Birth Date: November 5, 1965
Birth Place: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Height: 5' 11"
Fact: Her name is Frisian for "little girl"
Quote: "We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them."
New Year's Day in 1964 brought the world an amazing beauty. Famke Janssen was born in Amsterdam, Holland. Her two sisters are blonde and blue-eyed, while she is the only brunette. "I felt different born into a family with two sisters who are blonde and blue-eyed, with me being the only brunette". She began her professional career as a model in Amsterdam but work for Chanel and other clients brought had her packing and on a jet plane for New York City.
Life as a model wasn't intellectually stimulating for Ms. Janssen, so she enrolled at Columbia University to study writing and literature. Famke is quite intelligent, and says her favorite authors are the Brontė sisters, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jean Rhys. Just two years later, though, her career in acting had begun to take off, so Famke left Columbia. She began studying acting with Harold Guskin.
She then went to Los Angeles, where she continued to study acting under Roy London. Famke made her feature film debut with Jeff Goldblum in "Fathers and Sons". But her turn in GoldenEye (opposite Pierce Brosnan) as the sexy Xenia Onatopp brought her into the spotlight. After the role, Famke took several supporting roles in many films - including Celebrity (with Leonardo DiCaprio), The Faculty (with Jordana Brewster), Deep Rising, and The House on Haunted Hill. Famke was a shoo-in for the role of Jean Grey in the heavily anticipated film, X-Men. The film performed quite well at the box office, and brought Famke further acclaim.
Off the screen, does Famke have a wildly romantic side? "I've never dated," says the beautiful and sexy woman. Say what? "I've always just had boyfriends." Ahhhhh.
Famke Janssen Filmography
Untitled David Shore Project (2007) (TV)
Turn the River (2007) .... Kailey
... aka T.T.R.
The Ten (2007) .... Gretchen Reigert
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) .... Jean Grey/Phoenix
... aka X-Men 3
... aka X3
The Treatment (2006) .... Allegra Marshall
"Nip/Tuck" .... Ava Moore (8 episodes, 2004-2005)
Hide and Seek (2005) .... Katherine
Eulogy (2004) .... Judy Arnolds
X2 (2003) .... Jean Grey
... aka X-Men 2
... aka X-2 )
... aka X-Men 2: X-Men United
... aka X2: X-Men United
I Spy (2002) .... Special Agent Rachel Wright
... aka I-Spy
Don't Say a Word (2001) .... Aggie Conrad
Made (2001) .... Jessica
"Ally McBeal" .... Jamie (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
X-Men (2000) .... Jean Grey
... aka X-Men 1.5
Circus (2000) .... Lily
Love & Sex (2000) .... Kate Welles
House on Haunted Hill (1999) .... Evelyn Stockard-Price
The Faculty (1998) .... Miss Elizabeth Burke
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998) .... Fiona
Celebrity (1998) .... Bonnie
Rounders (1998) .... Petra
RPM (1998) .... Claudia Haggs
Deep Rising (1998) .... Trillian St. James
The Gingerbread Man (1998) .... Leeanne Magruder
Snitch (1998) .... Katy
... aka Noose
... aka Monument Ave.
City of Industry (1997) .... Rachel Montana
Dead Girl (1996) .... Treasure
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995) (TV Movie) .... Xenia Onatopp
GoldenEye (1995) .... Xenia Zirgavna Onatopp
Lord of Illusions (1995) .... Dorothea Swann
... aka Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions
Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes (1994) .... Dr. Sara Lee Jaffee
"The Untouchables" .... Cleo (1 episode: "Voyeur" 1994)
Model by Day (1994) (TV Movie) .... Lady X
"Melrose Place" .... Diane Adamson (1 episode: "Michael's Game" 1994)
Fathers & Sons (1992) .... Kyle Christian
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" .... Kamala (1 episode: "The Perfect Mate" 1992)
... aka Star Trek: TNG
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