Carice van Houten

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Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten in 2008
BornCarice Anouk van Houten
(1976-09-05) 5 September 1976 (age 36)
Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Sebastian Koch (2005–2009)
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Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten in 2008
BornCarice Anouk van Houten
(1976-09-05) 5 September 1976 (age 36)
Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Years active1997–present
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 and film actress. She won five Golden Calves for her roles in Suzy Q (1999), Undercover Kitty (2001), Black Book (2006), De Gelukkige Huisvrouw (2010) and most recently for Black Butterflies (2011). Her role in Black Book launched her international career. She acted in the American films Valkyrie (2008) and Repo Men (2010).


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.[1]

Acting career

Van Houten at the premiere of Dorothy

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[2] 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".[3] The international press is also enthusiastic about her role in Black Book.[4] 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".[5]

In December 2006, Van Houten withdrew from a theatre production of Alex van Warmerdam due to personal reasons. According to a theatre spokesman it was because of a work overload.[6]

Carice's first English spoken movie was Dorothy from French director Agnès Merlet.

Her performance in Black Book led to roles opposite Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and Jude Law and Forest Whitaker in Repo Men. She has acted in three movies directed by Dutch director Martin Koolhoven.

In 2008, she starred in the non-commercial short movie Zingen in het Donker, a drama on domestic violence. In January 2008, Van Houten was named Woman of the Year by New York Magazine.[7] She appeared in the magazine Vanity Fair in the issue for March 2008, photographed by Wayne Maser.[8]

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.[9]

In July 2011, Van Houten was cast as the priestess Melisandre in the second season of HBO's fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.[10]

In 2012, van Houten appeared in Antony and the Johnsons' "Cut the world" video, which was directed by Nabil[11] and also starred Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramovic.[12]

Personal life

She was in a relationship with actor Sebastian Koch, her co-star in Black Book.[13] The couple announced they were separating in August 2009.

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".[14]


19973 rondenEmily
1998Ivory Guardiansunknown
1999Suzy QSuzyGolden Calf for Best Acting in a Television Drama
2001Storm In Mijn HoofdErwtenbloesem/Titania
Undercover Kitty (Miss Minoes)MinoesGolden Calf for Best Actress
2002The Wild BoarPandora
2003Father's AffairMonika
2005Black SwansMarleenNominated — Golden Calf for Best Actress
LepelJuffrouw Broer
2006Ik Omhels Je Met 1000 ArmenSamarinde
Black BookRachel Stein/Ellis De VriesGolden Calf for Best Actress
Rembrandt Award for Best Actress
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated — German Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
2007Alles is LiefdeKiki JollemaRembrandt Award for Best Actress
2008Dorothy MillsJane Van Dopp
ValkyrieNina Schenk Gräfin von StauffenbergNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009Komt een vrouw bij de dokter (Stricken)CarmenRembrandt Award for Best Actress
From Time to TimeMaria Oldknow
2010Repo MenCarol[15]
De Gelukkige HuisvrouwLeaGolden Calf for Best Actress
Black DeathLangiva
Black ButterfliesIngrid JonkerGolden Calf for Best Actress
2012Game of ThronesMelisandre



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  1. ^ Biography for Carice van Houten. Retrieved 25 November 2006.
  2. ^ Winnaars Gouden Kalveren 2006, 6 October 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
  3. ^ De Wereld Draait Door, 7 September 2006
  4. ^ Carice van Houten slaat in als een bom, 4 September 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
  5. ^ Basisinstinkt: Paul Verhoevens „Schwarzbuch“ in Venedig in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1 September 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
  6. ^ ANP (2006-12-06). "Carice van Houten trekt zich terug uit voorstelling" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Women of the Year" (2008-01-07) in the magazine New York. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
  8. ^ Van Houten (February 2008) in the magazine Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
  9. ^ Repo Men Madness! Six Interviews, Seven Clips, Plus B-Roll
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (19 July 2011). "'Game of Thrones' casts sorceress Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Film, Nabil Elderkin's website lists the video. Video at vimeo. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  12. ^ News, webpage, August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  13. ^ Carice valt voor tegenspeler uit 'Zwartboek' 22 August 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2006.
  14. ^ ANP (2007-07-05). "Carice van Houten wordt ongelukkig van Hollywood" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  15. ^ "Carice is de vrouw van Leonardo en Jude???". 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 

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