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Claire Rhiannon Kaplan (née Holt; born 11 June 1988) is an Australian actress, best known for her role on the television show The Vampire Diaries as the Original Vampire Rebekah Mikaelson, H2O: Just Add Water portraying the role of Emma Gilbert.

She plays Samara Cook on Pretty Little Liars.

Acting career

In 2006, Holt played the role of Emma Gilbert in H2O: Just Add Water. The show earned a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids' Choice Award. While the series was renewed for a third series, Holt left the show 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, Sizzlers and Queensland Lifesaving. Holt is also in Mean Girls 2.

Claire can currently be seen playing Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries. She was a regular in Season 4.

Ms. Holt's character Rebekah Mikaelson was such a hit, the starlet and her on-screen family were given a spin-off show, The Originals.

Personal life

Holt graduated from Stuartholme school in Toowong at the end of 2005. She is involved in several sports: swimming, volleyball, water polo player, 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 longtime boyfriend Matt Kaplan in July 2015. The two were married in April 2016.


Year Title Role

2003 - 2008

H2O: Just Add Water Emma Gilbert
2009 Messengers 2: The Scarecrow Lindsay Rollins
2011 Mean Girls 2 Chasity Meyer
2011 Pretty Little Liars Samara Cook
2011-2013 The Vampire Diaries

Rebekah Mikaelson


Seasons 3-5

2012 Blue Like Jazz Penny
2013-present The Originals

Rebekah Mikaelson

Season 1-present

2015 Aquarius Chairman Tully


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