Sonia Oatley was born in Maesteg into a loving, close knit family. Her Dad, one of ten children, was a coalminer, and had been since the age of fourteen, while her Mam looked after her, her sister and her three brothers.
At the age of sixteen she left school on the Friday and started work on the Monday in a factory making Italian fine porcelain figurines. From there she went on to do various jobs until she had the first of her three children. Rebecca was born in 1995, Jessica in 1997 and Jack in 2002.