Carice van Houten
|Carice van Houten|
|Born||Carice Anouk van Houten
(1976-09-05) 5 September 1976
Leiderdorp, South Holland, Netherlands
|Partner(s)||Sebastian Koch (2005–2009)
Kees van Nieuwkerk (2013–2015)
Guy Pearce (2015-present)
Carice Anouk van Houten (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˈris ɑˈnuk vɑn ˈɦʌu̯tə(n)]; born 5 September 1976) is a Dutch actress and singer. Born in Leiderdorp, a town in the western Netherlands, she was brought up by writer and theatre-radio producer Theodore van Houten. Her younger sister Jelka is also an actress. She was exposed to the performing arts at an early age and studied at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Kleinkunstacademie Theaterschool in Amsterdam. Her first leading role as the eponymous protagonist in the television film Suzy Q (1999) won her the Golden Calf for Best Acting in a Television Drama; two years later, she won her second Golden Calf for Best Actress for Undercover Kitty (2001).
She gained widespread recognition for her performance in Black Book (2006), the most commercially successful Dutch film to date, for which she won her second Golden Calf for Best Actress, in addition to nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the European Film Academy, and the Online Film Critics Society. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for Valkyrie (2008), and won her fourth and fifth Golden Calf Awards for Best Actress for The Happy Housewife (2010) and Black Butterflies (2011). Her other notable English-language performances include Repo Men (2010), Black Death (2010), and Brimstone (2016).
Since 2012, Van Houten has received international recognition for her role as Melisandre on the HBO fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones (2012–present), for which she has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. After meeting Australian actor and musician Guy Pearce on the set of Brimstone in 2015, she gave birth to their first child the following year.
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 (9 August 1952 – 7 April 2016), was a writer and broadcaster. He raised Carice watching 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. She 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. 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 May 2015, she played Annika Van Houten (Milhouse’s cousin) in The Simpsons episode, “Let’s Go Fly A Coot”. She was cast specifically because of her last name.
In 2016 she acts in Brimstone, her fourth collaboration with director Martin Koolhoven. Other cast members are Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington and Guy Pearce, who after meeting during filming she is now dating.
Van Houten has a friendship with 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”.
She is a lifelong fan of Laurel and Hardy and in June 2016 she called in to The Ross Owen Show on Black Sky Radio to talk about her love of Stan and Ollie.
|2001||Storm in mijn hoofd||Peaseblossom / Titania|
|2002||The Wild Boar||Pandora|
|2006||A Thousand Kisses||Samarinde|
|2006||Black Book||Rachel Stein / Ellis de Vries|
|2007||Love is All||Kiki Jollema|
|2008||Dorothy Mills||Jane van Dopp|
|2008||Valkyrie||Nina Schenk Gräfin 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|
|1997||Het Labyrint||Mariek||Television series|
|1999||Suzy Q||Suzy||Television film|
|2000||Goede daden bij daglicht: Op weg||Carola||Television film|
|2001||De acteurs||Ellie||Television 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||Television film|
|2010||In therapie||Aya||3 episodes|
|2011||Human Planet||Narrator||Dutch dubbing|
|2012–present||Game of Thrones||Melisandre of Asshai||Main Role; 26 episodes|
|2015||The Simpsons||Annika van Houten (voice)||Episode “Let’s Go Fly A Coot“|
- Black Book (soundtrack) (2007) – vocals in four songs
- See You on the Ice (2012)
- “Fear Not” (2015) – featuring Michael Prins