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Lauren Cohan

Lauren CohanLauren Cohan, born January 7th, 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an American-born English actress. She rose to prominence in roles as Bela Talbot on Supernatural, Rose on The Vampire Diaries, Vivian Volkoff on Chuck, and Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead.

Lauren was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during her childhood before moving to her mother's native United Kingdom when she was a teenager. Her Scottish mother converted to Judaism when she married Cohan's stepfather and Lauren was raised in the Jewish religion from the age of five.

Lauren graduated from the University of Winchester, where she studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theater company she had co-founded while at the university. Lauren then split her time and work between London and Los Angeles, California, working on several films as well as taking on some non-commercial projects.

Even though she was born in the United States, she possesses a British accent. She worked as waitress at The Cat & The Fiddle restaurant & pub on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles when she first moved to Los Angeles. But she still owns a house in London.

Lauren learned to fence while she was filming Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj in 2006, and archery while filming The Quiet Assassin. She also learned how to handle a gun during her stint in Supernatural in 2005.

Lauren CohanLauren can play the piano and sings - her voice is alto, mezzo-soprano. Lauren loves yoga and she loves the book Life Of Pi by Yann Martel as well as the 2012 film based on the novel.

Lauren's major film debut was in the 2005 film Casanova playing the role of Sister Beatrice. In 2006, she starred in the sequel to National Lampoon's Van Wilder called National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj playing the role of Charlotte Higginson.

Her next role was in the 2007 film Float and in February of 2010 she was cast in Death Race 2, along with Sean Bean and Danny Trejo. Her make-up artist is Jamie Greenberg and her publicist is Erica Gray.

Lauren was cast and appeared in six episodes during season three of Supernatural as Bela Talbot; a thief who procures valuable supernatural objects and sells them to very rich and 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 attempts to try to get the lead characters, the Winchester brothers, killed.

Lauren CohanThe character was written out by killing her off in the penultimate episode of Season 3. Lauren initially auditioned for the role of Ruby in Supernatural in 2005, but the role was eventually given to Katie Cassidy.

Lauren got her inspiration for playing her Supernatural character Bela from Catherine Zeta-Jones portrayal of Virginia Baker in the 1999 film Entrapment in 1999.

She is also known for playing the recurring character Rose, a 560 year old vampire in The Vampire Diaries.

In 2011, she joined the television series Chuck for several episodes in a recurring role playing Vivian Volkoff, a charming, sophisticated socialite from the United Kingdom, and the daughter of the 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, but it was not picked up as a regular series.

She recently appeared in an issue of Maxim, posing in lingerie she shows the exquisite looks that she's brought to roles in film and on television. In Maxim Magazine, Lauren reveals that she has a celebrity crush on actor Jeff Bridges.

"It's not a romantic crush," she says of the 63-year-old actor. "It's just kind of an everything crush. I love him as an actor. I love his voice. I love his smile. Okay, now it sounds romantic - but it's not!"

Lauren CohanLauren 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.

In the show she watched her father have his head cut off, her boyfriend recently was about one more step away from death himself, and no one knows where he is now. Her home has been demolished by a tank and a gang of flesh-eating zombies and somehow she has to keep herself alive. That is the situation Maggie Greene finds herself in when The Walking Dead returned for the last eight episodes of season 4.

All that Maggie knows for sure is that she has lost her father, maybe her sister, maybe her husband. She is facing huge battles and will be the most alone she has ever been.

Playing the role of Maggie Greene, a girl with a thing for smashing zombie brains, her Southern drawl replaces her English accent but Lauren still has the gorgeous looks that makes everyone crazy about her.

Lauren is a former model turned actress who enjoys kickboxing classes and supports the Atlanta Music Project, an intense music education program for under served youth in Atlanta, Georgia. Lauren initially wanted to be a child psychologist, but always considered the possibility of working in the performing arts, so she ended up attending the University of Winchester majoring in Drama and English Literature.

Lauren CohanPersonal quotes:

"Sometimes you just have to chop a zombie like a melon. What can I say?"

"Seeing my family, that is the most important. Otherwise, anything that involves bicycles, peaceful venues or the big wide open."

"I don't recall ever deciding to pursue a career in acting."

"I have a very weak stomach for horror. I need curtains on the front windows of my house because that heightens the whole fear factor."

"I really miss doing stage work though, I really do. I actually prefer that, hands down to anything else and I can do it in bits and pieces but it's not that easy to commit to a play. Life's much easier if you can get work in television or film so I don't know. I'll have a summer hiatus so maybe that's when I can do it."

"I'm not religious, but the tradition, the culture and the history are very important to me."

"A Fish Called Wanda - The BEST people of the world all in one film."

"I went for an audition, which was shrouded in all kinds of secrecy to keep the storyline under wraps, and 5 days later I was in Atlanta and 700 years older."

"I was born in Philadelphia, I lived in New Jersey for a short time, and then moved to England when I was a kid. And then, I recently moved to L.A. I'm American by birth and English by accent. I grew up just outside London, in Surrey."

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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
2005 The Quiet Assassin Alessia
2005 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
2010 Practical Lauren
2010 Disturbed Claire
2011 Death Race 2 September Jones
2011 Heavenly Lily
2013 Reach Me Kate

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Creations Employee 1 episode
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 Episode: "One Fall"
2010 CSI: NY Meredith Muir Episode: "Flag on the Play"
2010–2012 The Vampire Diaries Rose 6 episodes
2011 Chuck Vivian McArthur Volkoff 5 episodes
2011–present The Walking Dead Maggie Greene Series regular
2012 Childrens Hospital Lulu Pratt Episode: "British Hospital"
2013 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Avery Jordan Episode: "Legitimate Rape"
2013 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself 1 episode



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