Carice Anouk van Houten (Dutch pronunciation: [kaˑˈris ɑˈnuk vɑn ˈɦʌu̯tə(n)]; born 5 September 1976) is a Dutch actress and singer. She is best known for her role inBlack Book (2006), the most commercially successful Dutch film to date. Internationally, she is also known for English-speaking works such as Valkyrie (2008), Repo Men (2010), Black Death (2010), and the TV series Game of Thrones in which she has played the role of Melisandre since 2012.
A very popular actress in the Netherlands, she has won five Golden Calf Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Suzy Q (1999), Undercover Kitty (2001), Black Book, The Happy Housewife (2010) and Black Butterflies (2011). In the US she received two Saturn Award nominations.
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Van Houten was born on 5 September 1976 in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands. Her mother, Margje Stasse, is on the board of Dutch educational TV, and her father, Theodore van Houten, is a writer and broadcaster. She has a younger sister, Jelka van Houten, who is also an actress. Her paternal grandmother was Scottish. Van Houten went to the St. Bonifatiuscollege (high school) in Utrecht, where she played the leading role in Hugo Claus' Tijl Uilenspieghel, directed by Ad Migchielsen. Van Houten studied briefly at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts but continued her professional education after one year at the Kleinkunstacademie in Amsterdam.van Houten at the premiere of Dorothy, 2008
van Houten played her first leading role in Martin Koolhoven's TV film Suzy Q. Van Houten won a Golden Calf for her part as Suzy. She also won the Pisuisse Award and the Top Naeff Award for her stage acting and another Golden Calf for her part as the kitten that becomes a girl in Undercover Kitty (2001). The first time she could be seen in cinemas in the USA was when Martin Koolhoven's AmnesiA (2001) got a small theatrical release.
Van Houten won a Golden Calf for her performance as Rachel Stein in the 2006 film Black Book at the Netherlands Film Festival. Black Book's director Paul Verhoeven says about her in a television interview: "Never in my life I have worked with an actress this talented", and when asked to compare her with Sharon Stone he said "Carice can really act". The international press is also enthusiastic about her role in Black Book. Dick Schümer wrote in his review of the film in the Frankfurter Allgemeine that Carice van Houten is "not only more beautiful, but also a better actress than Scarlett Johansson".
Carice's first English spoken movie was Dorothy from French director Agnès Merlet.
In 2008 she starred in the non-commercial short movie Zingen in het donker (English: Singing in the dark), a drama on domestic violence. In January 2008, Van Houten was named Woman of the Year by New York Magazine. She appeared in the magazine Vanity Fair in the issue for March 2008, photographed by Wayne Maser.
On 4 October 2008 filming began on From Time To Time directed by Julian Fellowes. It is based on the children's literature classic The Chimneys of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston. Van Houten is attached to star as Maria Oldknow.
In April 2009, it was announced that Van Houten would star in Black Death by UK director Christopher Smith and in the highly anticipated Dutch film Komt een vrouw bij de dokter (English title: Stricken), based on the celebrated novel of the same name by Ray Kluun. She also starred in the Science-Fiction thriller Repo Men.
In late November 2012, the video for "Particle of Light", the second single from her album, "See You on the Ice", was debuted on YouTube. This song was written by Howe Gelb of Giant Sand.
Van Houten has stated that Hollywood makes her unhappy: "I have seen Hollywood, and although I have nothing against it, it's not my kind of life. My agent is shocked that I want to stay in Europe," adding, "If Hollywood offers me a great part, of course I'll take it, but I just don't want to live there".
|1997||Het Labyrint||Mariek||TV series|
|1999||Suzy Q||Suzy||TV film|
|2000||Goede daden bij daglicht: Op weg||Carola||TV film|
|2001||De acteurs||Ellie||TV series|
|2002||Luifel & Luifel||Roos||Episode: "De Krottenkoning"|
|2004||Russen||José Machielsen||Episode: "De zevende getuige"|
|2004||Kopspijkers||Georgina Verbaan||Episode: "Dance-4-Life"|
|2006||Koppensnellers||Georgina Verbaan||Episode: "1.16"|
|2009||Gewoon Hans||Herself||TV film|
|2010||In therapie||Aya||3 episodes|
|2011||Human Planet||Narrator||Dutch dubbing|
|2012–present||Game of Thrones||Melisandre of Asshai||11 episodes|