FAMKE JANSSEN (Lenore) is a multi-award-winning actress, who recently made her
directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby, which she also wrote. The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, Marcia Cross, Rory Cochrane and Spencer List.
Janssen originated the role of Lenore in 2008's action thriller Taken. Since
then, she top-lined Jonathan Sanger's 100 Feet, which shot in Budapest;
Jean-Paul Salome's The Chameleon; and the drama Down the Shore alongside James Gandolfini. She will soon be seen starring opposite Jeremy Renner in Hansel and
Gretel: Witch Hunters for Paramount.
Janssen starred in the independent film The Wackness, opposite Ben Kingsley,
which premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 2008. She played the
character of Jean Grey in three blockbuster X-Men films. The first two were
directed by Bryan Singer, and the third by Brett Ratner. The films' all-star
casts include Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James
Marsden and Anna Paquin.
Janssen received a Saturn Award for best supporting actress for X-Men: The Last
Stand. She was awarded with Special Jury Best Actress Prize at Hamptons Film
Festival for her work in Turn the River.
In 2006, Janssen 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 Ian Holm.
Janssen was awarded with the Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement in
Acting at the Hamptons Film Festival, and the Susan B. Anthony Failure is
Impossible Award at the High Falls Film Festival.
Janssen had a recurring role on the FX original drama series Nip/Tuck, for which
she received a Movieline Breakthrough Award.
Janssen starred in Hide and Seek, a psychological suspense thriller, opposite
Robert DeNiro and Dakota Fanning; Eulogy, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance
Film Festival; and opposite Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson in I Spy for director
She starred in Gary Fleder's thriller Don't Say a Word opposite Michael Douglas,
and in Jon Favreau's Made. Janssen earned critical-acclaim for her star-making
performance opposite Favreau in Valerie Breiman's Love and Sex, which premiered
at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000.
Previous credits include William Malone's House on Haunted Hill opposite
Geoffrey Rush, Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty, John Dahl's Rounders opposite
Edward Norton and Matt Damon, and Woody Allen's Celebrity, opposite Kenneth
Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio. Additional credits include Stephen Sommers' Deep
Rising for Disney and Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man, in which she starred
opposite Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey, Jr.
Janssen played a lower-class Irish-American Bostonian in Ted Demme's Monument
Avenue opposite Martin Sheen and Billy Crudup. She starred in John Irvin's City
of Industry opposite Harvey Keitel.
Janssen's big screen breakthrough came when she starred as the lasciviously
lethal assassin, Xenia Onatopp, in the James Bond mega-hit 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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