Multilingual former model Famke Janssen's breakthrough came as a killer sadomasochistic Soviet Bond Girl who killed men by squeezing them between her thighs, but she quickly proved to be an intelligen...
|Model by Day||Actor||Lady X||7|
|In the Woods||Actor||n/a||7|
|Love and Sex||2000||Actor||Kate Welles||20007|
|Model by Day||Actor||Lex/Lady X||7|
|100 Feet||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Marnie Watson||20087|
|The Treatment||2007||Actor||Allegra Marshall||20077|
|Hemlock Grove||2013 2011 - 2013||Actor||Olivia Godfrey||20137|
|Turn the River||2008||Actor||Kailey Sullivan||20087|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||2013 2001 - 2013||Guest||n/a||1|
|Nip/Tuck||2009 2002 - 2009||Actor||Ava Moore||20097|
|The House on Haunted Hill||1999||Actor||Evelyn Price||19997|
|Lord of Illusions||1995||Actor||Dorothea Swann||19957|
|The Wackness||2008||Actor||Mrs. Kristin Squires||20087|
|Hide & Seek||2005||Actor||Katherine Carson||20057|
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||2013||Actor||Muriel||20137|
|The Chameleon||2011||Actor||Jennifer Johnson||20117|
|Fathers and Sons||1992||Actor||Kyle||19927|
|City of Industry||1997||Actor||Rachel||19977|
|X2: X-Men United||2003||Actor||Jean Grey||20037|
|Don't Say A Word||2001||Actor||Aggie Conrad||20017|
|Down the Shore||2013||Actor||Mary||20137|
|The Wolverine||2013||Actor||Jean Grey||20137|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||2006||Actor||Jean Grey/Phoenix||20067|
|The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards||2012 2011 - 2012||Presenter||n/a||1|
|The Ten||2007||Actor||Gretchen Reigert||20077|
|The Faculty||1998||Actor||Miss Burke||19987|
|The Gingerbread Man||1998||Actor||Leeanne||19987|
|X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Interviewee||20027|
|X-Men: The Mutant Watch||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Interviewee||19997|
|16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Presenter||20007|
|The 2006 MTV Movie Awards||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Presenter||20057|
|The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||1999||Actor||Fiona||19997|
|The 2003 MTV Movie Awards||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||n/a||20027|
|Melrose Place||1998 1991 - 1998||Actor||Diane Adamson||19987|
|Ally McBeal||2001 1996 - 2001||Actor||Jamie||20017|
|Bringing Up Bobby||2012||Director||n/a||4|
|Bringing Up Bobby||2012||Producer||n/a||3|
|Bringing Up Bobby||2012||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Bringing Up Bobby||2012||Story By||n/a||1|
|Played the lead in the romantic comedy "Love & Sex"; first collaboration with writer/director Jon Favreau|
|Reprised role opposite Liam Neeson in action sequel "Taken 2"|
|Featured in the ensemble black comedy "Eulogy"|
|Appeared in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"|
|Made feature directorial and writing debut with "Bringing Up Bobby"; film starred Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, and Marcia Cross|
|First film role, opposite Jeff Goldblum in "Fathers and Sons"|
|Joined the cast of FX's "Nip/Tuck" as seductive transsexual life coach Ava Moore|
|Co-starred with Chris Eigeman and Ian Holm in "The Treatment"|
|Co-starred with Matt Damon and Edward Norton in "Rounders"|
|Co-starred with Liam Neeson as the parents of a kidnapped young woman (Maggie Grace) in "Taken"|
|Starred opposite Robert DeNiro and Dakota Fanning in the thriller "Hide and Seek"|
|Cast opposite Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"|
|Reprised role of Dr. Jean Grey in Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand"|
|Raised in the Netherlands|
|Landed breakthrough role as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in "GoldenEye" opposite Pierce Brosnan's 007|
|Appeared in "The Wackness" with Ben Kingsley|
|First lead role, Fox TV-movie "Model by Day"|
|Signed with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel|
|Cast as superheroine Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in Bryan Singer's "X-Men"|
|Featured in the Netflix original horror series "Hemlock Grove"|
|Moved to NYC|
|Cast in a recurring role as Robert Downey Jr.'s ex-wife on Fox series "Ally McBeal"|
|First TV appearance, "The Perfect Mate" episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"|
|Appeared in "The Wolverine"|
|Reprised role of Dr. Jean Grey in "X2"|
|Played the female lead in "I Spy" opposite Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson|
|Appeared in Favreau's mob comedy "Made"|
