Birth Place: Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Famke Janssen (Famke Beumer Janssen) is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model. She was given both her mother and father’s surname (Beumer and Janssen) but uses Janssen. She was born November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Her two sisters; director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer changed their surnames to Beumer. Her sisters have blonde hair with blue eyes, and Famke has brunette hair. Famke is 5 ft 11.5 in (181.6 cm) and speaks Dutch, English, French and a tiny amount of German. She studied economics at the University of Amsterdam for one year after graduating from high school. She stated that studying economics is "the stupidest idea I ever had."
Famke moved to the United States in 1984 to pursue her career in being a fashion model. She had a contract with Elite Model Management. She worked for several of companies including Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Victoria's Secret and starred in perfume commercial Exclamation by Coty, Inc. in 1988. She retired from modeling in the early 1990s and started to appear on television shows. She also studied literature and creative writing at Columbia University at the beginning of the 1990s. She had a role as metamorphic Kamala in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Perfect Mate" in 1992.
She is known for her role as Xenia Onatopp in Pierce Brosnan's first James Bond film, GoldenEye (1995), Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–present), Ava Moore on Nip/Tuck, Lenore Mills in Taken (2008), Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014). She received Hollywood Life's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award for her role as Ava Moore in Nip/Tuck TV series. Famke provides the Dutch-language narration for all Disney theme park Studio Tram Tours. Famke married writer and director Kip Williams in 1995 and divorced in 2000. She ate almonds and dried cranberries every day while filming X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). The Shining (1980) is her favorite horror movie, and she is a huge fan of Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. She is a vegetarian and lives in New York City.
1995 - She had shoes specially made for her in GoldenEye (1995) because of her shoe size, 11.
2002 - She had a death in her family and could not take the role of villainess Serleena in Men in Black II.
2002 - She ranked #69 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World"
2003 - Turned down lead role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
2007 - Won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for role in X-Men: The Last Stand.
2007 - Awarded the Special Recognition Best Actress Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for her role in Turn the River.
2007 - Took her brindle Boston Terrier dog named Licorice to the 2007 PETA. 2007 PETA is a campaign to raise awareness for animal rights and uses the slogan "Be an Angel for Animals."
2008, January 28 - Appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at a United Nations anti-corruption conference in Nusa Dua, Bali.
2011 - Directed Bringing Up Bobby and also wrote the screenplay
2013 - Starred as Olivia Godfrey in the Netflix Original horror thriller TV series Hemlock Grove.