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Claire Holt Biography

Claire Holt


Birth Name
Claire Rhiannon Holt

5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Biography
Claire Rhiannon Holt (born June 11, 1988) portrays the role of "Rebekah Mikaelson" in The Vampire Diaries (2009) and The Originals (2013). Her most notable roles are "Samara Cook" in Pretty Little Liars (2010), "Chastity Meyer" in Mean Girls 2 (2011) and "Emma Gilbert" in H2O: Just Add Water (2006).

Claire was born in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated from Stuartholme School in Toowong at the end of 2005. She is involved in several sports: swimming, volleyball, water polo, and Tae-Kwon-Do, in which she has a black belt. When she was younger, she was in her school's choir.

In 2006, she won the role of "Emma Gilbert" in the Network Ten children's television series, H2O: Just Add Water (2006). The show has earned a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids' Choice Award. While the series was renewed for a third series, she left the show after series two, after signing on for the sequel to the 2007 film, The Messengers (2007), titled Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009). Filming took place in Sofia, Bulgaria throughout 2008. Starring alongside Norman Reedus and Heather Stephens, the film was released 21 July 2009 straight-to-DVD. In August 2011, she was confirmed to be in the TV series, The Vampire Diaries (2009) as "Rebekah Mikaelson". In addition to television and film roles, she has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld theme park, Sizzler Restaurant, and Queensland Surf Lifesaving. BuddyTV ranked her #55 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.

  • Black belt in tae kwon do.
  • Graduated from Stuartholme (high) School in Toowong, Queensland, at the end of 2005.
  • Enjoys singing and was in the school choir.
  • Competitive water polo player. Also enjoys swimming, volleyball, and playing the guitar and piano.
  • Is best friends with Phoebe Tonkin.
  • Very close friends with her The Vampire Diaries (2009) co-star, Paul Wesley.
  • She initially wanted to be a Doctor and only did commercials for extra money.
  • Hopes to return to education and get a University degree at some point.
  • Her favorite movie is This Is England (2006).
  • Has one brother and 2 sisters one of whom is named Rachel Holt.
  • Her father has 9 siblings. She has 40 cousins.
  • Her nickname on the set of Mean Girls 2 (2011) was "Clack".
  • The first concert she went to was Shaggy's.
  • Her mother is from the United Kingdom.
  • Her favorite scary movie is The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • She was ranked #55 on the Buddy TV's list, TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011.
  • Has a tattoo on her left foot, that says 'gratitude'.
  • She was ranked #20 on Examiner.com's list, Fall TV's Most Beautiful Women 2012.
  • She is a fan of the Harry Potter book series.
  • She was ranked #45 on the Buddy TV's list, TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2012.
  • Claire Holt previously worked with Maiara Walsh, who portrayed "Sarah", on Mean Girls 2 (2011).
  • On The Originals (2013), her character Rebekah's nemesis is named "Elena Gilbert", but ironically on her previous show, H2O: Just Add Water (2006), her character's name was "Emma Gilbert".
  • She was ranked #33 on Examiner.com's list, The 100 most beautiful TV women of 2012.
  • She was ranked #15 on The CW's 20 Hottest Women of 2012 list.
  • In April 2013, Claire and Phoebe Tonkin will have appeared in 3 television series together: H2O: Just Add Water (2006), The Vampire Diaries (2009) and The Originals (2013).
  • She was ranked #30 on the Buddy TV's list, TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2013.
  • Claire Holt is a proud supporter of her country's rugby team, the Qantas Wallabies, but has not publicly spoken of her favorite player.
  • She is very good in sports, and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
  • Claire Holt's doppelganger is Gracie Dzienny, who is on a Nick-TV show, just as Claire was when her career started.
  • Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin are real life best friends and portrayed mermaids on a TV show together back in 2006 that was called H2O: Just Add Water.
  • Claire Holt also enjoys playing the guitar and the piano.
  • Interesting to note, Phoebe Tonkin's character on The Secret Circle is a witch while Rebekah could possibly have been one, too, before she was turned into a vampire, since her mother was a witch.
  • Claire admitted that when Phoebe told her she was coming to Atlanta, she had never shrieked so loud in her life.
  • Both Claire and Phoebe made their debuts on The Vampire Diaries in the third episode of a season, Claire in The End of the Affair in the third season, and Phoebe in The Rager of the fourth season. From then on, they both played recurring characters until being cast as regulars on The Originals.
  • Claire was cast in TVD after she auditioned for the now-ended drama The Secret Circle. Ironically, the show (which was produced by Kevin Williamson, who also worked on The Vampire Diaries), went on to star Claire's friend and eventual TVD cast-mate Phoebe Tonkin.
  • Claire Holt got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Matthew J. Kaplan, on July 14, 2015.
  • Claire Holt worked on Pretty Little Liars (2010), she plays a character named "Samara Cook", which was the show Torrey DeVitto, who plays "Meredith", stars in. Bianca Lawson (Emily Bennett) and Sterling Sulieman (Harper) played characters on that show, too.
  • She enjoys singing, and was once part of her school choir.
  • Claire Holt worked on Pretty Little Liars, she plays a character called Samara Cook, which was the show Torrey DeVitto, who plays Meredith, stars in. Bianca Lawson (Emily Bennett) and Sterling Sulieman (Harper) played characters in that show, too.
  • She was a fan favorite for the title role in Supergirl (2015 - ) before Melissa Benoist was cast.
  • On April 27, 2017 her husband Matthew J. Kaplan filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences via his attorney, Anne C. Kiley, on April 27, which the day before their first wedding anniversary. On May 2, she filed a response via her attorney, Joel D. Schwartz, to the Superior Court of Los Angeles. In the documents Holt claims that the couple separated on April 27, which is three days after Kaplan alleged that they split.
  • As December 1, 2017, announced engagement to the Real Estate Executive Andrew Joblon after 5 months of relationship.
  • Quotes
  • It's nice to be able to directly speak to fans and thank them for their support. The only time that it can get tricky is when they are unkind or say things that may not be so easy to say if they weren't behind a computer. Bullying is never okay. I personally have only experienced it very infrequently so overall I enjoy Twitter and Instagram but I'm definitely aware of it.
  • Show me how you dance and I will know where you are from...
  • I would love to continue to challenge myself by trying different things. Action, Drama, Comedy... I would be grateful to do any and all of it if someone is kind enough to hire me! I have such a wonderful time on The Originals though, because I get to play Rebekah in so many different periods. I'm a little spoiled.
  • [About Rebekah Mikaelson] She really just wants to be liked, she wants people to want to be around her and then she puts up the tough act and pretend she don't care. But she does. She's just a girl, you know.

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