Credit: Jen Lowery/Splash News Photo: Claire Holt at the 10th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party

The Vampire Diaries stars are quite the international bunch! From England to Bulgaria, the cast’s homelands are all over the map. The lovely Claire Holt, who plays Original vamp Rebekah, is no exception.

Claire was born on June 11, 1988 in Brisbane, Australia. The Aussie actress graduated from Stuartholme School, located in a Brisbane suburb, in 2005. According to her Wikipedia profile, she was a sporty kid, having participated in swimming, volleyball, and water polo. Oh, and she has a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. So that’s how she makes Rebekah’s kick ass-iveness look so realistic!

With all the water sports in her background, it’s no wonder that Claire’s first acting role was as a mermaid on the Australian TV show H2O: Just Add Water. (TVD co-star Phoebe Tonkin, Claire’s best bud, also starred.) She then took on a role in the horror film Messengers 2: The Scarecrow and landed a spot in Mean Girls 2.
 
In 2011, Claire came back to TV, this time in the U.S. She appeared on Pretty Little Liars for five episodes, then made the jump to The Vampire Diaries. And we’re so glad she did!

 

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