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Claire Rhiannon Holt

(1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 (age 35)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Australia
  • United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
  • Matt Kaplan
    (m. 2016; div. 2017)
  • Andrew Joblon
    (m. 2018)
Children 3

Claire Rhiannon Holt (born 11 June 1988) is an Australian actress. She is 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.

Early life

Holt was born in Brisbane 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. .....

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 thriller 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.

Personal life

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 three children: two sons (born 2019 and 2023) and a daughter (born 2020).

Holt announced that she became an American citizen in November 2019.


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Holt at the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's Influence Affair Red Carpet 2012
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Messengers 2: The Scarecrow Rollins, LindsayLindsay Rollins
2012 Blue Like Jazz Penny
2017 47 Meters Down Kate
2019 Divorce Party, TheThe Divorce Party Susan
Violent Separation, AA Violent Separation Campbell, AbbeyAbbey Campbell
Painted Beauty Sasha
2021 Untitled Horror Movie Kelly Also executive producer
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2008 H2O: Just Add Water Gilbert, EmmaEmma Gilbert Main role (seasons 1–2), 51 episodes
2011 Mean Girls 2 Meyer, ChastityChastity Meyer Television film
Pretty Little Liars Cook, SamaraSamara Cook Recurring role (seasons 1–2), 5 episodes
2011–2014 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Mikaelson, RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Recurring role, 38 episodes
2013–2018 Originals, TheThe Originals Main role (season 1); Special Guest (seasons 2–5); 37 episodes
2015–2016 Aquarius Tully, CharmainCharmain Tully Main role, 22 episodes
2021–2022 Legacies Mikaelson, RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Special guest star, 2 episodes
2023 Based on a True Story TV writer Episode: "Ted Bundy Bottle Opener"
Music video roles
Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "We Are Done" The Madden Brothers
2017 "Small Town Boy" Dustin Lynch

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated

See also

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