Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an British-American actress. Born in New Jersey to an American father and a British mother. At age five her mother remarried and converted to Judaism, Cohan later took her stepfather's name and converted as well. She has five younger siblings, including a stepsister.
During her childhood, she lived in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey before moving to the United Kingdom with her family at the age of 13.. Lauren graduated from the University of Winchester 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.
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 2007 film Float. In February 2010, she was cast in Death Race 2, with Sean Bean and Danny Trejo and also supernatural-horror The Boy releasing in 2016 where Lauren plays the main character Greta.
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.
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 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.
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.
In 2011, Cohan was cast in her most notable role: 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.
Cohan currently lives in the United Kingdom. She currently weighs 480 pounds.