Winter Ave Zoli is an American actress and model, best known for her role as Lyla Winston in FX's TV series Sons of Anarchy.
An American of Slovak descent, Zoli was born in New Hope, Pennsylvania. At the age of 11, she moved with her family to Prague, Czech Republic, where she was able to fully plant her Czech roots from her father's side of the family. She studied at middle school and high school at the International School of Prague. She studied ballet but after developing a love for the stage and the craft of acting she moved on to musical theater.
She began working professionally at 13 and developed her resume through acting opportunities on European and American productions that came through Prague. At 17, she attended the Carnegie-Mellon summer school theater program and, at 19, enrolled in the Atlantic Theater Company acting school in New York City, founded by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy.
After graduating from the professional program, Winter moved to Los Angeles. She appeared in the 2007 film Sex and Death 101 as Alexis the fast food beauty. She held the main role of legendary Libuše in the 2009 Czech film The Pagan Queen. Winter gained further international recognition with her main role as Lyla Winston on the hit American TV series Sons of Anarchy. She posed nude on Playboy magazine's March 2011 edition commenting that "nudity is not a problem for [her]".
Zoli resides in Los Angeles. She enjoys horse back riding, yoga, and running in the canyons of Los Angeles.