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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 July 1958London, England, UK
Birth NameTonya Maxine Williams
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in London, UK, she is an only child of Lloyd G. Williams a now deceased Supreme Court Justice of the British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts, and Korah H. Williams a retired Registered Nurse. Both Tonya's parents are Jamaican, but met in the UK at University and married there. When Tonya was 1 1/2 years old, she and her parents moved to Kingston, Jamaica where her father set up practice. At the age of 4 1/2 while in Jamaica she contracted Rheumatic Fever and was hospitalized for 6 months. Shortly after that her parents divorced and her Mother returned to the UK with her. They lived in Birmingham, UK where Tonya attended the private schools York House and then Greenmoore College. When she was 12 years old her Mother emigrated them to Oshawa, Canada, a city just outside of Toronto. It was during High School that Tonya began her career as an actress. At the age of 16 she booked her first TV commercial for the Bank of Nova Scotia and shortly after that she was on the Milk 'Wear A Moustache' commercial which catapulted her into a national campaign across Canada and made her a household name. After High School she enrolled at Ryerson University Drama Program in Toronto.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tonya Williams

Spouse (1)

Robert Simpson (1983 - 1991) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Graduated from Ryerson University's Theatre School in Toronto.
Parents were from Jamaica. Her mother was a Registered Nurse (now retired), her father was a Supreme Court Justice for British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts, and served a five-year term as a judge on the United Nations tribunal trying war crimes cases committed during the Rwanda civil war.
Was crowned "Miss Black Ontario" in 1977.
Former model for Eaton's catalogues
She appeared regularly back in the 1970s on the dance show called "Boogie" which aired on CityTV.
Honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Her middle name is not "Lee". When she joined the Screen Actors Guild she was informed that there were already five actresses named Tonya Williams on record and that she had to either change her first name or add a middle name. Since her legal middle name of Maxine Gwendolyn was too long, she came up with "Lee" in seconds, thinking she could change it later. However, one job led to another and before long the industry knew her as\\t Tonya Lee Williams--she she has said that she would still like to lose the "Lee".
Founder of ReelWorld Film Festival, in Toronto, Canada. The festival screens features, shorts, documentaries, animation and music videos, about or by Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and multi-racial communities.
She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
President of production company Wilbo Entertainment, based in Toronto, Canada and Los Angles, USA.
She was born in London, UK. Her family moved to Jamaica when she was one year old. At age 4-1/2 she contracted rheumatic fever and was bedridden for six months. She and her mother moved back to England when she was five and settled in Birmingham. When she was 12 they moved to Oshawa, Canada.

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