Cohan at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
January 7, 1982 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Cohan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during her childhood before moving to her mother's home country of 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. She has a younger stepsister. 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.
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 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.
|2005||The Quiet Assassin||Alessia|
|2006||National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj||Charlotte Higginson|
|2010||Young Alexander the Great||Leto|
|2011||Death Race 2||September Jones|
|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|
|Chuck||Vivian McArthur Volkoff||5 episodes|
|2011–present||The Walking Dead||Maggie Greene||Season 2 (recurring; 12 episodes)
Season 3-present (series regular; 22 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|
- "Lauren Cohan". The New York Times.
- "Lauren Cohan". Jewogle. November 30, 1982. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
- "American Jewish Life Magazine". Ajlmagazine.com. September 4, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
- Q&A - Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) - The Walking Dead - AMC
- "Supernatural's Lauren Cohan Joins ''Death Race: Frankenstein Lives''". Dreadcentral.com. March 2, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
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