Trivia & Facts

Birth name: Claire Rhiannon Holt
Date of Birth: 11 June 1988.
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality: Australian
Husband: Matt Kaplan
Height: 169 cm
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Zodiac: Gemini
Hobbies: Singing, water polo, swimming, volleyball, playing the guitar and piano.

Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite Movie: This is England
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird and Harry Potter
Favorite Quote: When opportunity does not knock, build a door / La Dolce Vita.
Favourite drink: Apple Martini
Favorite song: ‘Coolio’ – Paradise

-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.
-She initially wanted to be a Doctor and only did commercials for extra money.
-Was in her school choir when she was younger.
-Hopes to return to education and get a University degree at some point.
-Her father has 9 siblings. She has 40 cousins.
-The first concert she went to was Shaggy’s.
-Her mother is from the United Kingdom.
-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’s list, Fall TV’s Most Beautiful Women 2012.
-Claire Holt is a proud supporter of her country’s rugby team, the Qantas Wallabies, but has not publicly spoken of her favorite player.
-Her character Rebekah’s nemesis is named Elena Gilbert, but ironically on her previous show, H2O: Just Add Water, her character’s name was Emma Gilbert.
-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.
-Claire Holt is best friends with TVD co-star Phoebe Tonkin in real life.
-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.
-Claire Holt previously worked with Maiara Walsh, who portrayed Sarah, on Mean Girls 2.
-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.