Born on Nov. 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, Famke Beumer Janssen began modeling at a young age, becoming immediately successful in her native Holland. When work for Chanel brought her to New York City in 1984, Janssen decided to stay. Still young for a model at not yet 25 years of age, she quit to study creative writing and literature at Columbia University and enrolled in an acting workshop. The striking actress, fluent in four languages (Dutch, English, French and German), quickly caught the attention of casting directors, appearing in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Fox, 1987-1994). Her first significant role was as Jeff Goldblum's romantic interest in the strange parenthood/psychic/serial killer drama "Fathers and Sons" (1992), which she followed up with the aptly-named, but otherwise awful TV movie "Model By Day" (Fox, 1994). Janssen then co-starred with Scott Bakula in Clive Barker's "Lord of Illusions" (1995), in which she portrayed a magician's widow, before hitting screens in her breakthrough role.
As the villainous Russian killer Xenia Onatopp, who crushes men to death with her thighs in the 17th James Bond film, "GoldenEye" (1995), Janssen took the campiest of roles and attacked it with relish, winning over audiences predisposed to ignore the thespian efforts of so-called "Bond Girls." Aware of the stigma attached to appearing in such a role, Janssen was careful with her next career steps, announcing that she would rather work with quality directors and actors than star in tentpole movies. She essayed characters ranging from a bitter alcoholic in "The Gingerbread Man" (1998) to a Russian-born owner of a gambling joint in "Rounders" (1998), to a blue-collar Bostonian in "Monument Avenue" (1998). Woody Allen cast her as a sophisticated book editor in "Celebrity" (1998), reuniting her with her "Gingerbread" co-star Kenneth Branagh, while Robert Rodriguez tapped her to be a timid high school teacher in the teen sci-fi thriller "The Faculty" (1998). This barrage of chameleonic performances forced audiences and critics to reevaluate Janssen's potential - and ability to master accents.
Although the following year only yielded one Janssen performance, as Geoffrey Rush's scheming wife in the forgettable "The House on Haunted Hill" (1999), she returned with gusto in 2000, earning rave reviews for her performance in the romantic comedy "Love & Sex." In one of her best roles, Janssen played a magazine journalist tired of fluff pieces who sharply examines her own dating history - especially her relationship and breakup with her neurotic painter boyfriend (Jon Favreau) - to find the deeper meaning of modern love. Going from strength to strength, Janssen landed her biggest role to date - the one that truly put her on a new level - playing the conflicted psychic Jean Grey in Bryan Singer's excellent adaptation of the Marvel comic "X-Men" (2000), although some fans grumbled that the part as written - through no fault of Janssen's - was a watered-down version of the original heroine. She returned to comedy in the Favreau-helmed vehicle, "Made" (2001), again showing great chemistry with Favreau and her effective range in an otherwise small role of a dysfunctional mother. In the kidnapping thriller "Don't Say a Word" (2001), Janssen breathed life into the thankless role of Michael Douglas's broken-legged, bedridden wife, imbuing the character with a great sense of vulnerability when their daughter is abducted and the strength to fend off attackers despite her injury.
Janssen switched gears in 2002 for the big screen version of the 1960s TV hit "I Spy" starring Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy, which flopped. She returned to the role of Jean Grey - this time with red hair like her comic book counterpart - for the much-anticipated sequel "X2: X-Men United" (2003), setting in motion events that would make Grey pivotal to a third outing. With an expanded role and the love triangle between herself, Cyclops (James Marsden) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) anchoring the film, it was even more critically acclaimed and beloved by fans. Her next move was to the small screen in a recurring role during the 2004 season of the cult hit drama "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010). As the provocative and secretly transgendered "life coach" Ava Moore, whose relationship with the McNamaras' teen son revealed a seamier relationship with her own offspring, Janssen received good reviews for a tricky role and her character's arc became integral to the show's plot.
