Cariba Heine

Cariba Heine

Cariba Heine is a notable Australian actress, dancer, and model, who has achieved prominence primarily for her portrayal of Rikki Chadwick in the acclaimed youth series “H2O: Just Add Water.” Cariba stands out as a multifaceted artist, demonstrating versatility across various genres of the performing arts. Her proficiency is not limited to acting and dancing; she is also fluent in French, showcasing her diverse skill set and adaptability.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Cariba Heine

Date of birth:

October 1, 1988

Zodiac sign:



Johannesburg, South Africa





Marital status:



5' 5" (1.65 m)


123 lbs (56 kg)


actress, model, dancer

Early life

Born on October 1, 1988, in South Africa, Cariba Heine moved to Australia with her parents and elder brother, Kyle, shortly after her birth. Her mother, an accomplished dancer, founded a dance school in the capital and encouraged her children to join. Both Cariba and Kyle embraced this opportunity, with Kyle eventually pursuing a professional dance career and Cariba exploring her acting and singing abilities.


Cariba, engaged in the performing arts since the age of three, was homeschooled to accommodate her passion for dance. Competing in numerous contests helped her amass experience and self-assurance, while international tours exposed her to diverse artistic realms. She toured the USA and several European countries, contributing to renditions of timeless fairy tales.

At 16, Cariba ventured into the television dance project “Strictly Dancing,” captivating audiences as the youngest yet exceptionally gifted and driven contestant. Although she didn’t secure a win, her performance attracted multiple agents, leading to a pivotal career breakthrough.

A fervent dancer, Cariba had no intentions of forsaking her love for dance until a minor rehearsal injury led to medical prohibition against dancing. Subsequently, her agent proposed exploring acting, aligning with another of Cariba’s aspirations. She embraced this new avenue, attending numerous auditions and eventually portraying mermaid Rikki Chadwick.

The series “H2O: Just Add Water” catapulted Cariba to international stardom, airing in over a hundred countries. She collaborated with Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin throughout the series, maintaining these friendships post-production. Cariba’s debut success earned her widespread recognition and a devoted fan base, prompting her to continue accepting diverse acting opportunities, including roles in “At the Tattooist,” “Blood Brothers,” and “The Pacific.”

In 2009, Cariba delivered a critically acclaimed performance in “A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne.” The subsequent year saw her joining “Dance Academy,” allowing her to amalgamate her acting and dancing passions.


Cariba Heine (on the left) in H2O: Just Add Water

Cariba Heine Movies and TV Shows

  • 2020

    The Secrets She Keeps


  • 2015



  • 2013–2016

    Mako: Island of Secrets

    Rikki Chadwick

  • 2011

    Bait 3D


  • 2010–2013

    The Future Machine

    Kate Hill

  • 2010–2013

    Dance Academy


  • 2009

    The Pacific


  • 2009

    A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne

    Caroline Byrne

  • 2006–2010

    H2O: Just Add Water

    Rikki Chadwick

  • 2005–2008

    Blue Water High

    Bridget Sanchez


Cariba Heine (on the left) in Dance Academy

Cariba Heine’s personal life and family

Cariba is notably private about her personal life, revealing minimal details to the media. It is known that she and actor Jamie Timony developed a lasting romantic relationship during the filming of “H2O: Just Add Water,” although they prefer to keep their relationship out of the public eye, sharing no intimate photographs online, leading to fan speculation.


Cariba Heine and Jamie Timony

Cariba Heine now

Cariba, now a striking brunette, has been selective with her roles in recent years. She remains in Australia, unlike her “H2O: Just Add Water” co-stars who ventured to Hollywood. In 2020, she appeared in “The Secrets She Keeps.” Cariba, also passionate about photography and dance, shares her work on Instagram, eagerly awaiting new artistic opportunities while embracing her transformed image.

Published: October 2, 2023
Updated: July 22, 2024