Carice van Houten
|Carice van Houten|
Carice van Houten in 2013.
|Born||Carice Anouk van Houten
5 September 1976
Leiderdorp, South Holland, Netherlands
|Partner(s)||Sebastian Koch (2005–2009)
Kees van Nieuwkerk (2013–present)
Carice Anouk van Houten (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˈris ɑˈnuk fɑn ˈɦʌu̯tə(n)]; born 5 September 1976) is a Dutch actress and singer. She is best known for her role in Black Book (2006), the most commercially successful Dutch film to date. Internationally, she is also known for English language work in films like 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 highly acclaimed 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 (2006), The Happy Housewife (2010) and Black Butterflies (2011). In the US she received two Saturn Award nominations.
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. He raised Carice with many silent movies, and during a Dutch interview she professed to prefer playing scenes without dialogue. 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 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 was 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", debuted on YouTube. This song was written by Howe Gelb of Giant Sand.
One of van Houten's best friends in life is fellow Dutch actress Halina Reijn, whom she has known since about 1994. They worked together in movies Black Book and Valkyrie.
In 2013 the two published a book together called Anti Glamour, a (mock) style guide and a celebration of their friendship, as well as a candid look into the unglamourous back-stage side of their lives. Although the two occasionally kiss on camera, and have joked about being lesbians, there is no actual romantic involvement.
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
Golden Calf for Best Acting in a Television Drama
|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||13 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2015||The Simpsons||Annika Van Houten||Episode "Let’s Go Fly A Coot"|
- In isolation, the surname is pronounced [vɑn ˈɦʌu̯tə(n)].
- "Zwartboek beste film aller tijden – Cinema.nl Nieuws" (in Dutch). Cinema.nl. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
- Van Houten, Carice (5 April 2013). College Tour (in Dutch). Interview with Twan Huys. 3:00 minutes in. College Tour. NTR. Amsterdam. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014.
- 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
- Stigter, Bianca (4 September 2006). "Carice van Houten slaat in als een bom" [Carice van Houten hits like a bomb] (in Dutch). NRC newspaper. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
- Basisinstinkt: Paul Verhoevens „Schwarzbuch“ in Venedig in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1 September 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
- ANP (6 December 2006). "Carice van Houten trekt zich terug uit voorstelling". nu.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 December 2006.
- "Women of the Year" (7 January 2008) in the magazine New York. Retrieved on 13 December 2008.
- Van Houten (February 2008) in the magazine Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 13 December 2008.
- Carice van Houten uit Hollywood-film geknipt. NU.nl. 18 September 2008.
- 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 12 August 2012.
- News, antonyandthejohnsons.com webpage, 6 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "Carice van Houten 'afgewezen' door Halina Reijn" [Carice van Houten 'turned down' by Halina Reijn] (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 14 Dec 2013. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014.
- "Beroemdemeidenlol: het ‘stijlboek’ van Van Houten en Reijn" [Famous chicks' fun: Van Houten and Reijn's 'style guide'] (in Dutch). NRC newspaper. 14 Nov 2013. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014.
- "'Anti glamour': Halina Reijn & Carice van Houten" (in Dutch). De Wereld Draait Door. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- "Carice van Houten en Halina Reijn zoenen voor fotoshoot Linda" [Carice van Houten and Halina Reijn kiss for fotoshoot in Linda] (in Dutch). NU.nl. 19 Nov 2013. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014.
- Carice valt voor tegenspeler uit 'Zwartboek' 22 August 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2006.
- ANP (5 July 2007). "Carice van Houten wordt ongelukkig van Hollywood". nu.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
- "Carice is de vrouw van Leonardo en Jude???". MovieReporter.nl. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2007.
- "Carice van Houten – See You on the Ice (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
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