Famke Janssen is a Hollywood actress and filmmaker of Dutch origin. She began working as a model in the 1980s and finally switched to acting in the early 1990s. Her long Hollywood career is filled with several acting lectures on both the small and the big screen. Janssen’s most remarkable achievement to date is her portrayal of the character Jean Grey/Phönix in the highly successful X-Men film series.
Famke Janssen Bio (Age)
Famke Beumer Janssen was born on 5 November 1964 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Besides her native Dutch, she speaks English and French with a little German. Famke grew up together with 2 sisters, Antoinette and Marjolein. Information about her early education is not available, but it is known that she graduated from the University of Amsterdam, where she obtained a degree in Economics. After moving to the USA she also studied at Columbia University.
Famke Janssen moved to the United States in 1984 when she started her career as a fashion model. She was signed to Elite Model Management and worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion world. Famke Janssen stopped modeling in the early ’90s, after which she quickly switched to acting.
Janssen made her acting debut in 1992 with a guest appearance in an episode of the sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the same year, she made her film debut in the crime thriller Fathers & Sons alongside Jeff Goldblum. Her next leading role was opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, which earned her the status of an international movie star. She also starred in the horror movie 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 was given her career-defining role as superhero Dr. Jean Grey in the highly successful superhero movie X-Men by Marvel Studios. The film eventually culminated in several much more successful sequels with Janssen in X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), for which she won a Saturn Prize for the 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 successful medical drama series Nip/Tuck (2004-2010). She starred in the 2007 drama Turn the River and also had a role in the hit movie Taken (2010). The talented actress made her directorial debut in 2011 in the comedy Bringing Up Bobby, in which she also acted as screenwriter and co-producer. She resumed her role in Taken in the sequels to the film Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014) and also starred in another box office hit, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter (2014).
Janssen played the lead role of Olivia Godfrey in the three-season Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove (2013-15) and she also starred in the drama series How to Get Away with Murder (2015-16), the crime series The Blacklist (2016), and its offshoot The Blacklist: The Redemption (2017).
Her Net Worth
Famke Janssen has been consistent since the beginning of her acting career in 1992, and over the years she has also had a considerable amount of blockbuster film roles. Not surprisingly, the talented actress has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Much of her wealth stems from her illustrious Hollywood career, but she has also signed several lucrative sponsorship deals.
Husband or Boyfriend, Is She Married?
It is known that Famke Janssen has a multi-year relationship with her partner Cole Frates. The duo has been together since 2006, certainly a milestone for a Hollywood couple. Frates is also active in the film business, but unlike his famous love lady, he is an executive producer and author.
Height, Plastic Surgery, and Other Facts about Famke
Famke Janssen stands at an impressive height of 5 feet 11½ inch (182 cm). The Hollywood star has maintained her slim build with a bodyweight of 62 kg (137 lb). Janssen’s model-like figure and her long brunette hair are her most striking features.
Janssen is now in her fifties and has managed to stay ageless over the years. This has led to speculation that the Hollywood star is using some form of cosmetic procedure, either Botox injections or plastic surgery to maintain her beautiful appearance. The actress has refuted such specious claims and insists that she would never resort to cosmetic surgery just to stay in show business.
Besides her flourishing career, Janssen is also a humanitarian activist and animal rights activist. In 2007, she spearheaded an awareness campaign for people about the ethical treatment of animals (PETA). In January 2008, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Janssen expressed her displeasure that she was not included in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, the ninth part of the series. According to the actress, her exclusion from the cast is an indication of the sexist discrimination against older women in Hollywood.