How would we describe Claire Holt in three words? Talented, mesmerizing, and unforgettable! When the gorgeous Aussie and former mermaid from H20: Just Add Water joined the Vampire Diaries cast in Season 3 as sassy yet vulnerable Original vampire Rebekah Mikaelson, we knew right away she was going to become a fan favorite. And guess what? She in fact has!
Not only does Claire possess a great deal of screen presence but she’s also eloquent, down-to-earth, and seems super sweet! Well, Miss Claire happened to turn 24 years old on June 11, 2012, so in honor of her special day we’re following TVD tradition and celebrating with a round of stunning photos of the young starlet as well as twenty-four fun facts about her. Sink your teeth into the birthday festivities below!
Claire's full name is Claire Rhiannon Holt.
Claire hails from the beautiful land of Australia.
Claire is close with her onscreen Original siblings, Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan.
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Wonder how Rebekah overpowered Damon Salvatore? Well, perhaps Claire's athletic prowess came in handy! She keeps busy with various sports and workouts!
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Hottie alert! BuddyTV ranked her #55 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.
Did you know she excels at Tai-Kwon-Do and is actually a black belt? Talk about kickass!
Alongside Phoebe Tonkin, Claire portrayed mermaid Emma Gilbert on H2O: Just Add Water.
She has some pretty awesome friends including Gossip Girl star, Ed Westwick!
Miss Claire graduated from Stuartholme High School in Toowong, Queensland at the end of 2005.
Move aside, Regina George! Claire got her sass on in the hilarious Mean Girls 2 flick. (Her nickname on set was Clack!)
This TVD starlet is very well-rounded -- she's even a competitive water polo player!
Claire's no stranger to horror stories! She portrayed Lindsey Rollins in Messengers 2: The Scarecrow.
Her favorite thriller? The Silence of the Lambs of course!
She's a social media wiz. Follow her on twitter at @MissClaireHolt!
Her guilty pleasure in life? Ben & Jerry's Choc Chip Cookie Dough all the way!
When she's not joking around with Joseph Morgan, she's hanging out and watching movies with Kat Graham and Nina Dobrev!
Claire is still very close with her H2O co-star Phoebe Tonkin -- the two tweet each other hilarious pics and inside jokes!
Claire not only sings beautifully but she plays the guitar and piano as well. She's so musically inclined!
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Aww! Claire has a tattoo on her left foot, that says 'gratitude.'
Did you know that Claire auditioned for a part in the TV show The Secret Circle? She didn't get it but it's okay because we heart her as Bex on TVD!
Right before TVD, Claire snagged a multi-episode role as Emily Fields' love interest Samara on Pretty Little Liars.
Prior to landing major television and film roles, Claire starred in a number of commercials including ones for Dreamworld, Sizzlers and Queensland Lifesaving.
Claire loves apple martinis --- but probably not as much as Damon Salvatore loves bourbon!
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