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]
Citizenship American, British
Alma mater University of Winchester
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an American-born Scottish 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.



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


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 Season 2 (recurring; 12 episodes)
Season 3-present (series regular; 23 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
2014 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Stephanie Episode: "The Bathroom Boys"

Video games[edit]

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

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