Lauren Cohan (born November 30, 1982) is an American actress. Her most recognized role to date is that of the role of Bela Talbot on Supernatural. She is also known for her roles as Rose in the The Vampire Diaries, Vivian Volkoff in Chuck, and Maggie Greene in the The Walking Dead.
Lauren was born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family and lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during her childhood before moving to the United Kingdom. Lauren graduated from the University of Winchester / King Alfred's College where she studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theatre 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. She recently guest starred in CSI: NY and played the part of a wealthy man's daughter in the web-series 'Previously on Point Dume'. In February 2010 was cast in Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, which co stars Sean Bean and Danny Trejo.
Cohan was cast in Season 3 of Supernatural as Bela Talbot; a thief, appearing in 6 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 in the penultimate episode of Season 3.
She is also known for playing the recurring 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 Somerset, England, 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. She 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 recently cast in the second season of the AMC television series The Walking Dead playing Maggie Greene.
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