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Lauren Cohan

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Lauren Cohan
Comic-Con in San Diego.
Born (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater University of Winchester
Occupation Actress, writer, producer
Years active 2005–present

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is a British actress. Her most recognized roles to date are Bela Talbot on Supernatural, Rose on The Vampire Diaries and Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead.

Early life

Lauren Cohan was born in Philadelphia and lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during her childhood before moving to her mother's native United Kingdom in her teens. Cohan's English mother converted to Judaism when she married Cohan's stepfather, and Cohan was raised in the Jewish religion from the age of five (she had a Bat Mitzvah).[1][2] She has a younger stepsister.[3] Lauren graduated from the University of Winchester / King Alfred's College where she studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theater company she co-founded at the University. Lauren then split her time and work between London and Los Angeles, 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.[4][5] In February 2010 she was cast in Death Race 2, along with co-stars Sean Bean and Danny Trejo.[6]


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 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 nature 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 500 year old vampire in The Vampire Diaries. In February, she joined the television series Chuck in a recurring role playing Vivian Volkoff, a "charming, sophisticated socialite" from the United Kingdom, and the daughter of primary villain, Alexei Volkoff.

She has also guest starred on shows such as Modern Family, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Life 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; 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
Heavenly Lily
2013 Reach Me Kate


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations employee 1 episode
2007–08 Supernatural Bela Talbot Recurring Regular, 6 episodes:
"Bad Day at Black Rock" (season 3: episode 3)
"Red Sky at Morning" (season 3: episode 6)
"Fresh Blood" (season 3: episode 7)
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" (season 3: episode 10)
"Jus in Bello" (season 3: episode 12)
"Time Is on My Side" (season 3: episode 15)
2008 Valentine Joanna Clay 1 episode
2009 Life Jackie Rolder 1 episode
2010–12 The Vampire Diaries Rose Recurring role, 6 episodes:
"Rose" (season 2: episode 8)
"Katerina" (season 2: episode 9)
"The Sacrifice" (season 2: episode 10)
"By the Light of the Moon" (season 2: episode 11)
"The Descent" (season 2: episode 12)
"Heart of Darkness" (season 3: episode 19)
2010 Modern Family Receptionist 1 episode
Cold Case Rachel Malone '86 1 episode
CSI: NY Meredith Muir 1 episode
2011 Chuck Vivian McArthur Volkoff Recurring role, 5 episodes:
"Chuck Versus the Masquerade" (season 4: episode 16)
"Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil" (season 4: episode 17)
"Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff" (season 4: episode 20)
"Chuck Versus the Last Details" (season 4: episode 23)
"Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger" (season 4: episode 24)
2011–present The Walking Dead Maggie Greene Season 2 (recurring; 12 episodes)
Season 3–present (series regular; 16 episodes)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
2012 Childrens Hospital Lulu Pratt 1 Episode
2013 Law and Order: SVU Avery Jordan 1 Episode
2013 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself 1 Episode


External links

  • Lauren Cohan on "Larry King Now"
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Twitter

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