Famke Beumer Janssen
1964/1965 (age 57–58)
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation(s)||Actress, former model|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
(m. 1995; div. 2000)
|Relatives||Antoinette Beumer (sister)|
Marjolein Beumer (sister)
Famke Beumer Janssen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfɑmkə ˈbøːmər ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born c. 1964/1965) is a Dutch actress. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995), Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–2014), and Lenore Mills in the Taken film trilogy (2008–2014). In 2008, she was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations. She made her directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby in 2011. She is also known for her roles in the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove (2013–2015), FX's Nip/Tuck (2003–2010), and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder (2014–2020). Janssen starred in the 2017 NBC crime thriller The Blacklist: Redemption.
Early life and education
Famke Beumer Janssen was born c. 1964 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. She has two sisters, director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer, both of whom changed their surnames to Beumer after their parents divorced.
In addition to her native Dutch, Janssen speaks English and French. She learned German, but has not kept up with it. Following her high school graduation, Janssen studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam, which she later called "the stupidest idea I ever had." In the early 1990s, she enrolled at Columbia University's School of General Studies to study creative writing and literature.
Modelling and early 1990s
In 1984, Janssen moved to the United States to begin her professional career as a fashion model. She signed with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and Victoria's Secret. She starred in a 1988 commercial for the perfume Exclamation by Coty, Inc. Her looks have been compared to 1940s movie stars like Hedy Lamarr.
After retiring from modelling in the early 1990s, Janssen had guest roles on several television series, including a starring role in the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Perfect Mate", as empathic metamorph Kamala, opposite Patrick Stewart, with whom she later starred in the X-Men film series. That same year, Janssen was offered the role of Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but turned it down to pursue film roles. Her first film role was alongside Jeff Goldblum in the 1992 crime drama film Fathers & Sons.
In 1995, Janssen appeared in Pierce Brosnan's debut James Bond film, GoldenEye, as femme fatale Xenia Onatopp. She appeared in Lord of Illusions with Scott Bakula. In an attempt to fight against typecasting after her Bond girl performance, Janssen began seeking out more intriguing support roles, appearing in John Irvin's City of Industry, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man, and Ted Demme's Monument Ave. Denis Leary, her co-star in Monument Ave., was impressed by how easily she blended in, initially not recognizing her, as she was already in character. In the late 1990s, she appeared in The Faculty, Rounders, Deep Rising, and House on Haunted Hill.
In 2000, Janssen played superhero Dr. Jean Grey in the 20th Century Fox film X-Men. She later reprised the role in the 2003 sequel, X2, where her character shows signs of increasing powers, but at the end of the film, she is presumably killed. Janssen returns as Jean, whose death in X2 awoke her dark alternate personality, Phoenix, in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). For that role, she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She returned as Jean in the 2013 film The Wolverine as a hallucination of Wolverine, followed by a brief cameo for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
In 2002, Janssen landed the role of villainess Serleena in Men in Black II, but had to abandon the film due to a death in her family and was replaced by Lara Flynn Boyle. Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the TV series Nip/Tuck, as the seductive and manipulative life coach Ava Moore, which earned her Hollywood Life's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. She reprised her role in the final two episodes of the series.
In 2007, she starred in Turn the River, for which she was awarded the Special Recognition Best Actress Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The following year, she starred in Luc Besson's Taken. Janssen continued to work in television, appearing in TV pilots for NBC's police drama Winters and Showtime's The Farm, a spinoff of The L Word set in a women's prison. Both pilots were rejected by their networks. Janssen provided the Dutch language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at all Disney theme parks.
In 2011, Janssen made her directorial debut with the drama Bringing Up Bobby. She wrote the screenplay to the film, which stars Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, and Marcia Cross. She reprised her role as Lenore Mills in Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014). She starred as the main villain Muriel in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013).
Janssen has starred in the Netflix original horror thriller television series Hemlock Grove since 2013, wherein she plays the role of family matriarch Olivia Godfrey. Janssen had a recurring role in the ABC crime thriller television series How To Get Away With Murder, appearing in 10 episodes throughout the series, beginning her role in season two of the show and concluding it in the series finale.
Janssen was cast in a starring role in the NBC crime thriller, The Blacklist: Redemption, a spin-off of the NBC series The Blacklist, in March 2016; it was picked up to series in May 2016. In 2019, she served as a juror for the Tribeca Film Festival. Also in 2019, Janssen joined Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Postcard Killings, which was released in 2020. In 2021, Janssen will star in the Christian romantic drama film Redeeming Love and the upcoming action-thriller Dangerous.
In a March 2021 interview, she revealed to Forbes some details about her involvement with the live action adaptation of Saint Seiya, a popular anime and manga. Janssen declared that filming was supposed to take place in Europe the previous year, but production had been postponed twice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. She also hinted that she will play one of the main characters, but did not specify their name.
Personal life and activism
In 1995, Janssen married writer and director Kip Williams, son of architect Tod Williams. They divorced in 2000. She has stated that she does not want to have children.
Janssen appeared with her dog, Licorice, a brindle Boston Terrier, in a 2007 PETA campaign to raise awareness for animal rights. The campaign used the slogan "Be an Angel for Animals." On 28 January 2008, she was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at a United Nations anticorruption conference held in Nusa Dua, Bali.
