Four Things You Didn’t Know About Lauren Cohan

The Walking Dead star, 36, just scored the lead role in a new ABC drama.

If you have a Walking Dead fan in your home, you’re probably very familiar with Lauren Cohan. On the zombie-killer show, she plays Maggie Greene, the daughter of a farmer turned zombie hunter who has managed to survive through all eight existing seasons (a real feat, given the show has killed off dozens of characters). 

But now, the Walking Dead’s leading lady is getting her own show. According to EW, she has signed on for a lead role in a new ABC drama called Whiskey Cavalier. The drama will follow the workplace and personal dramas of a CIA operative and FBI agent.

Here are four more facts you might not know about the actress.


She’s originally from New Jersey, but has a British accent

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While Cohan spent her early childhood in New Jersey, she moved with her family to the United Kingdom and ultimately attended Winchester University in the UK, where she graduated with an English and Drama degree. Even though she was born in the U.S., all her time spent living across the pond left her with an English accent.


She has a thing for the undead

In addition to her role on Walking Dead, you might recognize Cohan from her reoccurring roles as Bela on Supernatural and Rose on The Vampire Diaries.


Her on-screen demons became real-life nightmares

It turns out that the horror in Walking Dead isn’t only scary for the viewers. In 2017, during an appearance on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, Ripa asked if Cohan was ever been scared by her own show, and the actress admitted that she had. “In the beginning it was the worst, in the beginning they would be like in the bed with me,” Cohan told the duo.


She has to work out intensely to keep in shape for her role

In a 2016 interview with Health, Cohan revealed that she works with a trainer three to four days a week to stay in tip-top shape and help prevent on-set injuries. “I do all core-based alignment training and strength training. If I don't die at the end of 90 minutes, then it hasn't been a good workout,” Cohan joked.