Lauren Cohan was born in Philadelphia, but spent most of her childhood in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey, before moving to the United Kingdom. She graduated from the University of Winchester with degrees in drama and English literature. Before pursuing an acting career, she was active in a theater company she co-founded while in university.
Cohan's first major screen role was the 2005 romantic comedy Casanova, which saw her alongside Heath Ledger. She also appeared in Van Wilder 2: the Rise of Taj the following year. In 2007, she took a recurring role in the CW series Supernatural, appearing as the devious Bela Talbot; her character was scrapped at the end of the third season after negative reaction from fans. She most recently joined the cast of another CW series, The Vampire Diaries.
-Lauren loves rock music. She enjoys listening to Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.
-Lauren takes kick boxing classes.
-Aside from acting, Lauren has done some directorial and writing work for plays.
-Lauren initially auditioned for the role of Ruby in Supernatural. The role was eventually given to Katie Cassidy.
- The Quiet Assassin (2005)
- Casanova (2005)
- Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)
- Float (2008)
- Young Alexander the Great (2010)
- Supernatural (recurring, 2007-2008)
- Valentine (guest, 2008)
- CSI: NY (guest, 2010)
- The Vampire Diaries (recurring, 2010)
- The Walking Dead (regular, 2011-present)
"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."
On her Supernatural role: "My character is basically a mercenary. So she's out as a solo artist. She has her own agenda, and she's very centered and focused on what she's doing. She has her hands on a lot of the stuff the boys need, and she sells it. And she's very much about negotiating. And sparks may fly between her and the boys. Sparks may fly between Ruby and the boys. I think there's going to be some fighting before there's any romance."
"I really miss doing stage 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 TV or film so I don't know. I'll have a summer hiatus so maybe that's when I can do it."