Famke Beumer Janssen (born 5 November 1964) is a Dutch model who turned her beauty and talent into a career as director, screenwriter, and actress.
Famke is from Amstelveen, North Holland, the Netherlands. She has two sisters. Famke signed with Elite Model Management in 1984 and moved to New York, and spent most of the next decade modelling for Chanel, Victoria's Secret, Yves Saint Laurent and other top brands.
She has continued doing some modelling along the way, though in the 1990s she began acting full-time.
Famke's covers include:
- Germany: 'Max' - November 1995; 'Woman' - February 2007
- Italy: 'Vogue' - March 1987; 'Elle' - July 1989
- Spain: 'Elle' - December 1989; 'Elle' - March 1989
- UK: 'Elle' - November 1988; 'Harpers & Queen' - December 1995; 'Marie Claire' - October 2000; 'Maxim' - October 2000; 'Tatler' - December 2001; 'In Style' - June 2003;
Famke began her acting career with guest starring roles on shows such as 'Star Trek: The Next Generation" and her first film, 'Fathers and Sons' with Jeff Goldblum.
She became an international star with her appearance as Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond film 'GoldenEye.' Many other smaller films followed, such as Woody Allen's 'Celebrity.'
Janssen reached another career height when she played Jean Grey in the Marvel Studios adaptation of 'X-Men.' This led to numerous other appearances as the character, most recently in the 2014 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Since the X-Men films in the early 2000s, she has focused on television work such as some failed pilots, and she most recently appeared in the Netflix series 'Hemlock Grove.' Famke also devotes a lot of her time to her work as a Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations.