• Shannyn Sossamon is an actress born in 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
• She is of mixed Hawaiian, Filipino, English, German, French, Dutch, and Irish ancestry.
• She gained fame for her roles in films such as "A Knight's Tale" (2001), "40 Days and 40 Nights" (2002), and "One Missed Call" (2008).
• She is also a musician, having played in the rock band Warpaint and writing her own songs.
• She has a net worth of $3 million and has a committed relationship with the father of her second child.

Short Info

Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthOctober 3, 1978
FactBorn in Hawaii but grew up in Nevada.

Who is actress Shannyn Sossamon?

Born Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon on the 3rd October 1978, in Honolulu, Hawaii USA, she is an actress, best known to the world from playing Erica Sutton in the romantic comedy film “40 Days and 40 Nights” (2002), as Coraline/Morgan in the TV fantasy-drama series “Moonlight” (2007-2008), then as Beth Raymond in the horror film “One Missed Call” (2008), and most recently as Theresa Burke in the TV sci-fi mystery drama series “Wayward Pines” (2015-2016), among many other roles.


Early Life, Family, and Education

Of very mixed Hawaiian, Filipino, English, German, French, Dutch and Irish ancestry, Shannyn is the daughter of Sherry Sossamon, and her ex-husband Todd Lindberg; her parents divorced when Shannyn was only five years old, but not before she got a little sister, Jenny Lee Lindberg, now a successful musician. She grew up in Reno, Nevada, raised by her mother and her step father, Randy Goldman, who was a salesman and manager of an auto dealership. Shannyn went to Galena High School, from which she matriculated in 1995 and immediately moved to Los Angeles with a couple of friends, where she started attending dance lessons.

Career Beginnings

Parallel with dance, Shannyn started DJing across the Los Angeles area, but it was her modeling work that put her on the map. She started with Sassy Magazine, American Eagle Outfitters, and Planned Parenthood, and then featured in two commercials for Gap, while she also got a gig to appear in videos for such artists as The Goo Goo Dolls, Cher, Daft Punk, and others. Although she studied dance, Shannyn never wanted to become a professional dancer, but just loves dancing, then her work as a DJ brought her to a party of Gwyneth Paltrow’s brother, where she was spotted by casting director Francine Maisler.

Once she had an agent, Shannyn started auditioning, and in 2001 was cast in her first prominent role as Jocelyn in the romantic action adventure “A Knight’s Tale”, directed by Brian Helgeland, and starring Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, and Rufus Sewell. She was chosen for the role in competition with Kate Hudson, and after the premiere received mixed critiques, but the role also got her an MTV Movie Award nomination as a Breakthrough Female Performance, and Teen Choice Award nomination as well, in the category Choice Breakout Performance. She continued successfully with the part of Erica Sutton in the romantic comedy film “40 Days and 40 Nights” (2002), starring next to Josh Hartnett, for which she received rave, while her net worth increased to a large degree, as the film grossed almost $100 million at the box office from a modest budget.

Rise to Prominence

Throughout the 2000s, Shannyn starred in a number of successful films, which made her one of the leading ladies and popular across the globe. In 2002 she starred in Roger Avary’s romantic comedy “The Rules of Attraction”, co-starring James Van Der Beek, and Ian Somerhalder, while in 2003 she again teamed up with actor Heath Ledger and director Brian Helgeland, this time in the film “The Order”. Shannyn then had a two-year hiatus as she became pregnant, but once she returned to the scene, she featured in the horror thriller film “Devour” in 2005, and in the same year starred in the romantic comedy “Undiscovered”, also in 2005, while in 2006 she had a notable role in the fantasy comedy-drama “Wristcutters: A Love Story”, directed by Goran Dukic, and starring Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, and Tom Waits. The film was a complete success, and Shannyn once again received rave reviews for her performance, followed by lead roles in two horror film – “Catacombs” in 2007, and “One Missed Call” in 2008, but both films drew poor reviews.

Career Decline

After the negative reviews, Shannyn started appearing in indie films, such as “Life Is Hot In Cracktown” (2009), “Road to Nowhere” (2010), and “The End of Love” in 2012. She bounced back with the role of Pandora in the TV series “Sleepy Hollow” (2015-2016), and as Theresa Burke in the TV series “Wayward Pines”.

An Accomplished Musician

In addition to acting, Shannyn is also a proficient musician; she plays guitar and drums, and was in the rock band Warpaint, with her sister, Jenny Lee Lindberg. However, she contributed only to the EP “Exquisite Corpse”, released in 2008, before leaving the band. Since then, she has been focused on her acting career, though she has been writing songs on her own, but without time or desire to record any new material, either solo or with a band.

Shannyn Sossamon Net Worth

Since launching her career in the late ‘90s, Shannyn has come a long way from a simple girl to a star actress. So far, she has featured in more than 35 film and TV titles, contributing considerably to her net worth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Shannyn Sossamon is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Sossamon’s net worth is as high as $3 million, while her annual salary amounts $355,000. Some of her most successful films include “A Knight’s Tale”, “One Missed Call”, and “Sinister 2”, among other projects.

Life Behind the Scene

In 2003 Shannyn became pregnant with her boyfriend of one year, Dallas Clayton, and gave birth to their son, Audio Science Clayton that year, but she subsequently broke up with Clayton, a famed children’s book author and illustrator. In 2011, Shannyn gave birth to her second child, Mortimer, but she never revealed the identity of the boy’s father, though in 2015 stated that she is in a committed relationship with Mortimer’s dad.

