Carice van Houten born 5 September 1976 is a Dutch actress and singer. Her younger sister Jelka is also an actress. She joined the performing arts at an early age. And studied at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. and the Kleinkunstacademie Theaterschool in Amsterdam. Her first leading role in the television film Suzy Q won her the Golden Calf for Best Acting in a Television Drama. Two years later, she won the Golden Calf for Best Actress for Undercover Kitty.