Lauren Cohan

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Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born(1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 32)
United States[1]
CitizenshipAmerican, British
Alma materUniversity of Winchester
Years active2005–present
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Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born(1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 32)
United States[1]
CitizenshipAmerican, British
Alma materUniversity of Winchester
Years active2005–present

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an American-born English actress.[2]

Cohan is known for her roles as Bela Talbot on Supernatural and Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead. She is also known for her recurring roles on The Vampire Diaries and Chuck.

Early life[edit]

Cohan was born on January 7, 1982 to an American father[3] and Scottish mother, Susan.[4] Sources have listed Cohan's birthplace as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[2][5] but Cohan has stated in interviews that she was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.[4][6][7][8] She is of Scottish, Irish, and Norwegian descent.[5] Her mother is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, but moved to the United States when she was 17.[4][9]

Cohan lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during her childhood before moving to her mother's home country, the United Kingdom when she was 13.[10] The family settled in Surrey.[5] When Cohan's mother remarried, she adopted her new husband's surname, Cohan, and converted to Judaism. Cohan was also raised in her stepfather's religion, Judaism, from age 5 and had a Bat Mitzvah.[11][12] She has five younger siblings,[13] including a younger stepsister.[14] Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester, where she studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theatre company she co-founded at the university. Cohan then split her time and work between London and Los Angeles, California, working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.



Cohan's major movie debut was the 2005 film Casanova as Sister Beatrice. In 2006, she starred in the sequel to National Lampoon's Van Wilder, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj playing the role of Charlotte Higginson. Her next role was in the 2007 film Float. In February 2010 she was cast in Death Race 2, along with co-stars Sean Bean and Danny Trejo.[15]


Cohan was cast in season three of Supernatural as Bela Talbot, a thief, appearing in six episodes, who procures valuable supernatural objects and sells them to very rich and possibly very powerful people in the supernatural world. Bela was not received well by fans due to her conniving behavior, antagonistic self-centeredness, and consistent attempts to try to get the lead characters, the Winchester brothers, killed. The character was written out/killed off in the penultimate episode of season three.

She played the recurring character Rose, a 560-year-old vampire, in The Vampire Diaries. In 2011, she joined the television series Chuck for a handful of episodes in a recurring role playing Vivian Volkoff, a "charming, sophisticated socialite" from the United Kingdom, and the daughter of primary villain, Alexei Volkoff.

Cohan at the True Blood party in 2013

She has also guest starred on shows such as Modern Family, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Life, Archer, and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Cohan starred in a pilot for The CW called Heavenly in which she played the lead character, an attorney who teams up with an angel; however, it was not picked up as a series.

She was cast in the second season of the AMC television series The Walking Dead based on the comic book series of the same name, in the recurring role of Maggie Greene. She was promoted to the main cast in the third season.



2005The Quiet AssassinAlessia
CasanovaSister Beatrice
2006National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of TajCharlotte Higginson
2008FloatEmily Fulton
2010Young Alexander the GreatLeto
2011Death Race 2September Jones
2014Reach MeKate


2007The Bold and the BeautifulForrester Creations Employee1 episode
2007–2008SupernaturalBela Talbot6 episodes
2008ValentineJoanna ClayEpisode: "Pilot"
2009LifeJackie RolderEpisode: "Initiative 38"
2010Modern FamilyReceptionistEpisode: "Unplugged"
Cold CaseRachel Malone '86Episode: "One Fall"
CSI: NYMeredith MuirEpisode: "Flag on the Play"
2010–2012The Vampire DiariesRose6 episodes
ChuckVivian McArthur Volkoff5 episodes
2011–presentThe Walking DeadMaggie GreeneSeason 2 (recurring; 12 episodes)
Season 3-present (series regular; 22 episodes)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
2012Childrens HospitalLulu PrattEpisode: "British Hospital
2013Law and Order: Special Victims UnitAvery JordanEpisode: "Legitimate Rape"
2014ArcherJuliana Calderon (voice)4 episodes
2014Tim & Eric's Bedtime StoriesStephanieEpisode: "The Bathroom Boys"

Video games[edit]

2014DestinyExo Stranger


  1. ^ Sources have stated that she was born in Philadelphia, but Cohan has said she was born in New Jersey. See here and here.
  2. ^ a b "Lauren Cohan". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Ellen Gray: Jersey Girl at heart?". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Cohan, Lauren (11 March 2014). Lauren Cohan Ferguson interview - March 2014. Interview with Craig Ferguson. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Hiltbrand, David (24 November 2013). "Lauren Cohan of 'Walking Dead' sticks it to zombies". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Cohan, Lauren (27 March 2014). "The Walking Dead's" Lauren Cohan Tries Out Accents With Pete. Interview with Pete Holmes. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Cohan, Lauren (11 October 2013). Lauren Cohan @ "The Covino & Rich Show" (Sirius XM Radio) pt. I - October 11th, 2013.. Interview with The Covino & Rich Show. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Cohan, Lauren (12 October 2012). Lauren Cohan on NERDIST - Her accent & relationship advice. (Podcast by Chris Hardwick) - Part 1. Interview with Chris Hardwick. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Cohan, Lauren (30 March 2014). Sam Roberts & Lauren Cohan- Walking Dead, Governor, Last Episodes, & more. Interview with Sam Roberts. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Gomez, Luis (11 March 2014). "Interview: 'Walking Dead' has it all for Lauren Cohan". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lauren Cohan". Jewogle. 30 November 1982. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fall TV Preview: Lauren Cohan". American Jewish Life Magazine. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Interview: Lauren Cohan talks The Walking Dead". 24 February 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Q&A - Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) - The Walking Dead - AMC
  15. ^ "Supernatural's Lauren Cohan Joins ''Death Race: Frankenstein Lives''". 2 March 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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