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Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an English-American actress and model.[1][2] She is known for her role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead (2011–present). Other of her notable roles include recurring roles on the television series Supernatural (2007–2008), Chuck (2011) and The Vampire Diaries (2010–2012), and in the comedy film Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006), the psychological thriller The Boy, and for her role as DC Comics character Martha Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Cohan in July 2017
Born (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 36)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present


Early lifeEdit

Cohan was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey[3][4][5][6][7] on January 7, 1982, the daughter of an American father and an English mother. She also has Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish ancestry.[8][9] Some sources incorrectly give her birthplace as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1][9] During her childhood, Cohan lived in Cherry Hill[3] and, for one year, Georgia,[10] before moving to England at age 13.[11]

When Cohan's mother remarried, she took her new husband's surname, Cohan, and converted to Judaism. Cohan also converted to Judaism at age five,[9] and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.[12] She has four younger siblings[13] and one step-sister.[14][not in citation given] Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester[15] with a BA 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,[16] working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.


Cohan in December 2013


After her film debut Casanova as Sister Beatrice, she starred in the sequel to Van Wilder, Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj as Charlotte Higginson in 2006. Her next role was in the 2008 film Float. In February 2010, she was cast in Death Race 2,[17] and also has the lead role in the 2016 supernatural-horror The Boy.[18]


Cohan was cast in 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.[19]

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, Archer, and The Bold and the Beautiful.[citation needed]

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.[20]

In 2011, Cohan was cast in her most notable role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead, an AMC horror drama series based on the comic book series of the same name. She first appeared in the second season as a recurring character, but she was among the starring roles at the start of the third season. The drama is currently the highest rated series in cable television history.[21] Cohan will be starring in the pilot episode of Whiskey Cavalier, a Doozer production, along Scott Foley. The series will be executive-produced by Bill Lawrence and Foley.[22]



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
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Martha Wayne
2017 All Eyez On Me Leila Steinberg
2018 Mile 22 In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations Employee Episode #4986
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"
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 6 episodes
2011 Heavenly Lily Unsold television pilot[citation needed]
2011 Chuck Vivian McArthur Volkoff 5 episodes
2011–present The Walking Dead Maggie Greene 71 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) 4 episodes
2014 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Stephanie Episode: "The Bathroom Boys"
2016 The Mindy Project Ashley 2 episodes
2017 Robot Chicken Maggie Greene (voice) Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2014 Destiny Exo Stranger [23]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Satellite Awards Best Television Cast (shared with the cast) The Walking Dead Won [24]
2013 Eyegore Awards Best Ensemble Cast Award (shared with the cast) Won [25]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [26]


  1. ^ a b "Lauren Cohan". The New York Times. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lauren Cohan of Walking Dead: What's In My Bag?". Us Weekly. February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b 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 
  4. ^ Cohan, Lauren (March 27, 2014). ""'The Walking Dead's' Lauren Cohan Tries Out Accents With Pete" (Interview). Interview with Pete Holmes. Retrieved September 29, 2014. I hail from New Jersey. I was born in New Jersey. 
  5. ^ Cohan, Lauren (October 11, 2013). "Lauren Cohan @ "The Covino & Rich Show" (Sirius XM Radio) pt. I – October 11th, 2013" (Interview). Interview with Covino & Rich. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cohan, Lauren (October 12, 2012). "Lauren Cohan on NERDIST – Her accent & relationship advice. (Podcast by Chris Hardwick) – Part 1". Nerdist (Interview). Interview with Chris Hardwick. YouTube. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ Cohan, Lauren (March 30, 2014). "Sam Roberts & Lauren Cohan- Walking Dead, Governor, Last Episodes, & more" (Interview). Interview with Sam Roberts. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Gray, Ellen (October 20, 2011). "Jersey Girl at heart?". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "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. 
  10. ^ Byrne, Mark (October 2014). "Meet The Walking Dead's (Sorta-) Southern Belle, Lauren Cohan". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Gomez, Luis (March 11, 2014). "Interview: 'Walking Dead' has it all for Lauren Cohan". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Cohan, Lauren (February 24, 2014). "Interview: Lauren Cohan talks The Walking Dead". Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ Cohan, Lauren. "Q&A – Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene)". (Interview). Archived from the original on February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Lauren Cohan — Cult US horror-thriller actress" (PDF). Venta. University of Winchester. Winter 2011. p. 8. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Lauren Cohan". TVSA. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ Walkuski, Eric (March 1, 2010). "Sean Bean confirmed for Death Race 2; Lauren Cohan joins too". Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  18. ^ "This Walking Dead Star Just Scored Her First Major Film Deal". CINEMABLEND. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  19. ^ "#SDCC14: Lauren Cohan Talks Bringing Bela Back to Supernatural - Dread Central". Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  20. ^ "The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan to star in ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier". Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ "'Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan, Without Season 9 Contract, Books Lead in ABC Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  23. ^ Destiny – End Credits – IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Interviews With The Stars On The Halloween Horror Nights Eyegore Awards Red Carpet! #UniversalHHN". Brite and Bubbly. September 22, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  26. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 

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