Internet Popularity

She isn’t much of a fan of social media networks, however, she has built a decent following on Instagram, as her official account has more than 44,000 followers. Her feed is full of pictures of her and her children, but has also showcased her interest in various things. If you are interested, you can check it all here, and become a fan of this successful actress.

General Info

Full NameShannyn Sossamon
Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthOctober 3, 1978
Height1.72 m
Weight118 lbs
ProfessionMusician, Actor, Dancer, Model, Disc jockey, Drummer
EducationGalena High School


ChildrenAudio Science Clayton, Mortimer Sossamon
ParentsSherry Sossamon, Todd Lindberg
SiblingsJenny Lee Lindberg
PartnerDallas Clayton


AwardsYoung Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance - Female
Music GroupsWarpaint
NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Female, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller
MoviesA Knight's Tale, Sinister 2, The Rules of Attraction, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Wristcutters: A Love Story, One Missed Call, The Order, The Holiday, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Life Is Hot in Cracktown, The End of Love, Road to Nowhere, Undiscovered, Our Family Wedding, Catacombs, Fight for Your Right Revisit...
TV ShowsHow to Make It in America, Moonlight, Dirt, Wayward Pines, Sleepy Hollow

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12001: Appeared in the music video for "God Gave Me Everything" by Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz.
2Sister of Jenny Lee Lindberg who plays bass guitar in the band Warpaint.
3She played drums for the first album of the band Warpaint and directed the video "Undertow".
4Gave birth to her second son, Mortimer, in December 2011. Child's father is her 2nd ex-boyfriend.
5Served on on the Feature Jury at the 2010 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
61995: As an adolescent, she added the "y" in her first name.
7Is of French, Dutch, English, Irish, Hawaiian, Filipino and German descent. Her maternal grandmother is of Hawaiian and Filipino descent, and her maternal grandfather is of English and German ancestry.
8Beat out Kate Hudson for the role of Lady Jocelyn in A Knight's Tale (2001).
92002: Was featured as #33 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement.
102002: Ranked #55 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World".
11She gave birth to her first child, a son with children's book author and her ex-boyfriend Dallas Clayton named Audio Science Clayton, born on May 29, 2003.
12Was with her friend, who deejayed for Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow's joint birthday party in Hollywood, when discovered by Brian Helgeland, director of A Knight's Tale (2001). Was in three commercials before being in the movies.
13Born in Hawaii but grew up in Nevada.




The Jesuit2015post-production
Man Without a Headpost-productionHazel
Sleepy Hollow2015-2016TV SeriesPandora
Sinister 22015Courtney Collins
Wayward Pines2015TV SeriesTheresa Burke
Over the Garden Wall2014TV Mini-SeriesLorna
Mistresses2013TV SeriesAlex
Hitman: Absolution2012Video GameJade
The End of Love2012Lydia
The Cyclist2012/IIShortGirl
The Day2011/IShannon
Fight for Your Right Revisited2011ShortCafé Patron
Road to Nowhere2010/ILaurel Graham / Velma Duran
The Heavy2010Claire
How to Make It in America2010TV SeriesGingy Wu
Our Family Wedding2010Ashley McPhee
Life Is Hot in Cracktown2009Concetta
Moonlight2007-2008TV SeriesCoraline / Morgan
One Missed Call2008Beth Raymond
Dirt2007TV SeriesKira Klay
The Holiday2006Maggie
Wristcutters: A Love Story2006Mikal
Chasing Ghosts2005Taylor Spencer
The Double2005ShortMelanie
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang2005Pink Hair Girl
I Hate You2005ShortJo
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesMyra Denning
The Order2003Mara Sinclair
Wholey Moses2003ShortMax
The Rules of Attraction2002Lauren Hynde
40 Days and 40 Nights2002Erica Sutton
A Knight's Tale2001Jocelyn
Mr. Show with Bob and David1997TV SeriesFashion Model / Girl / Trophy Presenter


How to Be a Lady2015TV Mini-Series 1 episode announced


How to Be a Lady2015TV Mini-Series 1 episode announced


Siren2010/IIIwriter: "Elephants" - as Shannon Sossamon


Venice 70: Future Reloaded2013DocumentaryWoman (segment "Vive L'Amour")
Cannes Film Festival 20102010TV MovieHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2007TV SeriesHerself
The Work of Director Mark Romanek2005Video documentaryHerself (segment "God Gave Me Everything")
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002TV SeriesHerself
Korn: Deuce2002Video documentaryLab Assistant (segment "Make Me Bad")
Sexy Armor and a Rock Band on Tour2001Video documentary shortHerself
The Rules of Love2001Video documentary shortHerself
Anatomy of a Scene2001TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHerself
VH1: All Access2003TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2002Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBreakthrough Performance - Female

Nominated Awards

2008Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: Horror/ThrillerOne Missed Call (2008)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Female PerformanceA Knight's Tale (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissA Knight's Tale (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Musical SequenceA Knight's Tale (2001)
2002Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice Chemistry40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice Breakout PerformanceA Knight's Tale (2001)
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ChemistryA Knight's Tale (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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