Claire Holt

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Claire Holt
Claire Holt at the 47 Meters Down premiere in June 2017 01.png
Holt at the premiere of 47 Meters Down in 2017
Claire Rhiannon Holt

(1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 (age 34)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Australia
  • United States[1]
Years active2006–present
  • (m. 2016; div. 2017)
  • Andrew Joblon
    (m. 2018)

Claire Rhiannon Holt (born 11 June 1988) is an Australian actress.[2] She is known for her roles as Emma Gilbert in H2O: Just Add Water, Samara Cook in Pretty Little Liars, Chastity Meyer in Mean Girls 2, Rebekah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries, and its spinoff series The Originals and Legacies and Kate in the 2017 survival horror film, 47 Meters Down.

Early life[edit]

Holt was born in Brisbane[3] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[4]

In August 2011, Holt was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah Mikaelson.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Holt had a starring role, Kayla, in the ABC thriller drama television pilot Doomsday in 2017.[10] Also that year, Holt starred as Kate in the underwater survival horror film 47 Meters Down, opposite Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine, which was released in theaters on 16 June 2017.[11]

2020s: Established actress[edit]

In 2021, Holt had a starring role in Untitled Horror Movie. She also collaborated with the brand Andie Swim to design a swimsuit collection.[12] In November of the same year, she appeared in the Originals spin-off series Legacies as Rebekah Mikaelson.[13]

In 2022, Holt appeared again in Legacies as Rebekah Mikaelson for one episode, playing the character for the last time.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2015, Holt became engaged to long-time boyfriend, television producer Matt Kaplan.[14] The two were married in April 2016.[15] 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.[16]

On 3 December 2017, Holt announced her engagement to real estate executive Andrew Joblon.[17] On 5 March 2018, Holt revealed on Instagram that she had suffered a miscarriage.[18] Holt and Joblon were married on 18 August 2018.[19] On 11 October 2018, Holt announced on Instagram that she was pregnant,[20] and revealed on 19 November that she was expecting a son.[21] On 28 March 2019, she gave birth to a son.[22] On 3 April 2020, Holt announced on Instagram that she was expecting her second child,[23] and revealed on 16 April 2020 that she was expecting a girl.[24] On 12 September 2020, Holt gave birth to a daughter.[25]

Holt announced that she became an American citizen in November 2019.[1]


Holt at the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's Influence Affair Red Carpet 2012
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Messengers 2: The Scarecrow Lindsay Rollins
2012 Blue Like Jazz Penny
2017 47 Meters Down Kate
2019 The Divorce Party Susan
A Violent Separation Abbey Campbell
Painted Beauty Sasha
2021 Untitled Horror Movie Kelly
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2008 H2O: Just Add Water Emma Gilbert Main role (seasons 1–2), 51 episodes
2011 Mean Girls 2 Chastity Meyer Television film[26]
Pretty Little Liars Samara Cook Recurring role (seasons 1–2), 5 episodes
2011–2014 The Vampire Diaries Rebekah Mikaelson Recurring role, 38 episodes
2013–2018 The Originals Main role (season 1); Special Guest (seasons 2–5); 37 episodes
2015–2016 Aquarius Charmain Tully Main role, 22 episodes
2021–2022 Legacies Rebekah Mikaelson Special guest star, 2 episodes[27]
Music video roles
Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "We Are Done" The Madden Brothers
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 [28]


  1. ^ a b "Claire Holt on Instagram: "Pretty special day for me today. I'M GOING TO BE A VOTER!"". Instagram. 21 November 2019. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Claire Holt Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Australian Television: H2O - Just Add Water". 12 January 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  4. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  5. ^ Naoreen, Nuzhat (9 August 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' Casts Stefan's Ex: 5 Theories On Why She's Coming To Town". MTV. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  6. ^ Swift, Andy (13 February 2013). "'The Originals' Scoop: Claire Holt Joins The 'Vampire Diaries' Spin-Off". Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  7. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (11 March 2014). "Claire Holt Exits The Originals". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ Steinbeiser, Andrew (9 December 2014). "Claire Holt Not Expected To Play Supergirl". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ "'The Divorce Party' Casting Call for Featured Roles". 4 November 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 March 2017). "Claire Holt To Topline 'Doomsday' ABC Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (25 July 2016). "Mandy Moore's Shark Tale '47 Meters Down' Bought From Weinsteins". Variety. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Actress Claire Holt on Collaborating with Andie: Channel Your Inner Mermaid". 9 August 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  13. ^ Swift, Andy (8 November 2021). "Legacies First Look: Claire Holt Brings Rebekah Mikaelson Back to Mystic Falls". TV Line. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Claire Holt Is Engaged! Check out the Aquarius Actress's Ring". People. 14 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Former 'The Originals' star Claire Holt gets married". AOL. 29 April 2016.
  16. ^ "The Originals' Actress Claire Holt's Husband Files for Divorce One Day Before 1-Year Anniversary". People. 4 May 2017.
  17. ^ "The Originals Star Claire Holt Engaged to Andrew Joblon — 7 Months After Split From Matthew Kaplan". People. 3 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Claire Holt on Instagram: "I took this photo 10 days ago, as I waited for surgery after my sweet little baby lost its heartbeat. I sent it to my fiancé in the waiting..."". Instagram. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  19. ^ "The Originals' Claire Holt Marries Andrew Joblon: See Her Wedding Dress". US Weekly. 19 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Claire Holt Is Pregnant After Heartbreaking Miscarriage: 'You Never Forget the Deep Pain of Loss'". People. 11 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Claire Holt Reveals She's Expecting a Boy — Despite Being 'Positively Certain' Baby Was a Girl". People. 20 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Meet James! Claire Holt Welcomes a Son with Husband Andrew Joblon". People. 29 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Claire Holt, Husband Andrew Expecting Second Child: 'Grateful for This Little Ray Sunshine'". People. 3 April 2020.
  24. ^ "The Originals' Claire Holt Reveals the Sex of her Baby". E! Online. 16 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Claire Holt Welcomes Daughter Elle: 'She Flew Into the World and Expanded Our Hearts'". 13 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Mean Girls 2". TV Guide. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  27. ^ Swift, Andy (24 March 2022). "Legacies: Charles Michael Davis and Nathaniel Buzolic to Appear as Marcel and Kol in Season 4 Episode". TVLine. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  28. ^ "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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