Famke Beumer Janssen is an Amstelveen, Netherlands-born Dutch actress, fashion model, screenwriter as well as a director. Born on 5 November 1964, Famke is perhaps best known for her role as Lenore Mills in the “Taken” trilogy. One of the most prominent actresses on American television, Famke has been active in her profession since 1992.
A successful and well-known actress and director, one may wonder how rich is Famke Janssen at the present? As of mid- 2016, Famke counts her net worth at an amount of $15 million as estimated by authoritative sources. She has been able to amass her wealth due to her two decades-long involvement in the film industry of America.
Famke Janssen Net Worth $15 million
Amstelveen-raised Famke studied economics at the University of Amsterdam before dropping out and enrolling at Columbia University, where she studied creative writing and literature. As she graduated from the university in 1992 with a Bachelors of Arts degree, she initiated her career in the film industry. Famken was already established as a fashion model as she was signed with Elite Model Management in 1986, and had worked for various brands including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Victoria’s Secret among others. Famke debuted in Hollywood with a small role in the 1992 movie “Fathers and Sons”, however, she was soon recognized in the industry as she got a chance to work alongside Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond movie “GoldenEye” as Xenia Onatopp.
Janssen became more famous in 2000 as she got the opportunity to play the role of Dr. Jean Grey, the superhero in the Marvel Studios movie “X-Men”. She appeared in two more “X-Men” movie sequels, in all of which she shared the screen with famous actors Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Ian McKellen among others. Along with the “X-Men” series, Famke is also recognized for her roles in the “Taken” movies. She played the role of Lenore Mills alongside Liam Neeson in the 2008 movie, and its two sequels. More recently, she is prominent on television in the TV series “The Blacklist: Redemption” as Susan Hargrave. All have contributed significantly to her net worth.
During her career, Famke has been rewarded many a time with prestigious awards, including one Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “X-Men: The Last Stand”. In 1995, she was nominated for and MTV Movie Award for Best Fight which she shared with Pierce Brosnian for the movie “Goldeneye”.
In addition to being an actress, Famke is also known for being the director, producer as well as writer for the 2011 movie “Bringing Up Bobby”, another addition to her et worth.
Regarding her personal life, the 51 years old actress now lives as a divorcee; she was previously married to director Kip Williams from 1995 to 2000. She is also an activist who voices awareness for animal rights. Also, she was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2008. As for now, Famke enjoys her career as one of the most successful actresses in USA while her present net worth of $15 million caters to her everyday needs.
Her sister was visiting Southeast Asia during the Tsunami on December 26, 2004, and had to flee the water to save her life.
Ranked #69 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" .
Has a Boston Terrier named Licorice.
While appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) to promote her role of the sex-crazed assassin in the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995), Famke gave Conan a first hand experience of her character's signature moves by performing them on him using the top of his desk. When she asked him if he would like the demonstration, Conan responded with "This is what we in the industry call a 'no-brainer'."
Provides the Dutch-language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at Disney parks.
Wears size 11 shoes. Because of their large size, her shoes had to be especially made for her for the film GoldenEye (1995). In Love & Sex (2000), Jon Favreau's character jokes about how big her character's feet were.
Her two sisters are blonde and blue-eyed, while she is the only brunette.
Statuesque, model-like figure
Natural brunette hair
[on character's past and future versions in the "X-Men" films] I'm actually really excited about it. And its not the first time obviously that it's happened. In the 'X-Men' series, they've been doing this for years. Although women, it's interesting because they're replaced, and the older versions - or more mature, whatever the politically correct version of that is - are never to be seen again. Whereas the men are allowed to be both ages. Sexism. I think that I should be back along with my younger version and the way that we've seen it with Magneto and Professor X.
As long as corruption exists, human trafficking will likely flourish. I'd like to give something back on an issue that matters to me.
I'm a firm believer in taking risks in life, because you'll never get anywhere unless you do, and the more risk involved the greater the outcome - or the worse, but you never know so you've got to go for it.
Looking back, boy, has there ever been a stigma in being a Bond Girl. That's what my mission in life is, just to prove them wrong. That's why I have such an urge to keep going and proving that. It's so silly. What on earth does the way you look have anything to do with whether you can act or not.
[on her character's change in X2 (2003) (aka X-Men United)] I love darkness. I am attracted to the dark side of life! I thought it was really interesting that Jean Grey went through some changes in this film.
I think acting is just like that. There is something childish and fun about it.
I don't even like talking about dating. It's like having a stamp on your forehead: 'I'm available and I'm looking'.
I don't want to be exploited. That of course, as an actress, is a real challenge, not to be exploited. So I'm just going to keep looking for as many different types of roles as I can find in different genre movies. That's my goal, my aim. I like doing that. I've had a pretty varied career so far.
We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them.
I would rather not work than play in a movie that nobody watches.
I felt different born into a family with two sisters who are blonde and blue-eyed, with me being the only brunette. [interview with People Weekly magazine, July 31, 2000. Volume 54, Number 5]