Famke Beumer Janssen (born 5 November 1964) is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. She is best known for playing the villainous Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in ‘GoldenEye’ (1995) and Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000-06).
Janssen was born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Her first name, Famke, means “little girl” in West Frisian, the native language of the Dutch province Friesland. In 1984, Janssen moved to the United States to begin her professional career as a fashion model.
After retiring from modelling in the early 1990s, Janssen had guest roles on several television series, including a starring role in the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ‘The Perfect Mate’, as empathic metamorph Kamala, opposite Patrick Stewart, with whom she later starred in the X-Men film series.
In 1995, Janssen appeared in Pierce Brosnan’s first James Bond film, ‘GoldenEye’, as Femme Fatale Xenia Onatopp. In an attempt to fight against typecasting after her Bond girl performance, Janssen began seeking out more intriguing support roles, appearing in John Irvin’s ‘City of Industry’, Woody Allen’s ‘Celebrity’, Robert Altman’s ‘The Gingerbread Man’, and Ted Demme’s ‘Monument Avenue’. In the late 1990s, she also appeared in ‘The Faculty’, ‘Rounders’, ‘Deep Rising’ and ‘House on Haunted Hill’.
In 2000, Janssen played superheroine Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in ‘X-Men’. She reprised the role in bothe sequels, ‘X2’ (2003) and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006), for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV series ‘Nip/Tuck’, as the seductive and manipulative life coach Ava Moore. She reprised her role in the final two episodes of the series.