Famke Janssen is a Hollywood actress and filmmaker of Dutch origin. She began her working as a fashion model back in the 1980s and eventually switched to acting in the early 1990s. Her long-running Hollywood career is dotted with several acting credits both on the small screen and the big screen. Janssen’s most notable performance yet is her portrayal of the character Jean Grey/Phoenix in the massively successful X-Men film series.
Famke Janssen Bio (Age)
Famke Beumer Janssen was born on November 5, 1964, in Amstelveen, Netherlands. In addition to her native Dutch, she also speaks English and French with a little bit of German. Famke was raised alongside 2 sisters, Antoinette and Marjolein. Information regarding her early education is not available but she is known to have had her college education at the University of Amsterdam where she obtained a degree in Economics. She also studied at Columbia University after relocating to the US.
Famke Janssen moved to the United States in 1984 when she launched her career as a fashion model. She got signed to Elite Model Management and she got to work with some of the biggest names in the world of fashion. Famke would later quit modeling in the early 90s after which she made a swift transition into acting.
Janssen marked her acting debut in 1992 with a guest appearance on an episode of the Sci-Fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. That same year, she marked her film debut in the crime drama film Fathers & Sons alongside Jeff Goldblum. She had her next major role opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, which earned her the status of an international movie star. She also appeared in the horror film Lord of Illusions (1995) followed by roles in City of Industry (1997), The Faculty (1998), Rounders (1998), House on Haunted Hill (1999) and several others.
In 2000, the talented actress landed her career-defining role as superhero Dr. Jean Grey in the highly successful Marvel Studios superhero film X-Men. The film ultimately spurned into several much more successful sequels with Janssen appearing in X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, The Wolverine (2013), and also had a cameo appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
Famke Janssen had a recurring role as Ava Moore in season 2 of the hit medical drama series Nip/Tuck (2004–2010). She was the lead star in the 2007 drama film Turn the River and also had a role in the box-office hit Taken (2010). The talented actress marked her directorial debut in the 2011 comedy film Bringing Up Bobby also serving as the screenwriter and co-producer. She reprised her Taken role in the film’s sequels Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014) and also starred in another box-office hit Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2014).
Janssen played the lead role of Olivia Godfrey in the 3-season long Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove (2013-15) and she also featured in the drama series How to Get Away with Murder (2015-16), the crime thriller series The Blacklist (2016) and its spin-off The Blacklist: Redemption (2017).
Famke Janssen Net Worth
Famke Janssen has remained consistent since the beginning of her acting career in 1992 and she has also had a fair share of blockbuster movie roles over the years. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the talented actress has an estimated net worth of $20 million. A great chunk of her wealth comes from her illustrious Hollywood career, however, she has also enjoyed several lucrative endorsement deals.
Husband or Boyfriend, Is She Married?
Famke Janssen is known to be in a relationship with her partner of several years, Cole Frates. The duo has been together since 2006, certainly a milestone for a Hollywood couple. Frates is also involved in the film business, however, unlike his famous lady love, he is an executive producer and writer.
Height, Plastic Surgery, and Other Facts about Famke
Famke Janssen stands at an impressive height of 5 feet 11½ inches (182 cm). The Hollywood star has maintained her trim physique at a bodyweight of 62 kg (137 lb). Janssen’s model-like figure and long brunette hair are her most distinguishing features.
Now in her fifties, Janssen has managed to remain ageless over the years. This has led to speculations that the Hollywood star employs some form of cosmetic procedure, either botox injections or plastic surgery, to maintain her gorgeous looks. The actress has refuted such spurious claims and she insists that she would never resort to cosmetic surgery just to remain in showbiz.
In addition to her flourishing career, Janssen is also a humanitarian and animal rights activist. She headlined an awareness campaign for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2007. She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in January 2008.
Janssen expressed her displeasure over being left out of the 2016 X-Men film X-Men: Apocalypse, the ninth installment of the series. According to the actress, her exclusion from the cast is a pointer to Hollywood’s sexist discrimination towards older women.