FAMKE JANSSEN (Lenore) 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's latest project, "Turn the River," the Screen Media independent film that was released in May, truly showcases her dynamic talent. Written and directed by Chris Eigeman, Janssen played a pool hustler striving to make enough money to flee to Canada with her son, to escape her abusive ex-husband. Janssen was awarded with the Special Jury Best Actress Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival for her role in the film.
She has also wrapped filming the starring role in Grand Illusions' "100 Feet," shot in Budapest. She starred with James Gandolfini in "Kiddie Ride" and appeared in Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness."
In 2000, Janssen created the on-screen role of Jean Grey in Bryan Singer's blockbuster "X-Men." She reprised the role twice, for Singer's "X2" and again for "X-Men: The Last Stand," directed by Brett Ratner. The all-star cast of the trilogy included Sir Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden and Anna Paquin. Janssen received a Saturn Award for best supporting actress for her work in "X-Men: The Last Stand."
In addition to her film work, Janssen made a splash on the silver screen with her role on FX's original drama series "Nip/Tuck." As a "life coach" to Joely Richardson's character, Janssen received a Movieline Breakthrough Award for her star turn on the show.
In 2006, she appeared in the independent film "The Ten," which premiered at Sundance in January 2007. That same year, she filmed the independent film "The Treatment" opposite Sir Ian Holm. 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.
In 2005, Janssen starred in "Hide and Seek," a psychological suspense thriller opposite Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning for Twentieth Century Fox. Previously, Janssen co-starred in the Lionsgate film "Eulogy," which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was released October 2004. The film also stars Piper Laurie, Ray Romano, Rip Torn, Debra Winger, Kelly Preston and Zooey Deschanel.
In 2002, Janssen starred opposite Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson in "I Spy" for director Betty Thomas. Janssen starred in Gary Fleder's thriller "Don't Say A Word" opposite Michael Douglas for Twentieth Century Fox/New Regency, and in Jon Favreau's "Made," in which she co-starred with Favreau and Vince Vaughn. The film was released by Artisan Entertainment in July 2001.
Janssen 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. Previous credits include "House on Haunted Hill," "The Faculty," "Rounders," and "Celebrity." Janssen starred as the lasciviously lethal assassin Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond megahit "Goldeneye."
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.
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