Claire Holt

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Claire Holt
Claire Holt at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Holt at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Born Claire Rhiannon Holt[1]
(1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 (age 29)[2]
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia[3]
Nationality Australian
Education Stuartholme School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for
Spouse(s) Matthew Kaplan
(m. 2016; separated 2017)

Claire Rhiannon Holt (born 11 June 1988) is an Australian actress, known for her roles as Kate in the 2017 survival horror film 47 Meters Down, Emma on the television show H2O: Just Add Water, Samara Cook in Pretty Little Liars, and Rebekah Mikaelson on The CW series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals.

Personal life[edit]

Holt was born in Brisbane, Queensland, 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.[4] When she was younger, she was in the school choir.

Holt became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Matthew Kaplan in July 2015.[5] The two were married in April 2016.[6] 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.[7]


In 2006, Holt 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, Holt 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 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, Holt has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld, Sizzler, and Queensland Lifesaving. BuddyTV ranked her number 55 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.[8]

In August 2011, Holt was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Holt returned to her role in the season one finale on 13 May 2014, and continues to periodically guest star on the series.

In 2015, Holt was linked to CBS' Supergirl although she chose not pursue it.[citation needed] She starred in NBC "event series" Aquarius as Charmain Tully.[citation needed] In 2016, she was cast in the romantic comedy film The Divorce Party, playing the role of Susan and will star alongside Matilda Lutz and Thomas Cocquerel.[citation needed]

In 2017, Holt had a starring role, Kayla, in the ABC thriller drama television pilot Doomsday.[12] 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.[13]


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 Main role
2017 47 Meters Down Kate
TBA The Divorce Party Susan Filming[citation needed]
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
2011 Pretty Little Liars Cook, SamaraSamara Cook Recurring role, 5 episodes
2011–2013 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Mikaelson, RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Recurring role, 38 episodes
2013–present Originals, TheThe Originals Mikaelson, RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Main role (season 1); recurring role (season 2 – present); 27 episodes
2015–2016 Aquarius Tully, CharmainCharmain Tully Main role, 22 episodes
Music video roles
Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "We Are Done" The Madden Brothers Cameo
2017 "Small Town Boy" Dustin Lynch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated [14]


  1. ^ Guliadis, Theo (6 June 2013). "Happy Birthday Wishes for Claire Holt: Pictures and Fun Facts!". The Vampire Diaries. Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Questions for Claire Holt (Emma Gilbert)". Boomerang Latin America. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pretty Little Liars Cast - Claire Holt". ABC Family. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "H2O - Just Add Water: cast". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (14 July 2015). "Claire Holt Is Engaged! Check out the Aquarius Actress's Ring". People. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Former 'The Originals' star Claire Holt gets married". 29 April 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Stone, Natalie (4 May 2017). "The Originals' Actress Claire Holt's Husband Files for Divorce One Day Before 1-Year Anniversary". People. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". BuddyTV. 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Naoreen, Nuzhat (9 August 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' Casts Stefan's Ex: 5 Theories On Why She's Coming To Town". Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Swift, Andy (13 February 2013). "'The Originals' Scoop: Claire Holt Joins The 'Vampire Diaries' Spin-Off". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (11 March 2014). "Claire Holt Exits The Originals". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 March 2017). "Claire Holt To Topline 'Doomsday' ABC Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (25 July 2016). "Mandy Moore’s Shark Tale '47 Meters Down’ Bought From Weinsteins". Variety. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "FIRST WAVE OF "TEEN CHOICE 2014" NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Teen Choice Awards. 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

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