A true leading lady, Famke Janssen refuses to fill a stereotype. By taking on a wide range of roles in both studio and independent features and working with some of Hollywood’s best directors, she has proven herself to be not only one of the most beautiful actresses in the business, but also one of the most talented and diverse.
Janssen is currently shooting the Netflix series “Hemlock Grove”, created by Eli Roth. She stars as ‘Olivia Godfrey’, the beautiful and controlling grand dame of the town of Hemlock Grove. She most recently reprised her role as ‘Lenore’ in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Taken 2”, the sequel to the 2009 hit “Taken”, opposite Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace. Her directorial debut film “Bringing Up Bobby”, starring Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, and Marcia Cross, which she also wrote and produced, premiered at the 2011 Deauville American Film Festival, and also had a screening at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It premiered in the US in October 2012.
Janssen is well known for her role of ‘Jean Grey’ in the original X-Men trilogy for Twentieth Century Fox. The X-MEN blockbusters all-star cast includes Sir Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden and Anna Paquin. Janssen received a Saturn Award for best supporting actress for “X-Men: The Last Stand” which Brett Ratner directed.
Janssen is also known for her work on the FX original drama series “Nip / Tuck” where she played ‘Ava Moore’, a life coach to Joely Richardson. Janssen received a Movieline Breakthrough Award for her star turn on the show and the provocative drama received outstanding critical acclaim as well as an AFI Award and Golden Globe nomination for season one.
Janssen was awarded with Special Jury Best Actress Prize at Hamptons Film Festival for her work in Turn the River in 2007. In 2006, Janssen was awarded with the Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement in Acting at the Hamptons Film Festival as well as the Susan B. Anthony “Failure is Impossible” Awards at the High Falls Film Festival.
Janssen also earned critical-acclaim for her star-making performance opposite Jon Favreau in Valerie Breiman’s Love and Sex, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000.
Other credits include “The Wackness”, opposite Ben Kingsley, Hide and Seek opposite Robert Deniro and Dakota Fanning, John Dahl’s Rounders opposite Edward Norton and Matt Damon for Miramax, Jon Favreau’s Made opposite Favreau and Vince Vaughn, Woody Allen’s Celebrity, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio and the James Bond megahit Goldeneye, where she starred as the lasciviously lethal assassin, “Xenia Onatopp.”
Born in Holland, Janssen moved to the United States where she now resides. She majored in writing and literature at Columbia and studied stagecraft with Harold Guskin.