Jelka van Houten is a Dutch actress of film, stage, and television, though she is perhaps best known for being the sister of fellow actress Carice van Houten. She is currently nominated for a Gouden Notekraker; the judge's who nominated her have said that "her surprising début holds a lot in store for the future". Van Houten also received praise for her stage debut as Olga in the musical Turks Fruit, for which she won a Johnny Kraaijkamp Musical Award. Her upcoming projects include the film Zomerhitte and the play Seksual Perversity, at the Theatre de Voorveghter. Van Houten was born to Margje Stasse and the writer and broadcaster Theodore van Houten on the first of September, 1978, in Culemborg, Gelderland, Netherlands. She later studied production design at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, and, whilst there, made her film debut, as an obsessed killer, in Liefje.