|Born||Claire Rhiannon Holt
(1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Kaplan (m. 2016; separated 2017)|
Claire Rhiannon Holt (born 11 June 1988) is an Australian actress, known for her roles as 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. She is also known for her role as Kate in the 2017 survival horror film 47 Meters Down.
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. When she was younger, she was in the school choir.
Holt became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Matthew Kaplan in July 2015. 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, she is also asking for her name to be changed from Kaplan back to Holt.
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.
In August 2011, Holt was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah. 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 continues to periodically guest star on the series.
In 2015, Holt was linked to CBS’ Supergirl although she chose not 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 and will star alongside Matilda Lutz and Thomas Cocquerel.
In 2017, Holt was cast in a starring role, playing Kayla, in the ABC thriller drama television pilot Doomsday. In addition, Holt starred as Kate in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down opposite Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine which released in theaters on 16 June 2017.
|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|
|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|
|2014||“We Are Done”||The Madden Brothers||Cameo|
|2017||“Small Town Boy”||Dustin Lynch|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The Originals||Nominated|||