Cohan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
January 7, 1982 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, writer, producer|
Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an American-born English actress. She is best known for her roles as Bela Talbot on Supernatural, Rose on The Vampire Diaries, Vivian Volkoff on Chuck, and Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead.
Lauren Cohan was born in New Jersey. 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 Lauren's Scottish 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 5 younger half siblings. 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.
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. It was the head of the CW who requested a second female lead be added to the show. 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 3.
She is also known for playing 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; 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||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|
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- "American Jewish Life Magazine". Ajlmagazine.com. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- "Supernatural's Lauren Cohan Joins ''Death Race: Frankenstein Lives''". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
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