Games' Is a Mind-Bending Dark Pop Maze". Paper. Retrieved 17 December 2020.

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