Famke Janssen moved to the United States in 1984 she began her professional
career as a model and worked for Yves Saint Laurent. After studying stagecraft
at Columbia University she moved to Los Angeles where she appeared in guest
roles on TV series (such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Melrose Place).
Soon after, she appeared in the first
Pierce Brosnan James Bond film, GoldenEye,
making an impression on the cinema world as Xenia Onatopp.
She is known for her role as Jean Grey in X-Men and X2, and also by the movies Lord of Illusions, Rounders, and Deep Rising. In 2006, she will reprise her role of Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix in the highly anticipated film X-Men: The Last Stand.
Famke Janssen also had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV show Nip/Tuck, as seductive and manipulative life coach Ava Moore.
Famke Janssen speaks Dutch, English, French and German. She is 5' 11" tall and is the only brunette in a family of blondes. While best known for her poise and great physical beauty, she has a humorous trademark in Hollywood—her exceptionally large feet, as she had to have her shoes (size 11) specially made for her feet for GoldenEye. There is a scene in Love & S-- in which Jon Favreau's character teases a blushing Janssen about the size of her feet.
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