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  • Real name : Carice Anouk van Houten
  • Date of birth : 05/09/1976

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  • Houten van Carice

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Carice van Houten (1976)

Carice Anouk van Houten

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Carice Anouk van Houten is a Dutch stage and film actress. She won five Golden Calves for her roles in Suzy Q , Undercover Kitty , Black Book , De Gelukkige Huisvrouw and most recently for Black Butterflies . Her role in Black Book launched her international career. She acted in the American films Valkyrie , Komt een vrouw bij de dokter and Repo Men .

In 2008, she was ranked #34 in TC Candler's "Most Beautiful Faces" list and peaked at #20 in 2009.

  Biography  

 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 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 . The first time she could be seen in cinemas in the USA was when Martin Koolhoven's AmnesiA 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".

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.

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. 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 Love Life , based on the celebrated novel of the same name by Ray Kluun. She also starred in the Science-Fiction thriller Repo Men.

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

 personal life
She was in a relationship with actor Sebastian Koch, her co-star in Black Book. 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."

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