Full Name: Claire Rhiannon Holt
Birthday: June 11, 1988
Birth Place: Brisbane, Australia
Relationship Status: Married
Net Worth: $500K
Early Life & Passion for Performing
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Claire Holt discovered her passion for performing at a very young age. She began taking ballet lessons when she was just 3 years old, amazing her family with how gracefully she moved across the studio floor. As a child, Claire immersed herself in school plays and musicals, lighting up the stage anytime she performed.
By age 16, Claire landed the lead role in the TV movie The Elephant Princess, her first big break as an actress. This exciting opportunity only fueled Claire‘s drive and determination to make acting her career. Those of us who have followed her journey have loved watching her grow from a talented teenager into the star she is today.
H2O: The Show That Made Her a Star
In 2006, Claire‘s life changed forever when she landed the role of Emma Gilbert in H2O: Just Add Water. This popular Australian TV series about three girls who turn into mermaids brought Claire fame across the world.
As the leader of the mermaid pack, Claire‘s portrayal of Emma was passionate, relatable and down-to-earth. She beautifully captured the struggles of teenage life through Emma‘s eyes. It was clear from those first episodes that Claire was a star in the making.
For Claire‘s loyal fans, H2O will always hold a special place in our hearts as the show that introduced us to her abilities. Though it initially made Claire a star in Australia, the series‘ reach expanded far beyond through worldwide distribution. I still meet people today who reminisce about growing up watching Claire on H2O.
Stealing Scenes on The Vampire Diaries
Claire‘s career reached new heights in 2011 when she joined the cast of the CW‘s hit supernatural series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah Mikaelson. Though originally slated for a minor role, Claire‘s charisma and complexity in the part made Rebekah a quick fan favorite.
As an ancient, emotionally damaged vampire just looking for love and belonging, Claire brought sensitivity and humanity to the character. Longtime Vampire Diaries fans still rave about Claire‘s chemistry with Ian Somerhalder and how she often stole every scene she was in.
I will never forget watching Claire film the 1920s flashback scenes as Rebekah, when her incredible acting transported us back in time. The cast and crew were amazed seeing her transform into a flapper girl right before their eyes!
Settling into Motherhood, Never Losing Her Passion
Though Claire took a break from acting after her 2018 wedding, she did not slow down creatively. She published a book called "It Started with a Tweet" in 2019, chronicling lessons on social media. The same year, Claire and her husband Andrew welcomed their first child, James.
As a new mother, Claire radiated joy and gratitude. I was so touched to see how motherhood grounded her and brought out her nurturing spirit. She speaks about James and her 2020-born daughter Elle with such warmth and affection.
Claire also launched a passion project called "A Mother‘s Elements" focused on educating moms and providing community. Seeing her thrive in motherhood while creating resources for others is so inspiring. Claire proves you can start a family without sacrificing your dreams.
From H2O Mermaid to Hollywood Starlet
Looking back on Claire‘s journey leaves me in awe of how much she has grown and achieved since her H2O days. Going from a fishtailed teen role to a nuanced, century-old vampire on Vampire Diaries was no easy feat. The fact that Claire pulled it off so effortlessly shows her dedication to the craft of acting.
No matter the project, Claire brings specificity, empathy and complexity to every character she plays. Her work ethic and talent have certainly paid off, earning her shining opportunities in Hollywood. As she expands her resume, I cannot wait to see what iconic female roles Claire takes on next.
One thing I know for sure is that Claire will continue using her platform to uplift others. Just like the characters she plays, Claire Holt is a passionate fighter who believes in the power of courage and community. She is the type of actress and role model we need more of in entertainment.