In 2016, Janssen showed frustration in not being cast in the new X-Men movie X-Men: Apocalypse, saying Hollywood was sexist toward older women. She said, "Women, it's interesting because they're replaced, and the older versions are never to be seen again... whereas the men are allowed to be both ages."
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Kyle Christian|
|1994||Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes||Dr. Sara Lee Jaffee||Direct-to-video film|
|1995||Lord of Illusions||Dorothea Swann|
|1997||City of Industry||Rachel Montana|
|1998||Monument Ave.||Katy O'Connor|
|1998||The Gingerbread Man||Leeanne Magruder|
|1998||Deep Rising||Trillian St. James|
|1998||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Fiona|
|1998||The Faculty||Miss Elizabeth Burke|
|1999||House on Haunted Hill||Evelyn Stockard-Price|
|2000||Love & Sex||Kate Welles|
|2001||Don't Say a Word||Agatha "Aggie" Conrad|
|2002||I Spy||Rachel Wright|
|2005||Hide and Seek||Dr. Katherine Carson|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Jean Grey / Phoenix|
|2006||The Treatment||Allegra Marshall|
|2007||The Ten||Gretchen Reigert|
|2007||Turn the River||Kailey Sullivan|
|2008||The Wackness||Kristen Squires|
|2008||Taken||Lenore "Lenny" Mills|
|2008||100 Feet||Marnie Watson||Direct-to-video film|
|2010||The Chameleon||Jennifer Johnson||Direct-to-video film|
|2011||Down the Shore||Mary Reed|
|2012||Taken 2||Lenore "Lenny" Mills|
|2013||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||Muriel|
|2013||The Wolverine||Jean Grey|
|2013||The Being Experience||N/A||Originally titled In the Woods|
|2014||A Fighting Man||Diane Schuler||Direct-to-video film|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Jean Grey||Cameo|
|2014||Taken 3||Lenore "Lenny" Mills|
|2015||Jack of the Red Hearts||Kay|
|2017||The Show||Ilana Katz|
|2017||All I Wish||Vanessa|||
|2017||Once Upon a Time in Venice||Katey Ford|
|2018||Status Update||Katherine Alden|||
|2018||Bayou Caviar||Nic||Originally titled Louisiana Caviar|||
|2019||The Poison Rose||Jayne Hunt|||
|2019||Primal||Dr. Ellen Taylor|
|2020||The Postcard Killings||Valerie Kanon|||
|2021||The Vault||Margaret||Originally titled Way Down|||
|2023||Knights of the Zodiac|||
|TBA||Boy Kills World||Hilda Van Der Koy|||
|1992||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Kamala||Episode: "The Perfect Mate"|
|1994||Melrose Place||Diane Adamson||Episode: "Michael's Game"|
|1994||Model by Day||Lex / Lady X||Television film|
|1994||The Untouchables||Cleo||Episode: "Voyeur"|
|2000–2001||Ally McBeal||Jamie||Episodes: "The Man with the Bag", "The Ex-Files"|
|2004–2010||Nip/Tuck||Ava Moore||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|2007||Winters||Christie Winters||Television film|
|2008||Puppy Love||Maya||Web series|
|2009||The Farm||Valentina Galindo||Television film|
|2013–2015||Hemlock Grove||Olivia Godfrey||Main role|
|2015–2020||How to Get Away with Murder||Eve Rothlow||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2015||SuperMansion||Frau Mantis||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2016||Robot Chicken||Jean Grey||Voice role; episode: "Joel Hurwitz"|
|2016–2018||The Blacklist||Susan Hargrave||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2017||The Blacklist: Redemption||Susan Hargrave||Main role|
|2019||When They See Us||Nancy Ryan||Miniseries; 2 episodes|||
|2019||The Capture||Jessica Mallory||Episode: "Correction"|||
|2022||Long Slow Exhale||Melinda Barrington||Recurring role|||
- Bringing Up Bobby (2011), as director, producer, writer
Awards and nominations
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So how old are you? ... I'm 52.
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In 2007, she won three awards, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress...
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- ^ Lewis, Hilary (16 April 2019). "Tribeca: Aaron Rodgers, Angela Bassett, Sheila Nevins Among Jurors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- ^ Barraclough, Leo (15 May 2019). "Famke Janssen Joins Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 'The Postcard Killings,' First Look Image (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
- ^ Bryan Welk (29 April 2020). "DJ Caruso Adapts Romance Novel 'Redeeming Love' With Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis". The Wrap. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
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- ^ "UN Anti-Corruption Conference Opens in Bali". United Nations Information Service Vienna. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
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- ^ McNary, Dave (15 May 2018). "Famke Janssen Joins John Travolta's Crime Thriller 'The Poison Rose' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- ^ Barraclough, Leo (15 May 2019). "Famke Janssen Joins Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 'The Postcard Killings,' First Look Image (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
- ^ Harvey, Dennis (12 March 2020). "'The Postcard Killings' Film Review". Variety. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
- ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (27 November 2018). "'X-Men' Star Famke Janssen Boards Scott Speer's Drama 'Endless'". Deadline. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
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- Age controversies
- 1960s births
- Living people
- 20th-century Dutch actresses
- 21st-century Dutch actresses
- HIV/AIDS activists
- Dutch expatriates in the United States
- Dutch female models
- Dutch film actresses
- Dutch television actresses
- Dutch people of Frisian descent
- People from Amstelveen
- Columbia University School of General Studies alumni