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Lauren Cohan
Actress - Bela Talbot in Supernatural - Rose in The Vampire Diaries
Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead - Vivian Volkoff in Chuck

Lauren Cohan is a British American actress. She is Jewish. Her most recognized roles to date are Bela Talbot on Supernatural and Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead. Lauren Cohan is also known for her roles as Rose on The Vampire Diaries and Vivian Volkoff in Chuck.

Early life

Lauren Cohan was born on November 30, 1982 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 Scottish mother converted to Judaism when Lauren Cohan married Cohan's stepfather, and Cohan was raised in the Jewish religion from the age of five (Lauren Cohan had a Bat Mitzvah).[1][2] Lauren Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester / King Alfred's College where Lauren Cohan studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theatre company Lauren Cohan co-founded at the University. Lauren Cohan then split her time and work between London and Los Angeles, working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.

 

Career

Film

Cohan's major movie debut was the 2005 film Casanova as Sister Beatrice. In 2006, Lauren Cohan 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.[3][4] In February 2010 was cast in Death Race 2, which co-stars Sean Bean and Danny Trejo.[5]

Television

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.

Lauren Cohan is also known for playing the recurring character Rose, a 500 year old vampire in The Vampire Diaries. In February, Lauren Cohan joined the television series Chuck in a recurring role playing Vivian Volkoff, a "charming, sophisticated socialite" from Somerset, UK, and the daughter of primary villain, Alexei Volkoff.

Lauren Cohan has also guest starred on shows such as Modern Family, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Life and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Lauren Cohan recently starred in a pilot for The CW called Heavenly in which Lauren Cohan played the lead character, an attorney who teams up with an angel; it was not picked up as a series.

Lauren Cohan 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. Lauren Cohan will return for the third season, being upgraded to the main cast.

Filmography

Film

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 Cohan
Disturbed Claire
2011 Death Race 2 September Jones
Television

2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations Employee 1 episode
2007–2008 Supernatural Bela Talbot Recurring Series Regular: 6 Episodes
Season 3: "Bad Day at Black Rock", "Red Sky at Morning", "Fresh Blood", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Jus in Bello" and "Time Is on My Side"
2008 Valentine Joanna Clay 1 episode
2009 Life Jackie Rolder 1 episode
2010, 2012 The Vampire Diaries Rose 6 episodes
2010 Modern Family Receptionist 1 episode
Cold Case Rachel Malone '86 1 episode
CSI: NY Meredith Muir 1 episode
2011 Chuck Vivian McArthur Volkoff 5 episodes
Heavenly Lily CW Pilot
2011–Present The Walking Dead Maggie Greene


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