Claire Rhiannon Holt is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles as Emma Gilbert in H2O: Just Add Water, Rebekah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries, and its spinoff series The Originals and Legacies, Samara Cook in Pretty Little Liars, Chastity Meyer in Mean Girls 2, and Kate in the 2017 survival horror film, 47 Meters Down.
Years active: 2006–present
Born: June 11, 1988, 35 years old and 5 months, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Sun Sign: Gemini
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5 ft 6½ in / 169 cm
Measurements: 32-26-34 in / 81-66-86 cm
Bra size: 32B US / 70B EU
In 2005, Claire graduated from Stuartholme School in Toowong.
She is planning to obtain a university degree in the near future.
Holt was born to Geoffrey Holt and Ann. She has two sisters, Rachael (born in 1987) and Madeline (born in 1992), and one brother, David (born in 1989).
2000s: Breakthrough and early recognition
In 2005, Holt won the role of Emma Gilbert in the Network Ten children’s television show H2O: Just Add Water. The show has earned a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids’ Choice Award. While the series was renewed for a third season, Holt left the show after season two after signing on for the sequel to the 2007 film The Messengers, titled Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. She was replaced by Indiana Evans‘ character, Bella. Filming of Messengers 2 took place in Sofia throughout 2008. Starring alongside Norman Reedus and Heather Stephens, the film was released 21 July 2009 straight-to-DVD.
2010s: International recognition
In addition to television and film roles, Holt has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld, Sizzler, and Queensland Lifesaving. BuddyTV ranked her number 55 on its TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.
In August 2011, Holt was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah Mikaelson. On 13 January 2013, The CW announced that Holt had joined the cast for the backdoor pilot of The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, where she reprised her role as Rebekah Mikaelson. She exited the show as a series regular in the sixteenth episode of the first season, which aired in the U.S. on 11 March 2014. Holt returned to her role in the season one finale on 13 May 2014, and continued to periodically guest star on the series until its finale on 1 August 2018.
In 2014, Holt was linked to CBS’ Supergirl, though she chose not to pursue it. She starred in NBC “event series” Aquarius as Charmain Tully. In 2016, she was cast in the romantic comedy film The Divorce Party, playing the role of Susan.
Holt had a starring role, Kayla, in the ABC thriller drama television pilot Doomsday in 2017. Also that year, Holt starred as Kate in the underwater survival horror film 47 Meters Down, opposite Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine, which was released in theaters on 16 June 2017.
2020s: Established actress
In 2021, Holt had a starring role in Untitled Horror Movie. She also collaborated with the brand Andie Swim to design a swimsuit collection. In November of the same year, she appeared in the Originals spin-off series Legacies as Rebekah Mikaelson.
In 2022, Holt appeared again in Legacies as Rebekah Mikaelson for one episode, playing the character for the last time.
Spouses – Matt Kaplan (m. 2016; div. 2017)
Andrew Joblon (m. 2018)
Children – 2
In July 2015, Holt became engaged to long-time boyfriend, television producer Matt Kaplan. The two were married in April 2016. On 27 April 2017, Kaplan filed for divorce from Holt, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Holt subsequently filed in response on 2 May 2017, also asking for her name to be changed from Kaplan back to Holt.
On 3 December 2017, Holt announced her engagement to real estate executive Andrew Joblon. On 5 March 2018, Holt revealed on Instagram that she had suffered a miscarriage. Holt and Joblon were married on 18 August 2018. They have two children: a son (born 2019) and a daughter (born 2020). On 20 May 2023, Holt revealed at the Cannes Film Festival that she is pregnant with her third child. On 5 June 2023, Holt revealed on her website that she is expecting her second boy.
Holt announced that she became an American citizen in November 2019.
Holt appeared in 2009 direct-to-video supernatural horror film Messengers 2: The Scarecrow for her role as Lindsay Rollins.
First TV Show
Claire appeared in Network Ten H2O: Just Add Water for her role as Emma Gilbert from 2006 to 2008. During these three years, she appeared in a total of 52 episodes.
Claire Holt Favorite Things
TV Show – The Vampire Diaries (2009-)
Movie – This Is England (2006)
Chocolate is her favorite and she also eats it regularly.
Claire Holt Facts
She is black belt holder in taekwondo.
She is best friends with fellow actress Phoebe Tonkin and good friends with Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries co-star.
During her school time, she was also involved in her school choir.
She is very active in swimming, taekwondo, volleyball, and water polo.
Holt initially wanted to be a doctor, but she got attracted towards acting, after she appeared in couple of commercials. She did commercials only to gain extra money.
She also known guitar and piano.
She also played Rebekah Mikaelson in the TV series The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.
She and Olivia Holt are not related to each other.