Aalsmeer ( pronunciation ( help · info ) ) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands , in the province of North Holland . Its name is derived from the Dutch for eel ( aal ) and lake ( meer ).  Aalsmeer is bordered by the Westeinderplassen lake, the largest open water of the Randstad , and the Ringvaart Canal.  The town is located 13 km (8 mi) southwest of Amsterdam .
Carice Anouk van Houten ( Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˈris ɑˈnuk vɑn ˈɦʌu̯tə(n)] ;  born 5 September 1976) is a Dutch actress and singer. She is mostly known for playing the lead in Black Book (2006), the most commercially successful Dutch film to date, and 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), and Black Death (2010).
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