Vera Farmiga

Actor
From her first appearance on movie screens in the mid-1990s, actress Vera Farmiga built up a long resume and increasing critical note for dramatic work in largely independent films. Like many independent film actresses ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1973 in Essex County, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Bates Motel 1997 - 1998, 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Conjuring 2 2016 (Movie)

Lorraine Warren (Actor)

Closer to the Moon 2015 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Prima 2015 (Movie)

Corinne Urchin (Actor)

Special Correspondents 2015 (Movie)

Eleanor Finch (Actor)

At Middleton 2014 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

Bates Motel: After Hours 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

Mary Rowe (Actor)

In Transit 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Geography of Hope 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hard Easy 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Charlie Brooks (Actor)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Samantha Powell (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Conjuring 2013 (Movie)

Lorraine Warren (Actor)

Goats 2012 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

Catherine Linklater (Actor)

Henry's Crime 2011 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Higher Ground 2011 (Movie)

Corinne Walker (Actor)

Source Code 2011 (Movie)

Colleen Goodwin (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Vintner's Luck 2009 (Movie)

Aurora de Valday (Actor)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

Alex Goran (Actor)

Never Forever 2008 (Movie)

Sophie Lee (Actor)

Nothing But the Truth 2008 (Movie)

Erica Van Doren (Actor)

Quid Pro Quo 2008 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Joshua 2007 (Movie)

Abby Cairn (Actor)

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

Oana (Actor)

Running Scared 2006 (Movie)

Teresa Gazelle (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Madolyn (Actor)

Down To the Bone 2005 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

Eleanna (Actor)

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Jocelyn Jordan (Actor)

Touching Evil (USA) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dummy 2003 (Movie)

Lorena (Actor)

Dust 2003 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

Love in the Time of Money 2002 (Movie)

Greta (Actor)

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Daphne Handlova (Actor)

Autumn in New York 2000 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

The Opportunists 2000 (Movie)

Miriam Kelly (Actor)

Law & Order 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Return to Paradise 1998 (Movie)

Kerrie (Actor)

Roar 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rose Hill 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Trinity (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Higher Ground 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

From her first appearance on movie screens in the mid-1990s, actress Vera Farmiga built up a long resume and increasing critical note for dramatic work in largely independent films. Like many independent film actresses, Farmiga was passionate about exploring a wide range of complex, nuanced lead characters; also like those same actresses, her options were limited in the world of male-dominated Hollywood films. Farmiga stuck to her dramatic convictions and over more than a decade, she advanced from memorable supporting roles in films including "15 Minutes" (2001) to the acclaimed lead in "Down to the Bone" (2004), a little-seen film about a working class mother battling drug addiction. As her film festival street cred grew, Farmiga caught the eye of more character-driven filmmakers and had the chance to appear before larger audiences in studio films like "The Departed" (2006) and "Up in the Air" (2009), where she showcased her fine work at crafting layered, realistic female characters.

Relationships

Sibling
Farmiga is the second oldest of seven children

Taissa Farmiga Actor

Sibling

Michael Farmiga

Father
Ukrainian immigrant

Luba Farmiga

Mother
Ukrainian immigrant

Renn Hawkey Actor

Husband
Performs with the band Deadsy married in September 2008

Fynn Hawkey

Son
Born January 15, 2009 father, Renn Hawkey

Gytta Hawkey

Daughter
Born Nobermber 11, 2010 father, Renn Hawkey

Sebastian Roache

Husband
Co-starred with Farmiga in the FOX series "Roar" eloped to the Bahamas after the series' end in 1997 divorced in 2005

Sebastian Roché Actor

Husband

EDUCATION

Attended a Ukrainian Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Flemington, New Jersey 1991

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Attended the University's School of Visual and Performing Arts

Milestones

2016

Starred in the Ricky Gervais comedy "Special Correspondents"

2014

Appeared alongside Robert Duvall in "The Judge"

2013

Landed the part of Norma Louise Bates on the horror series "Bates Motel"

2012

Reteamed with Denzel Washington in action drama "Safe House"

2011

Made directorial debut with "Higher Ground"; also starred

2011

Cast alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in the sci-fi thriller "Source Code"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ("Up in the Air")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Up in the Air")

2009

Co-starred with George Clooney in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Up in the Air")

2009

Played the mother of an adopted child in the thriller "Orphan"

2008

Played the mother in the Holocaust film "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"

2008

Cast in Rod Lurie's political thriller "Nothing But the Truth"

2007

Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the dramedy "Joshua"; film screened at Sundance

2006

Co-starred in Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering"

2006

Played a police psychiatrist in Martin Scorsese's mob drama "The Departed"

2006

Appeared as the wife of a low level mob flunkie in Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared"

2004

Played a woman raising her children, while trying to manage her secret drug habit in "Down to the Bone"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead

2004

Cast in "The Manchurian Candidate" opposite Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep

2002

Appeared in the comedy "Dummy" opposite Adrien Brody

2002

Co-starred in "Love in the Time of Money"; film premiered at Sundance

2001

Had supporting role in "15 Minutes" as a murder witness who gets involved with a criminal investigator (Edward Burns)

2001

Played undercover officer Alex Cross on NBC's crime drama "UC: Undercover"

2000

Featured as the grown daughter of Christopher Walken's retired gangster in "The Opportunists"

1998

Made feature debut with a supporting role in "Return to Paradise"

1997

Played medival battler Catlin on the adventure series "Roar" (Fox)

1997

Featured in the off-Broadway play "Second-Hand Smoke"

1996

Starred as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater production of "The Tempest"

1996

Made Broadway debut as an understudy in "Taking Sides"

Toured with a folk-dancing company in her teens

Learned English at age six

Raised in an insular Ukrainian community in Passaic, NJ

Bonus Trivia

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Despite growing up in New Jersey, Farmiga's first language was Ukrainian.

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"Thematically you can look at my choices and there's always some kind of heavy-duty maternal issue at hand... I'm constantly exploring maternal angst." - from The Guardian, August 1, 2013

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