Lauren Cohan

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Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Cohan at Comic-Con in San Diego, 2018
Born (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 37)
Citizenship
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
Websitewww.laurencohan.com

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982)[1] is a British-American[2] actress best known for her role as Maggie Greene in the horror television series The Walking Dead (2011–2018). Her other notable TV roles include Bela Talbot in the fantasy-horror series Supernatural (2007–2008), Rose in the supernatural series The Vampire Diaries (2010–2012), Vivian McArthur Volkoff in the action comedy series Chuck (2011), and Francesca 'Frankie' Trowbridge in the spy drama Whiskey Cavalier (2019). Her film appearances include the comedy Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006), the psychological thriller horror The Boy (2016), the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), the biographical drama All Eyez on Me (2017), and the action thriller Mile 22 (2018).

Early life[edit]

Cohan was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and raised there until age 13,[3][4][5] when her family moved to her mother's native England,[6] settling in Surrey.[7] She is of Scottish, Irish and Norwegian ancestry.[7] In addition to Cherry Hill, Cohan lived for one year in the state of Georgia[8] before her family moved to England.

Cohan's mother took her new husband's surname, Cohan, and also converted to Judaism when she remarried. Cohan was also converted to Judaism at age five[7] and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.[9] She has four younger siblings[10] and one step-sister.[citation needed] Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester[11] with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and English literature before touring with a theatre company she had co-founded at the university. Cohan then split her time and work between London and Los Angeles,[12] working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.

Career[edit]

Lauren Cohan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International

Film[edit]

After her film debut in Casanova as Sister Beatrice, she starred in the 2006 sequel to Van Wilder, Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj as Charlotte Higginson. Her next role was in the 2008 film Float. In February 2010, she was cast in Death Race 2,[13] and was a lead in the 2016 supernatural-horror The Boy.[14] In 2016, she appeared as Martha Wayne (Batman’s deceased mother) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and played Leila Steinberg in the biographical drama All Eyez on Me in 2017. In 2018, she starred in the action-thriller film Mile 22 directed by Peter Berg.

Television[edit]

In 2007, Cohan gained her first major supporting role – partially also described as a season lead – when she was cast for season three of Supernatural as Bela Talbot, a thief who procures valuable supernatural objects and sells them to very rich, very powerful people in the supernatural world. The character appeared in six episodes of the series, her last in the penultimate episode of season three.[15]

Cohan played the recurring character Rose, a 560-year-old vampire, in The Vampire Diaries. In 2011, she joined the television series Chuck in a recurring role playing Vivian McArthur Volkoff, a "charming, sophisticated socialite" from the United Kingdom, and the daughter of primary villain, Alexei Volkoff. She also guest starred on shows such as Modern Family, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Life, and Archer.

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.[16]

In April 2011, Cohan was cast in her most notable role as Maggie Greene (later Maggie Rhee[17]) on The Walking Dead,[18] an AMC horror drama series based on the comic book series of the same name. She first appeared in season two as a recurring character, but she became a series regular at the start of season three.[19] The drama was the highest-rated series in cable television history in 2015.[20]

At the conclusion of the eighth season of The Walking Dead, Cohan completed her contract obligations as a series regular. It was later reported Cohan had not reached an agreement to sign on for season 9 as a main cast member due to a pay dispute, as she demanded an enhanced salary closer to the salaries of her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. AMC refused, and Cohan began making herself available for TV pilots.[21] Cohan eventually reached an agreement to appear in five episodes in the first half of season nine of The Walking Dead[22] and departed the show in 2018.[23]

In early 2018, in the midst of her contract negotiations with AMC regarding The Walking Dead, Cohan was cast as CIA operative Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge in the ABC spy drama Whiskey Cavalier.[24] Whiskey Cavalier was picked up to series in May 2018 and premiered on February 24, 2019.[25] ABC did not renew the show for a second season.[26]

In October 2019, it was reported that Cohan would return to The Walking Dead as a series regular in the show's eleventh season.[27] Furthermore, showrunner Angela Kang indicated that Cohan might appear during the show's then-current season (season 10) as well.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Quiet Assassin Alessia Short film
2005 Casanova Sister Beatrice
2006 Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Charlotte Higginson
2008 Float Emily Fulton
2010 Young Alexander the Great Leto
2010 Practical Lauren Short film
2011 Death Race 2 September Jones Direct-to-video
2014 Reach Me Kate
2016 The Boy Greta Evans
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Martha Wayne
2017 All Eyez on Me Leila Steinberg
2018 Mile 22 Alice Kerr

