Carice van Houten Biography

Carice van Houten is a Dutch movie actress mostly known for her work in Dutch and European movies. But her most famous and commercial role is the one in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” where she plays the red priestess Melisandre. She is much more famous in Europe, as she has devoted herself to making domestic movies mostly. But in late 2000s she has started to appear in a lot of roles in American movies.

Carice was given her first major role in the Dutch movie called “Suzy Q” (1999), where she plays the leading role of Suzy. For her first even major performance, she was given a Golden Calf Award for Best Acting in a Television Drama, which is a big honor. Carice did not stop there and immediately after that started in “Undercover Kitty” (2001), for which she won her second Golden Calf award, this time for Best Actress. She got a more widespread recognition with the move “Black Books” (2006), probably the most commercially respected movie from Holland ever made, where she received another Golden Calf Award for the Best Actress. Carice also received a number of nominations which solidified her as one of the best actresses coming from Europe.


Carice van Houten in “Game of Thrones”

She would go on to make movies in the US from there on and her first major outgoing was in “Valkyrie” (2008). For her performance here, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress. She received two more Golden Calf Awards for her portrayal in movies such as “The Happy Housewife” (2010) and “Black Butterflies” (2011). Some other English-speaking movies where she stared in include “Repo Man” (2008), “Black Death” (2010) and “Brimstone” (2016).

But what Carice van Houten is perhaps most famous for, at least to the American crowd, is her role in the “Game of Thrones” series. She has captivated audiences with her appearance in season 2 of the show, where she appeared as the mysterious red priestess called Melisandre. She has stared in the show form 2013 till the present day and we expect her to make an appearance in the final seasons of the show as well.


Thom Hoffman and Carice van Houten in “Zwartboek” (“Black Book”)

Carice van Houten Net Worth and Salary

With her performances on “Game of Thrones,” Carice van Houten was able to incur a larger salary than before. Carice was already doing fine for herself with her numerous European roles. But with her insurgence in the American market, she was able to get more profitable roles. This led to her salary increasing over time. The biggest boost was probably with the role in “game of Thrones” which is mainly owed to the success for her character and the story. She is currently worth 5 million dollars.

Carice van Houten Boyfriend

Carice van Houten in currently dating Australian actor Guy Pierce. The two of them are together since 2015, after staring and meeting on the set of “Brimstone”. Actually, in 2016 they announced that the two have had their first child. They have a son whom they named Monte Pierce. Carice actually had a relationship with another colleague before this. They also met on a set of a movie which they made together. They both stared in “Black Books” and she and Sebastian Koch, a German actor, were together since 2005. They spent four years together but in the end decided to break their relationship and end it all.


Guy Pierce and Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten Age

Carice van Houten was born in Leiderdorp, Holland. She is currently 41 years old as she was born on 5 September, 1976. Her father is Theodore van Houten, who is a writer and was himself an actor, while her mother is Margje Stasse, who is currently on the Dutch board of educational TV. Her younger sister Jelka van Houten also has a career of her own and is an actress as well. Carice studded first at St. Bonifatiuscollege in Utrecht. After finishing, she would go on to Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. But she stayed there only for a year and she continued to Kleinkunstacademie in Amsterdam, where she graduated from.

Height and Weight

Carice van Houten has perhaps entered her 40s, but is in no way out of shape. She actually looks really good as you can tell by her portrayal in nude scenes showed on “Game of Thrones”. Carice is 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm and weighs 61 kg or 134.5 lbs. her body measurements are 34-24-33 in or 86-61-84 cm.


Carice van Houten

Carice von Houten Hollywood and Singing Career

Carice von Houten has publicly stated numerous times that she does not like Hollywood. She does not prefer living there and choses to remain in Europe. She does not mind accepting big roles, but she would rather focus on her private life somewhere else. Another thing that she tries to focus on more is her singing career. Besides being a great actress, Carice is also a singer. Not a lot of people are aware of this but she sings and performs around Europe a lot. She has released her album “See You on the Ice” in 2012.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Carice van Houten is Dutch by nationality as she was born in the Netherlands and still lives there. But, her paternal grandmother was from Scotland, so she also has some Scottish blood in her as well. She is Caucasian by ethnic group.

Biography & Facts
Born: September 5 1976
Nationality: Dutch
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: N/A
Profession: Actress
Net Worth: $5 million
Salary: N/A
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Weight: 61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Married to: N/A
Affair with: N/A
Children: 1 (son Monte Pierce)
Birth Sign: Virgo
Education: St. Bonifatiuscollege in Utrecht / Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts / Kleinkunstacademie in Amsterdam