Cohan at Comic-Con in San Diego, 2018
|Born||January 7, 1982|
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is a British–American actress best known for her role as Maggie Greene in the horror television series The Walking Dead (2011–present). Her other notable TV roles are as Bela Talbot in the fantasy-horror series Supernatural (2007–2008), Rose in the supernatural series The Vampire Diaries (2010–2012) and Vivian McArthur Volkoff in the action comedy series Chuck (2011). 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).
Cohan was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and raised there until age 13, when her family moved to her mother's native England, settling in Surrey. She is of Scottish, Irish and Norwegian ancestry. In addition to Cherry Hill, Cohan lived for one year in the state of Georgia 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 and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. She has four younger siblings and one step-sister. Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester 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, working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.
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, and was a lead in the 2016 supernatural-horror The Boy. 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.
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.
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.
In April 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 season two as a recurring character, but she was among the starring roles at the start of season three. The drama was the highest-rated series in cable television history in 2015. At the conclusion of the eighth season, Cohan finished her contract on The Walking Dead 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 her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. AMC refused, and Cohan began making herself available for TV pilots. She would then take the role of CIA operative Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge in the ABC's Whiskey Cavalier, co-starring with Scott Foley. It was later confirmed she had reached an agreement to appear in season nine of The Walking Dead, limited to five episodes in the first half of the season. Whiskey Cavalier was picked up to series in May, and premiered on February 24, 2019.
|2005||The Quiet Assassin||Alessia||Short film|
|2006||Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj||Charlotte Higginson|
|2010||Young Alexander the Great||Leto|
|2011||Death Race 2||September Jones||Direct-to-video|
|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|
|2007||The Bold and the Beautiful||Forrester Creations Employee||Episode #4986|
|2007–2008||Supernatural||Bela Talbot||Main role (Season 3) |
|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) |
|2011||Chuck||Vivian McArthur Volkoff||Recurring (Season 4) |
|2011–2018; TBA ||The Walking Dead||Maggie Greene||Recurring (Season 2) |
Main cast (Seasons 3–9,10)
|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) |
|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) |
|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|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Satellite Awards||Best Television Cast (shared with the cast)||The Walking Dead||Won|||
|2013||Eyegore Awards||Best Ensemble Cast Award (shared with the cast)||Won|||
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Nominated|||
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actor Lauren Cohan in 1982 (age 37)
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I hail from New Jersey. I was born in New Jersey.
- 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.,...
- 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
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- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
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- "Watch Whiskey Cavalier TV Show". abc.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- Bradley, Laura. "The Walking Dead: Rick's Last Episode Was Also Maggie and Lauren Cohan's".
- Destiny – End Credits – IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
- "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- "Interviews With The Stars On The Halloween Horror Nights Eyegore Awards Red Carpet! #UniversalHHN". Brite and Bubbly. September 22, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
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