After supporting roles in "Eulogy" (2004), a low-budget comedy about three generations of a dysfunctional family gathering in Rhode Island to bury their patriarch, and "Hide & Seek" (2005), a horror film about a widower (Robert De Niro) who discovers his daughter's (Dakota Fanning) imaginary friend is really a malicious and violent reality, Janssen revived Jean Grey for the third installment of the series, "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006), directed by Brett Ratner. Janssen's part was showier this round, but the film took huge liberties with its source, the comic book "Dark Phoenix" saga, and alienated most fans. For her work, however, Janssen received a Best Supporting Actress Saturn Award. She continued to knock out strong work in indie films, such as the romantic comedy "The Treatment" (2006) with Chris Eigeman and the unbelievably irreverent black comedy take on the Biblical commandments, "The Ten" (2007). Impressed with her ability, Eigeman wrote "Turn the River" (2007) for Janssen, who starred in the powerful, stark drama about a pool shark trying to save her son from his abusive father with her skills. Janssen, who did all of her pool shots, received raves, and a Best Actress prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
She scored a small role as Ben Kingsley's wife in the 1990s coming-of-age drama "The Wackness" (2008), but found herself with a global blockbuster playing Liam Neeson's ex-wife in the unexpected smash "Taken" (2008). In the film, Neeson played a CIA-trained father who uses his skills to rescue his daughter when human traffickers kidnap her. In real life, Janssen used the film as a platform to become an outspoken advocate against trafficking. She then turned in a strong performance as a woman confined to house arrest for killing her abusive husband, only to be attacked repeatedly by his vengeful ghost in the horror flick "100 Feet" (2008). The actress continued to impress in any role she took, working constantly, and she returned to "Nip/Tuck" for the 2010 series finale, giving her tormented character some closure. On the festival circuit and in select theaters, Janssen was next seen as an F.B.I. agent suspicious of a young man (Marc-André Grondin) purporting to be the long lost son of a grieving family in the based-on-fact thriller "The Chameleon" (2010), co-starring Ellen Barkin.
From there, Janssen stepped behind the camera for the first time to write, produce and direct the feature "Bringing Up Bobby" (2011). Having its premiere at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Janssen's comedy-drama told the story of a European con artist (Milla Jovovich) who attempts to give her son (Spencer List) a chance at a normal life in rural Oklahoma, until her past catches up with her, causing the reckless but caring mother to choose between her baser tendencies and the well-being of her boy. Adhering to her career strategy of alternating between smaller, more personal projects and big-budget studio work, Janssen returned as Lenore, Liam Neeson's former spouse for the action sequel "Taken 2" (2012). This entry found her kidnapped by thugs out for revenge against Neeson for the havoc the highly skilled agent wrought in the first outing.
In 2013, Janssen appeared in three major productions, initially playing a wickedly evil spell-caster in the comedy/horror adventure "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." A few months later, she stayed in a supernatural vein, turning up in the Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove" (2013- ), and summer found her returning unexpectedly to the "X-Men" fold with a small but key role in the superhero spin-off "The Wolverine."
|Marjolein Beumer||Sister||Born Oct. 27, 1966|
|Antoinette Beumer||Sister||Born 1962|
|Tod Williams||Husband||Together since 1988; Married 1995; Divorced 2000|
|University of Amsterdam|
|"You have to play the Hollywood game - you look to the independents for characters to play, and every now and then you do a big Hollywood movie, which these days means an action film, for the money and the visibility." - Janssen to Movieline Magazine, October 1997|
|"It's really in the director's hands, and I've tried to work with directors who consistently do their own thing. If you do well as an actor, a good director will pick up on it, and keep it in the film." - Jannsen to The New York Times, Nov. 15, 1998|
|"It was the look fabulous/kill people Bond role, but I deliberately went to Cruella De Ville [sic] territory to make one sick b*tch." - Janssen to Empire Magazine, December 1999|
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