Cariba Heine

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Cariba Heine
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Born (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 30)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 2003–present

Cariba Heine (born 1 October 1988[1]) is a South African-born Australian actress and dancer. She is known for her roles as Rikki Chadwick in the Network Ten show H2O: Just Add Water, Bridget Sanchez in the third series of Blue Water High, and Caroline Byrne in A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne.

Early life[edit]

Heine was born in Johannesburg[1] to South African parents Michelle, a former showgirl, and Kevin Heine.[2] She moved to Australia at the age of three with her parents and older brother Kyle (born 1985).[2][3]



Her early days included training in jazz dance, tap dance, classical ballet, acrobatics and rhythmic gymnastics, and studying acting and singing at National Capital Acting School[3] She danced at her mother's dance school in Canberra,[4] where she later attended Telopea Park School and St Clare's College. She was the youngest dancer to perform at the Stargazers Convention in Sydney, Australia.[5] She was homeschooled to focus on her dance career, and performed in many stage productions, including a tour in the United States, where she featured in the music video for Will Young's song "Leave Right Now".[3] After a serious hip injury, she was suggested to turn temporarily to acting by her manager.[3]


Heine began her acting career in 2006 by being cast on the television series, H2O: Just Add Water, where she played Rikki Chadwick, one of the lead roles.[6] Heine next portrayed Caroline Byrne in the television film A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne which was broadcast on Network Ten in Australia on 4 November 2009.[7]

In 2011 she joined the cast of the indie film Lord of the Crows,[8] though the film ultimately failed to get crowdfunded.[9] In 2012, she portrayed Heather in Bait 3D,[10] and Delvene Delaney in Channel 9's biographical TV miniseries Howzat! Kerry Packer's War.[11] In 2016 Heine reprised her role as Rikki Chadwick in the final two episodes of the third series of Mako: Island of Secrets, a spin-off of H2O: Just Add Water.[12] The same year Heine had a starring role in the short film How'd I Get in This Field which premiered at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival.

Heine joined the cast of Home and Away in 2018 as Ebony Harding.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Ballistic Sessions Amanda Short film
2005 Strictly Dancing Herself Episode: "Heat 12"
2006–10 H2O: Just Add Water Rikki Chadwick Main role (78 episodes)
2007 Stupid, Stupid Man Mindy Episode: "The Boyfriend"
2008 Blue Water High Bridget Sanchez Main role (series 3; 25 episodes)
2009 The Pacific Phyllis Episode: "Home"
2009 A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne Caroline Byrne Television film
2009 At the Tattooist Alex Short film
2010–13 Dance Academy Isabelle Recurring role (9 episodes)
2010–13 The Future Machine Kate Hill Web series[14]
2011 Blood Brothers Ellie Carter Television film
2012 Quietus Alex Short film
2012 Bait 3D Heather Film
2012 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War Delvene Delaney Television miniseries
2014 Friendly Advice Faith Web series; 2 episodes
2015 Hiding Harriet 4 episodes
2016 Adopted Harriet Web series;[15] episodes: "Music, Virgins, and Prawns", "Kofi's Choice"
2016 Mako: Island of Secrets Rikki Chadwick Episodes: "The Legend of Jiao Long", "Homecoming"[12]
2016 How'd I Get In This Field Ashley Short film
2016 Rough Sweat June Short film
2017 Designated Survivor Peyton Lane Episodes: "Suckers", "Two Ships", "Family Ties"
2018 Home and Away Ebony [13]


  1. ^ a b "About the Stars: Cariba Heine as 'Rikki'". ZDF Enterprises. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ranawake, Sarah (November 2009). "Cariba Heine wears Young Romance". InStyle. p. 155. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Reilly, Gabrielle. "Cariba Heine Biography". The Global Townhall. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Interview with Cariba Heine".
  5. ^ "Australian Television: H2O – Just Add Water: Cariba Heine". Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  6. ^ Moss, Marilyn (12 March 2008). "H2O". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 22 January 2016. The three girls (played by delightful actresses Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Cariba Heine) wander too far out into the water and become enchanted, so to speak.
  7. ^ "Beauty and the beast". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2016. "A motive for murder". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Lord of the Crows attract Gibson Guitars". Encore Magazine. Focal Attractions. 14 June 2011. Archived from the original on 19 June 2011.
  9. ^ "LORD OF THE CROWS - Feature Film Promo". Indiegogo. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Bait 2011 movie trailer, poster".
  11. ^ Byrne, Fiona (12 May 2012). "Cariba delves into her role as Delaney". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Mermaid's Tale Double Take For Heine". The Gold Coast Bulletin. 18 July 2015. p. 2.
  13. ^ a b Velk, Eliza (18 April 2018). "Why the new Home and Away stalker looks so familiar". Yahoo7 Be. Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  14. ^ "The Future Machine". Dirty Karma. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  15. ^ "About". Adopted. Retrieved 22 January 2016.

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