Sonequa Martin-Green was born in Russellville, Alabama. She had initially planned to become a psychologist before deciding to pursue a career in acting when she was in the tenth grade. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in theatre, Sonequa is an American actress and producer. Martin-Green is best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead (2012 - 2017) and as Tamara in Once Upon a Time (2013). Prior to this, she had starred in several independent films before gaining her first recurring role as Courtney Wells on The Good Wife (2009 - 2011). She plays the lead role as Michael Burnham in the series Star Trek: Discovery 2017.