Often plays in films of director Martin Koolhoven, for whom she played the part that made her famous (Suzy Q (1999)).
Is fluent in Dutch, English, German and French.
Older sister of actress, singer and stage-designer Jelka van Houten.
Met former boyfriend Sebastian Koch on the set of Black Book (2006).
Singin' in the Rain (1952) is her personal favorite movie of all time.
Went to St. Bonifatius College in Utrecht.
Born to Margje Stasse, who is on board of the Dutch educational TV, and Theodore van Houten, a writer and broadcaster.
Played the character of Gretchen Ferris in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies (2008), but all her scenes were deleted in the final cut.
Is a WWF ambassador since 2009.
Scored a #1 hit in The Netherlands with Dutch rock band, Kane, in 2010.
She is named after the daughter of the English composer, Sir Edward Elgar, due to the fact that Carice's father was investigating the secret of "Elgars Enigma Variations".
She was approached to play the role of "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011), but refused, due to schedule conflicts with Intruders (2011), and the role went to Lena Headey. In Season 2, she was cast as "Melisandre".
Has starred in four movies that have the word "black" in the title: Zwarte zwanen (2005), Black Book (2006), Black Death (2010) and Black Butterflies (2011).
Her paternal grandmother, Sarah Currie Lockhart of Clan Lockhart (b. Edinburgh, Scotland, Great-Britain and Ireland), was Scottish.
Was considered for the role of Michelle in Elle (2016).
In a relationship with Guy Pearce since 2015. They have a son, Monte Pearce (b. August 29, 2016).
Has named Dutch directors Paul Verhoeven and Martin Koolhoven (with whom she worked four times) as her favorite directors.
Had her son Monte between the filming of Game of Thrones (2011)'s seasons 6 and 7.
Is in a relationship with Australian actor Guy Pearce. They met on set of the film Brimstone in 2015, and they welcomed their first child together, son Monte, in August 2016.