If you are an avid fan of the CW shows The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the name Claire Holt will be very familiar to you. Claire is best known for her role as Rebekah Mikaelson in both shows; the role has received critical acclaim since its debut in The Vampire Diaries. The talented actress, who has been in the industry since 2006, has built an impressive career over the years. Here’s everything you need to know about her.
Claire Holt Biography
Claire Rhiannon Holt is an Australian actress who was born on the 11th of June, 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Growing up, Claire attended Stuartholme School in Toowong. She enjoyed participating in sports like swimming, volleyball, and water polo. She also owns a black belt in Taekwondo and was a part of her school choir at a very tender age.
After graduating from school in 2005, Claire did not bother going off to a college. She chose to pursue a professional career in acting.
In 2006, her career began with her role as Emma Gilbert in Network Ten Children TV series H2O: Just Add Water. Due to its high ratings and fan base, Claire Holt became a certified star in Australia. Sadly, she left the show after the second season. The show bagged a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids’ Choice Award during its run.
When Claire Holt left the show, she signed on to appear in Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009) which was shot in Sofia, Bulgaria. She starred alongside Norman Reedus, Matthew McNulty, and Heather Stephens. Claire has also appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld theme park, Sizzler Restaurant, and Queensland Lifesaving.
A major acting gig that turned her into an internationally recognized actress came knocking in August 2011 when Claire Holt signed on to play Rebekah Mikaelson in the CW supernatural drama television series, The Vampire Dairies. She appeared in 26 episodes of the series as Rebekah and on the 13th of January, 2013, she reprised her role in its spin-off – The Originals, appearing in 24 episodes. Her character, Rebekah Mikaelson, was an original vampire and the sister to Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson, who served as villains on The Vampire Diaries and later appeared as Anti-heroes on The Originals.
For her role, she received a nomination for the Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy’s Teen Choice Awards.
Other notable works she has appeared in include Pretty Little Liars (2010) as Samara Cook, Mean Girls 2 (2011) as Chastity Meyer, The Divorce Party (2016) as Susan, Doomsday (2017) as Kayla and 47 Meters Down (2017), starring as Kate alongside Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine.
5 Lesser Known But Interesting Facts About The Actress
1. She Was Almost Supergirl
When CBS began work on producing the DC comic book series Supergirl, Claire Holt was a serious contender for the role of Kara Zor-El – the show’s lead and titular character. Unfortunately, it was later revealed that Melissa Benoist had nabbed the role of Supergirl in the show.
2. She’s Been Married Twice
This beautiful Australian actress has been married twice. Her first marriage was to longtime boyfriend and TV producer Matthew Kaplan. Their marriage was in April 2016 but on the 27th of April 2017, Matthew filed for a divorce.
Her second marriage was on the 18th of August 2018 to real estate executive – Andrew Joblon. The pair got married in an intimate wedding ceremony. This was after they got engaged on the 3rd of December 2017 following her divorce from her former husband, Matthew.
3. Her Best friend
Claire Holt has been best friends with fellow Australian actress, Phoebe Tonkin since they both starred on H2O: Just Add Water. They were also TV castmates on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
When Phoebe relocated to Los Angeles, the two friends lived close to each other.
4. ADHD Diagnosis
When Claire was young, she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some ADHD symptoms include being easily distracted, forgetful, difficulty in focusing attention, having a hard time following instructions, and being easily confused.
5. She Suffered A Miscarriage
On the 4th of March, 2018, the actress revealed on social media that she had suffered a miscarriage. Thankfully, the Australian star revealed on the 11th of October, 2018, that she was expecting a child with her husband. On the 19th of November, 2018, she revealed that they were expecting a son.