Lauren Cohan

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Lauren Cohan
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Cohan at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Lauren Storholm

(1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 41)
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Alma materKing Alfred's College (BA)
Years active2005–present
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Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982)[1] is an American-British[2] actress best known for her role as Maggie Greene in the AMC post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead (2011–2018; 2020–2022). Her other notable TV roles include Bela Talbot in the dark fantasy drama Supernatural (2007–2008), Rose in the supernatural teen drama The Vampire Diaries (2010–2012), Vivian McArthur Volkoff in the action comedy Chuck (2011), and Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge in the action comedy-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 biographical drama All Eyez on Me (2017), and the action thriller Mile 22 (2018).

Early life[edit]

Cohan was born Lauren Storholm in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to American father Paul Storholm and Scottish mother, Susan Cohan (née Moorhouse), who are now divorced. She was raised in New Jersey until age 13,[3][4][5] when her family moved to her mother's native UK,[6] settling in Surrey.[7] In addition to Cherry Hill, Cohan lived for one year in the state of Georgia[8] before her family moved to the UK.

Lauren's surname was legally changed to that of her stepfather, Cohan, and her mother converted to Judaism when she remarried.[7] Lauren Cohan converted to Judaism at age five and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.[9] Cohan is the only child of her parents, and has many younger half-siblings through her mother and father's remarriages. Her younger brother is Beverly Hills based British private chef, Daniel Cohan. Through one of her sisters Alia, she has a niece, Isla.[10][11] Cohan graduated from King Alfred's College, Winchester (now the University of Winchester)[12] with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and English literature before touring with a theatre company she co-founded at the university.


Cohan in 2013


In 2006, after her film debut in Casanova (2005) as Sister Beatrice, Cohan starred in the sequel to Van Wilder (2002), 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 the lead in the 2016 supernatural-horror The Boy.[14] Also in 2016, she appeared as Martha Wayne (Batman's deceased mother) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and played Leila Steinberg in the 2017 biographical drama All Eyez on Me.


In 2007, Cohan garnered 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 titled "Time Is on My Side".[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 Archer, Cold Case, CSI: NY, Life, and Modern Family.

Cohan starred in a pilot for The CW called Heavenly (2011) in which she played the lead character, Lily, 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 post-apocalyptic horror television 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 nine 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 series 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 action comedy-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 series 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 series' eleventh and final season.[27] Furthermore, showrunner Angela Kang indicated that Cohan might appear during the series' then-current tenth season as well.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Cohan splits her time and work between London and Los Angeles.[29]



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
2010 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
2022 Catwoman: Hunted Julia Pennyworth (voice) Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations Employee Episode: "Episode #1.4986"
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
The Walking Dead Maggie Rhee Main (seasons 3–11), recurring (season 2), guest star (season 10); 106 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 Rhee (voice) Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking"
2019 Whiskey Cavalier Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge Main role; 13 episodes
2021 Invincible Holly / War Woman (voice) Episode: "It's About Time"
2021 The Walking Dead: Origins Herself Episode: "Maggie's Story"
2023 The Walking Dead: Dead City Maggie Rhee Main role; also executive producer
TBA Twilight of the Gods Igne

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2014 Destiny Exo Stranger [30]

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 [31]
2013 Eyegore Awards Best Ensemble Cast Award (shared with the cast) Won [32]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [33]
2022 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Network or Cable Television Series Won [34]


  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 1989 (age 32)
  2. ^ "Lauren Cohan". Odyssey. March 14, 2016. 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. YouTube. Archived from the original on November 13, 2021. 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. Archived from the original on April 6, 2014. 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 "Lauren Cohan has turned killing zombies into a fine art in The Walking Dead, writes David Hiltbrand". 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. 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. ^ "Instagram".
  11. ^ "Daniel Cohan on Instagram: "I'm an uncle! Isn't she precious?! @aliagrace_cf @tommyfinns and Isla I love you so much!!! ❤️"".
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ Walkuski, Eric (March 1, 2010). "Sean Bean confirmed for Death Race 2; Lauren Cohan joins too". 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". Dread Central. July 26, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan to star in ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier". Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Webb, Katherine (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".
  19. ^ "'The Walking Dead': Lauren Cohan Upped to Series Regular". The Hollywood Reporter. April 10, 2012.
  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. Archived from the original on April 1, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  21. ^ "'Walking Dead' Cast Urges AMC to Settle Lauren Cohan Pay Dispute". ScreenCrush.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (April 25, 2018). "'The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan To Return For Season 9 Arc – Update". Deadline Hollywood.
  23. ^ "Former 'The Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan Explains Why She Left".
  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". American Broadcasting Company. 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". Entertainment Weekly.
  28. ^ "'The Walking Dead' boss says Lauren Cohan may appear in season 10". Entertainment Weekly.
  29. ^ "Lauren Cohan". TVSA. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  30. ^ Destiny – End Credits – IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Archived from the original on November 7, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  31. ^ "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. December 3, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  32. ^ "Interviews With The Stars On The Halloween Horror Nights Eyegore Awards Red Carpet! #UniversalHHN". Brite and Bubbly. September 22, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  33. ^ "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.
  34. ^ Tinoco, Armando (August 12, 2022). "Saturn Awards Nominations: 'The Batman', 'Nightmare Alley', 'Spider-Man', 'Better Call Saul' Top List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 22, 2022.

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