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations Employee Episode #4986
2007–2008 Supernatural Bela Talbot Main role (Season 3)
6 episodes
2008 Valentine Joanna Clay Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Life Jackie Rolder Episode: "Initiative 38"
2010 Modern Family Receptionist Episode: "Unplugged"
2010 Cold Case Rachel Malone '86 Episode: "One Fall"
2010 CSI: NY Meredith Muir Episode: "Flag on the Play"
2010–2012 The Vampire Diaries Rose Recurring (Seasons 2–3)
6 episodes
2011 Heavenly Lily Pilot
2011 Chuck Vivian McArthur Volkoff Recurring (Season 4)
5 episodes
2011–2018; TBA[29][30] The Walking Dead Maggie Greene Recurring (Season 2)
Main cast (Seasons 3–9)
81 episodes
2012 Childrens Hospital Lulu Pratt Episode: "British Hospital"
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Avery Jordan Episode: "Legitimate Rape"
2014 Archer Juliana Calderon (voice) Recurring (Season 5)
4 episodes
2014 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Stephanie Episode: "The Bathroom Boys"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Sonequa Martin-Green vs. Lauren Cohan"
2016 The Mindy Project Ashley Guest (Season 4)
2 episodes
2017 Robot Chicken Maggie Greene (voice) Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking"
2019 Whiskey Cavalier Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2014 Destiny Exo Stranger [31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Satellite Awards Best Television Cast (shared with the cast) The Walking Dead Won [32]
2013 Eyegore Awards Best Ensemble Cast Award (shared with the cast) Won [33]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan, 7, 2019". United Press International. January 7, 2019. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019. actor Lauren Cohan in 1982 (age 37)
  2. ^ "Lauren Cohan". Odyssey. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Cohan, Lauren (March 27, 2014). "The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan Tries Out Accents With Pete" (Interview). Interviewed by Pete Holmes. Retrieved September 29, 2014. I hail from New Jersey. I was born in New Jersey.
  4. ^ Gray, Ellen (October 20, 2011). "Jersey Girl at heart? 'Dead' star Cohan left Cherry Hill for Britain". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019. For someone who spent the first 13 years of her life in Cherry Hill, N.J.,...
  5. ^ Some sources cite Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including:
    *Hiltbrand, David (November 24, 2013). "Lauren Cohan of 'Walking Dead' sticks it to zombies". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 29, 2014. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Cherry Hill
    *"Lauren Cohan Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Cohan, Lauren (March 30, 2014). Sam Roberts & Lauren Cohan - Walking Dead, Governor, Last Episodes, & more. Interviewed by Sam Roberts. Event occurs at 05:01. Retrieved September 29, 2014. I was a kid growing up in the States and then I moved to England. ... My mum's British, and so that was what brought us back over there. ... She had moved to the States when she was sort of 17... [W]hen myself and my siblings were born, she was, like, 'C'mon, let's do it.' My dad's job had an opportunity out there, so we took it.
  7. ^ a b c "Lauren Cohan has turned killing zombies into a fine art in The Walking Dead, writes David Hiltbrand". News Limited. February 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2016. ...of Scottish, Irish and Norwegian stock. ... When she was 13, her family moved to the UK. ... The transition to life in Surrey outside London.... When her mother remarried, she took both the last name (Cohan) and the faith (Jewish) of her stepfather.
  8. ^ Byrne, Mark (October 2014). "Meet The Walking Dead's (Sorta-) Southern Belle, Lauren Cohan". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 13, 2015. ...a rootless childhood, jumping from New Jersey to Georgia (a year, but it stuck), back to New Jersey, then to the UK.
  9. ^ Miller, Gerri (September 4, 2007). "Fall TV Preview: Lauren Cohan". American Jewish Life. Genco Media. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Cohan, Lauren (February 24, 2014). "Interview: Lauren Cohan talks The Walking Dead". DStv.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Lauren Cohan — Cult US horror-thriller actress" (PDF). Venta. University of Winchester. Winter 2011. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 16, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "Lauren Cohan". tvsa.co.za. TVSA. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Walkuski, Eric (March 1, 2010). "Sean Bean confirmed for Death Race 2; Lauren Cohan joins too". JoBlo.com. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "This Walking Dead Star Just Scored Her First Major Film Deal". CINEMABLEND. January 27, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "#SDCC14: Lauren Cohan Talks Bringing Bela Back to Supernatural - Dread Central". www.dreadcentral.com. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan to star in ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier". Looper.com. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Webb, Katherine; Articles, More; June 16, 2018 (June 16, 2018). "'The Walking Dead': Here's What Happens to Maggie in the Comics".
  18. ^ "'The Walking Dead': Celebrating Lauren Cohan's Birthday With Some Of Maggie's Best Scenes". The Walking Dead.
  19. ^ "'The Walking Dead': Lauren Cohan Upped to Series Regular". The Hollywood Reporter.
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 30, 2015). "'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Finale is Highest Rated Finale in Series History, Garnering 15.8 Million Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  21. ^ "'Walking Dead' Cast Urges AMC to Settle Lauren Cohan Pay Dispute". ScreenCrush.
  22. ^ Petski, Nellie Andreeva,Denise (April 25, 2018). "'The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan To Return For Season 9 Arc – Update".
  23. ^ "Former 'The Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan Explains Why She Left". The Walking Dead.
  24. ^ "'Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan, Without Season 9 Contract, Books Lead in ABC Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "Watch Whiskey Cavalier TV Show". abc.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2019). "'Whiskey Cavalier' Canceled By ABC After One Season, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere By Warner Bros. TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  27. ^ "'The Walking Dead' renewed for season 11 with Lauren Cohan returning as series regular". EW.com.
  28. ^ "'The Walking Dead' boss says Lauren Cohan may appear in season 10". EW.com.
  29. ^ Bradley, Laura. "The Walking Dead: Rick's Last Episode Was Also Maggie and Lauren Cohan's".
  30. ^ Hayes, Jill Goldsmith,Dade; Goldsmith, Jill; Hayes, Dade (October 5, 2019). "'The Walking Dead' Renewed For Season 11, Lauren Cohan To Return – New York Comic Con".
  31. ^ Destiny – End Credits – IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  32. ^ "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  33. ^ "Interviews With The Stars On The Halloween Horror Nights Eyegore Awards Red Carpet! #UniversalHHN". Brite and Bubbly. September 22, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  34. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. November 15, 2016. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

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