Lauren Cohan

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Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Website
www.laurencohan.com

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an American-born English actress. She 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 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during her childhood before moving to her mother's home country, the United Kingdom, in her teens. When Cohan's [English] mother remarried she adopted her new husband's surname (Cohan) and converted to Judaism. Lauren was also raised in her stepfather's religion, Judaism, from age 5 and had a Bat Mitzvah.[1][2] She has a younger stepsister.[3] Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester, where she studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theater 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.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

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.[4]

Television[edit]

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. It was the head of the CW who requested a second female lead be added to the show.[citation needed] To accommodate this, Kripke made the originally planned recurring character of Bela to be a prominent character. Kripke placed her along with Katie Cassidy, who was cast as Ruby. 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; 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 The Quiet Assassin Alessia
Casanova Sister Beatrice
2006 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Charlotte Higginson
2008 Float Emily Fulton
2010 Young Alexander the Great Leto
Practical Lauren
Disturbed Claire
2011 Death Race 2 September Jones
2014 Reach Me Kate

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations Employee 1 episode
2007–2008 Supernatural Bela Talbot 6 episodes
2008 Valentine Joanna Clay Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Life Jackie Rolder Episode: "Initiative 38"
2010 Modern Family Receptionist Episode: "Unplugged"
Cold Case Rachel Malone '86 Episode: "One Fall"
CSI: NY Meredith Muir Episode: "Flag on the Play"
2010–2012 The Vampire Diaries Rose 6 episodes
2011 Heavenly Lily Pilot
Chuck Vivian McArthur Volkoff 5 episodes
2011–present The Walking Dead Maggie Greene 34 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
2012 Childrens Hospital Lulu Pratt Episode: "British Hospital
2013 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Avery Jordan Episode: "Legitimate Rape"
2014 Archer Juliana Calderon (voice) 4 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lauren Cohan". Jewogle. 1982-11-30. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  2. ^ "American Jewish Life Magazine". Ajlmagazine.com. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  3. ^ Q&A - Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) - The Walking Dead - AMC
  4. ^ "Supernatural's Lauren Cohan Joins ''Death Race: Frankenstein Lives''". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 

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