South African-born Australian actress and dancer Cariba Heine was born on 1st October, 1988 in Johannesburg to South African parents Michelle, a former showgirl, and Kevin Heine. She moved to Australia at the age of three with her parents and older brother Kyle.
Cariba is known for her roles as Rikki Chadwick in the Network Ten show H2O: Just Add Water.
During her early days in life, she had trainings in jazz dance, tap dance, classical ballet, acrobatics and rhythmic gymnastics, and studying acting and singing at National Capital Acting School. She danced at her mother’s dance school in Canberra where she later attended Telopea Park School and St Clare’s College. She was the youngest dancer to perform at the Stargazers Convention in Sydney, Australia.
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To enable her focus on her dance career, Cariba had to be home schooled. She performed in many stage productions, including a tour in the United States, where she featured in the music video for Will Young’s song “Leave Right Now”. After a serious hip injury, she was advised to turn temporarily to acting by her manager.
Cariba began her acting career in 2006 by being cast on the television series, H2O: Just Add Water, where she played Rikki Chadwick, one of the lead roles. afterwards she portrayed Caroline Byrne in the television film A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne which was broadcast on Network Ten in Australia on 4 November 2009.
In 2011 she joined the cast of the indie film Lord of the Crows even though the film ultimately failed to get crowdfunded. In 2012, she portrayed Heather in Bait 3D, and Delvene Delaney in Channel 9’s biographical TV miniseries Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War. In 2016 Cariba repeated her role as Rikki Chadwick in the final two episodes of the third series of Mako: Island of Secrets, a spin-off of H2O: Just Add Water. That same year she had a starring role in the short film How’d I Get in This Field which premiered at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival and a host others.