Carice Von Houten – Melisandre

MelisandreFirst appearing in Season 2 of Game of Thrones Carice Von Houten plays the Sorceress Melisandre.

Born in 1975 in the Netherlands, Van Houten spent the early part of her career acting on stage and screen in her home county, winning plenty of local acclaim and 5 golden calf awards for her work in Suzy Q (1999), Undercover Kitty (2001), Black Book (2006), De Gelukkige Huisvrouw (2010) and most recently for Black Butterflies (2011). Her appearance in Black Book drew the attention of hollywood and lead to appearences opposite Tom Cruise in Valkyrie, and Jude Law & Forest Whittaker in Repo Men.

Director of Black Book, Paul Verhoeven, said of her “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”.