Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an American / British actress, Known for her role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead and recurring roles on The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Chuck.
Cohan was born on January 7, 1982 to an American father and a British mother, and has Scottish, Irish, and Norwegian ancestry. Sources have listed Cohan's birthplace as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but Cohan has stated in interviews that she was born in New Jersey.
During her childhood, Cohan lived in Cherry Hill—and, for one year, Georgia—before moving to the United Kingdom at age 13. The family settled in Surrey. When Cohan's mother remarried, she took her new husband's surname Cohan and converted to Judaism. Cohan converted to her Jewish stepfather's religion at age five, and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. She has five younger siblings, including a stepsister. Cohan graduated from the University of Winchester with a BA 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, California, working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.