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Carice van Houten Bio
Carice van Houten (born September 5, 1976) is a Dutch Actress and Singer. She has played the role of Melisandre in the TV series Game of Thrones since 2012. Internationally, she is also known for English language work in films like Valkyrie (2008), Repo Men (2010), Black Death (2010), and Black Book (2006), the most commercially successful Dutch film to date.
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 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“.
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 (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.
In 2008, Van Houten had a role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies but her scenes did not make the final cut of the movie.
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 2012, Van Houten appeared in Antony and the Johnsons’ “Cut the world” video, which was directed by Nabil and also starred Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramović.
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.
In May 2015, she played Annika Van Houten in the episode of The Simpsons, “Let’s Go Fly A Coot”.
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