Sam Jenkins was born October 18, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Kevin Sorbo on January 5, 1998 and they have three children: Braeden, Shane and Octavia. Sam and Kevin homeschooled all of their children, and Sam has written a book on the subject and has publicly encouraged the practice of homeschooling. She also co-wrote True Faith with Kevin, a memoir on their life, and it's a sequel to Kevin's book, True Strength. As an actress, she appeared in shows such as SeaquestDSV, JAG, Chicago Hope, and Diagnosis: Murder.
She appeared in 6 episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. She first played Kirin in "Prince Hercules". She and Kevin met for the first time while working that episode. Sam later played Serena in "Encounter," "Judgment Day," "When a Man Loves a Woman," and "My Best Girl's Wedding". She made a final appearance, in "Be Deviled", as a malevolent being who assumed Serena's form. Sam declined to return as Serena for "The End of the Beginning" as she detested the heavy makeup required for the role, but was happy to come back for the later appearances.
She was credited as Sam Sorbo for "My Best Girl's Wedding" and "Be Deviled".
She would also work with Kevin on Andromeda, where she again played his love interest. She starred with him in the films, Let There be Light (2017) and Miracle in East Texas (2019), which Kevin directed. Sam was a producer on both films, and co-wrote Let There be Light with Dan Gordon. She also starred with Kevin in Storm Rider (2013).