Sonia Kruger, an Australian television presenter, actress, dancer, and media personality, has made her mark in the industry for over two decades. With an impressive career spanning year, Kruger continues to shine as a prominent figure in the media landscape. Currently, she captivates audiences as a presenter on The Voice Australia.
Height- 1.73 m
Born- 28 August 1965
Birthplace – Toowoomba, Australia
Full name-Sonia Melissa Kruger
Profession-TV Presenter, Actor, Dancer, Media Personality
Spouse-James Davies (m. 2002–2008)
Sonia Kruger’s parents are Adrian Kruger and Margaret Kruger. Adrian Lewis Kruger, beloved father of Sonia Kruger. Adrian, formerly of Tamborine and Waterford, and late of Oxenford, peacefully departed after a courageous battle with a prolonged illness on June 4th, 2015. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Kruger entered matrimony with James Davies, a British-born banker, and their union lasted for a span of six years from 2002 to 2008. However, their marriage eventually came to an end in September 2008. Following the dissolution of her marital relationship.
Kruger embarked on a new romantic journey with Craig McPherson, who currently serves as the executive producer of Today Tonight.
Despite Craig having six children from a previous relationship, Sonia, who had a strong desire to experience motherhood, faced a challenging journey towards achieving her dream due to her age of 45, which posed difficulties in conceiving. They overcame Sonia’s difficulty conceiving at 45 and successfully had a daughter named Maggie through an egg donation when Sonia was 48.
she attended Beenleigh State High School, completing Year 12 in 1982.
In 1992, Kruger rose to fame with her first acting role as “Tina Sparkle” in the critically acclaimed film Strictly Ballroom, which won an AFI Award. She also served as a ballroom adviser for the film. This remains her only acting role to date.
Following her film debut, she hosted the children’s variety show Wonder World! on the Nine Network.
Kruger became an entertainment reporter for several Seven Network shows, including Today Tonight, Sunrise, and 11AM. She also co-hosted the morning program on the Sydney-based radio station Mix 106.5 with Dancing with the Stars judges Todd McKenney and Andy Grace.
In 2004, Kruger joined the Seven Network’s reality dance competition series Dancing with the Stars as a co-host, alongside Daryl Somers and later Daniel MacPherson. She remained with the show for eleven seasons. In September 2008, she was confirmed as the host of the Seven Network’s makeover reality show 10 Years Younger in 10 Days. However, the series was not renewed for a second season despite its high ratings premiere.
In November 2011, Kruger announced her departure from Dancing with the Stars and the Seven Network to pursue other opportunities. She signed a development deal with the Nine Network and was confirmed as the host of her own daytime talk show called Mornings, which premiered in February 2012. The show later rebranded as Today Extra and continued until 2016.
Kruger was then announced as the host of the Nine Network’s reboot of the competition reality series Big Brother Australia, replacing the previous hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O. The ninth season of Big Brother premiered in August 2012 and achieved high ratings.
In 2015, Kruger joined the fourth series of The Voice Australia as a co-host with Darren McMullen. She also co-hosted Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight in 2017.
In 2018, Kruger became a presenter on the Nine Network’s travel series Helloworld but was later replaced for the second season. In November 2019, she announced her resignation from the Nine Network and joined the Seven Network, where she hosted Today Extra for the last time in November. She was confirmed to host the reality show Mega Mini Golf.
In 2020, Kruger was announced as the host of the revival of Big Brother and later also hosted the show Holey Moley. In 2021, she hosted The Voice after the franchise moved to Seven Network. Kruger is currently co-hosting Channel 7’s Dancing with The Stars: All Stars, alongside her original co-host Daryl Somers.
In 2008, while participating in an episode of Dancing with the Stars, Kruger made a remark about a group of “sweat shop of illegal immigrants” working on her wardrobe for the Melbourne Cup carnival. She then addressed the show’s musical director, Chong Lim, who was of Malaysian origin, asking about his family, stating, “How’s the family, Chong? All right?” Channel 7 later issued an apology for her statement.
On 18 July 2016, during an appearance on the morning show Today, Kruger called for a complete ban on Muslims entering Australia, expressing agreement with an opinion piece written by commentator Andrew Bolt. Kruger defended her comments by stating that she believed it was important in a democratic society to be able to discuss such issues without being labeled racist. However, it should be noted that the firebombing of a Perth radio station, initially linked to the presenters disagreeing with Kruger’s views in media reports, was later determined by the police to be coincidental and unrelated to the Islam discussion.
A complaint of racial vilification was filed against Kruger for her statement regarding Muslim immigration. The Nine Network sought to have the complaint dismissed without a hearing, but their request was denied. The complaint was filed by Sam Ekermawi, who was described by The Daily Telegraph as a “serial offence-taker.” It was revealed during the proceedings that Ekermawi had been involved in thirty-two hearings before courts and tribunals. The case proceeded for directions in June 2018.
She gained fame as the host of Big Brother Australia and co-host of Dancing with the Stars in Australia. She also appeared in the film Strictly Ballroom and co-hosted the breakfast program Today Extra. Additionally, she reported on various events like the Olympics, Melbourne Cup, and Australian Open during her time at the Seven Network.
Net Worth 2023
As of June 1, 2023, Sonia Kruger’s net worth is $8 Million.
Latest News About Sonia Kruger
Gold Logie Award Nomination:2023
“Veteran TV presenter Sonia Kruger can’t help but show her playful side as she celebrates her Gold Logie nomination with a cheeky Instagram post. This marks her second consecutive nomination for the prestigious award, following last year’s close call when Hamish Blake took home the prize.”