Carice van Houten
|Carice van Houten|
Carice van Houten in 2008
|Born||Carice Anouk van Houten
5 September 1976
|Partner(s)||Sebastian Koch (2005–2009)|
Carice Anouk van Houten (Dutch pronunciation: [kaˑˈris ɑˈnuk vɑn ˈɦʌu̯tə(n)]; born 5 September 1976) is a Dutch stage, film and television actress. She has won five Golden Calf Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Suzy Q (1999), Undercover Kitty (2001), Black Book (2006), De Gelukkige Huisvrouw (2010) and for Black Butterflies (2011). Her role in Black Book launched her international career and she has starred in the Hollywood films Valkyrie (2008) and Repo Men (2010). Since 2012 she has played the role of Melisandre on the HBO television series Game of Thrones.
Early life 
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. She 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 at the Kleinkunstacademie in Amsterdam.
Acting career 
Carice 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("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 Stricken (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter), 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.
Personal life 
Carice 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", she says. "If Hollywood offers me a great part, of course I'll take it, but I just don't want to live there".
|1997||3 ronden||Emily||Short film|
|2001||Storm in mijn hoofd||Titania Erwtenbloesem|
|2002||Het everzwijn||Pandora||Short film|
|2006||A Thousand Kisses||Samarinde|
|2006||Ren Lenny ren||Carice||Video|
|2006||Black Book||Rachel Stein / Ellis de Vries|
|2007||Alles is Liefde||Kiki Jollema|
|2008||Dorothy Mills||Jane Van Dopp|
|2008||Valkyrie||Nina von Stauffenberg|
|2009||From Time to Time||Maria Oldknow|
|2010||The Happy Housewife||Lea|
|2011||Black Butterflies||Ingrid Jonker|
|2012||Family Way||Winnie de Roover|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||Birgitta Jónsdóttir||Filming|
|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 zevene getuige"|
|2004||Kopspijkers||Georgina Verbaan||Episode: "Dance-4-Life"|
|2006||Koppensnellers||Georgina Verbaan||Episode: "1.16"|
|2009||Gewoon Hans||Carice Van Houten||TV film|
|2010||In therapie||Aya||Episodes: "Aya & Michel", "Aflevering 9", "Aflevering 14"|
|2012-present||Game of Thrones||Melisandre||Main role (8 episodes)|
- Film Awards
- Golden Calf 1999: Best TV Actress – Suzy Q
- Camério (2002): Best Actress – Undercover Kitty
- Golden Calf 2002: Best Actress – Undercover Kitty
- Artek (2005): Best Actress – Undercover Kitty
- Golden Calf 2006: Best Actress – Black Book
- Rembrandt Award 2009: Best Actress – Komt een vrouw bij de dokter (Stricken)
- Tribeca Film Festival 2011: Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film - Black Butterflies
- Theatre Awards
- Pisuisse Prize (1999)
- Top Naeff Prize (2000)
- Other Awards
- ELLE Personal Style Award 2006
- Biography for Carice van Houten. Retrieved 25 November 2006.
- Winnaars Gouden Kalveren 2006, 6 October 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
- De Wereld Draait Door, 7 September 2006
- Carice van Houten slaat in als een bom, 4 September 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
- Basisinstinkt: Paul Verhoevens „Schwarzbuch“ in Venedig in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1 September 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
- ANP (2006-12-06). "Carice van Houten trekt zich terug uit voorstelling". nu.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2006-12-17.
- "Women of the Year" (2008-01-07) in the magazine New York. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
- Van Houten (February 2008) in the magazine Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
- Repo Men Madness! Six Interviews, Seven Clips, Plus B-Roll
- Hibberd, James (19 July 2011). "'Game of Thrones' casts sorceress Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon". EW.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Film, Nabil Elderkin's nabil.com website lists the video. Video at vimeo. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- News, antonyandthejohnsons.com webpage, August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- Carice valt voor tegenspeler uit 'Zwartboek' 22 August 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2006.
- ANP (2007-07-05). "Carice van Houten wordt ongelukkig van Hollywood". nu.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2007-07-05.
- "Carice van Houten - See You On The Ice (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
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