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Famke Janssen (born November 5, 1965) is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her roles in GoldenEye, Nip/Tuck, and the X-Men trilogy. Janssen is also a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity.
Janssen`s name is pronounced as Fahm-Kuh Yan-Sin. The first name means little girl in West Frisian, the native language of the Dutch province Friesland.
Famke Beumer Janssen was born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, as the only brunette in a family of blondes. Besides her native Dutch, Janssen learned to speak English, German and French. She has two sisters, director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer. Janssen moved to the United States in 1984 and began her professional career as a fashion model. She was signed with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Victoria`s Secret.
Janssen also studied writing and literature at Columbia University before moving to Los Angeles to establish her acting career.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Janssen obtained her first parts, appearing in guest roles on TV series. One of her first appearances was in 1992, when she starred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "The Perfect Mate," as empathic metamorph Kamala, opposite Patrick Stewart (who would later star with her in the X-Men film series). Then, in that same year, Janssen was offered the role of Jadzia Dax of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but turned it down in favor of film roles.
Janssen`s first film role was with Jeff Goldblum in the 1992 film Fathers & Sons. In 1995, she appeared in the first Pierce Brosnan James Bond film, GoldenEye, as femme fatale Xenia Onatopp.
Janssen played superheroine Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand. She won a Saturn Award for her role as Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand. She also starred in the movies Lord of Illusions, The Faculty, House on Haunted Hill, I Spy, Rounders, Deep Rising and Hide and Seek. In addition, Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV show, Nip/Tuck, as the seductive and manipulative transsexual life coach, Ava Moore.
Janssen tried to fight against typecasting by appearing in Woody Allen`s Celebrity, Robert Altman`s The Gingerbread Man, John Irvin`s City of Industry and Ted Demme`s Monument Ave. She was awarded the Special Jury Best Actress Award at the 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival for her role as a female pool hustler in Chris Eigeman`s Turn the River.
In 2003, Janssen was awarded the International Star of the Year. In 2004, she won the Hollywood Life Breakthrough Artist of the Year for her work on Nip/Tuck. In 2006, the Hamptons International Film Festival awarded her with the Golden Starfish Award for career achievement in acting.
Janssen provides the Dutch-language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at all Disney parks.
On January 28, 2008, Janssen was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity at the Second Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Nusa Dua, Bali.
Janssen appeared on the cover of Page 6 magazine on May 4, 2008.
University of Amsterdam, BA Literature, Columbia University (1992)
Full Name at Birth
Famke Beumer Janssen
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Actress, Model, Writer, Director
Antoinette Beumer, Marjolein Beumer
Boston Terrier (Dog - Licorice)
Favorite TV Shows
Love & Sex , Turn The River , The Shining 
Famke Beumer Janssen (; born 1964) is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995), Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–present), Ava Moore on Nip/Tuck and Lenore Mills in Taken (2008) and its sequels, Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2015). 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.
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Brookside Artist Management (USA), Adéquat Talent Agency (France)
Appears with her dog Licorice in PETA's angel for animals ADs, Modeled for Chanel
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Famke Janssen is dating Cole Frates.
She was married to Tod Williams from 1995 to 2000.
Famke Janssen is rumored to have hooked up with Josh Peck in 2009, Ryan Gosling in 2004 and York Alec Shackleton.
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