Biography

Full name: Claire Rhiannon Holt
Nickname: Claire Bear
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5′ 8
Birth date: June 11, 1988
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Zodiac: Gemini
Occupation: Actor, Model
Years active: 2006-present

Claire Rhiannon Holt is an Australian-American actress and model, who is known for her roles as Emma Gilbert in H2O: Just Add Water, Samara Cook in Pretty Little Liars, Rebekah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries, and its spinoff series The Originals and Kate in the 2017 survival horror film, 47 Meters Down.

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’. 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’, titled ‘Messengers 2: The Scarecrow’. 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 addition to television and film roles, she has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld theme park, Sizzler Restaurant, and Queensland Surf Lifesaving and she had cameo appearances provided to The Madden Brothers – ‘We Are Done’. BuddyTV ranked her #55 on its TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.

In August 2011, she 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 thriller film ’47 Meters Down’, opposite Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine, which was released in theaters on 16 June 2017.

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.