Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1973-08-06 (47 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA

56 Movies · 14 TV shows

Also Known As: Вера Фармига · 베라 파미가

Biography

Vera Ann Farmiga (; born August 6, 1973) is an American actress, director, and producer. She began her professional acting career on stage in the original Broadway production of Taking Sides (1996). Farmiga made her television debut in the Fox fantasy adventure series Roar (1997), and her feature film debut in the drama-thriller Return to Paradise (1998).Farmiga's breakthrough came in 2004 with her starring role as a drug addict in the drama Down to the Bone. She received further praise for the drama film Nothing But the Truth (2008), and won critical acclaim for starring in the 2009 comedy-drama Up in the Air, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Farmiga made her directorial debut in 2011 with the acclaimed drama film Higher Ground, in which she also had a leading role. She also had starring roles in the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate (2004), the crime drama The Departed (2006), the historical drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), the science fiction thriller Source Code (2011), the action thriller Safe House (2012), the legal drama The Judge (2014), the biographical drama The Front Runner (2018), and the monster film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).Farmiga has portrayed paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in the Conjuring Universe films The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016), and Annabelle Comes Home (2019). From 2013 to 2017, she starred as Norma Louise Bates in the A&E drama series Bates Motel, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. These roles, along with Joshua (2007) and Orphan (2009), established her as a scream queen. For her portrayal of a lawyer in the miniseries When They See Us (2019), she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Personal Life

Farmiga met actor Sebastian Roché while starring together in the fantasy adventure series Roar; they eloped to the Bahamas after it ended in 1997, and were divorced in 2004. She began dating Deadsy musician Renn Hawkey, after being introduced by mutual friend Allen Hughes on the set of Touching Evil. They married on September 13, 2008, when Farmiga was five months pregnant with their first child. She gave birth to a son in January 2009 in Rhinebeck, New York and a daughter in November 2010. The family owns homes in Hudson Valley, New York and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Farmiga's sister-in-law is actress and photographer Molly Hawkey. She has a close friendship with her Bates Motel co-star Freddie Highmore, who is godfather to her son.Farmiga is a nondenominational Christian; in a 2011 interview with Christianity Today, Farmiga said: I grew up in a Ukrainian Catholic-turned-Christian household, and that is my family's faith. My father instilled in me ... to define God, to define holiness for myself. That was my parents' number one lesson for us. I don't belong to any particular church, but I'm someone who will be able to walk into any place of worship, any house of worship, and have a direct correspondence.

Early Life

Farmiga was born on August 6, 1973, in Clifton, New Jersey. Her parents are Ukrainians: Michael Farmiga, a systems analyst-turned-landscaper, and his wife Lubomyra "Luba" (née Spas), a schoolteacher. She has one older brother, Victor, and five younger siblings: Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, Laryssa (who was born with spina bifida), and Taissa. Her maternal grandparents, Nadia (née Pletenciw; 1925–2014) and Theodor Spas (1921–1990), met at a displaced persons camp in Karlsfeld during World War II. As a child, Farmiga converted with her family from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church to Pentecostalism.Farmiga considers herself to be "100% Ukrainian American". She was raised in an insular Ukrainian American community in Irvington, New Jersey, with Ukrainian as her native language. She did not learn English until she started kindergarten at age six. When she was 12, the family moved from Irvington to Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. She attended St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic School in Newark, New Jersey, and toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing ensemble, Syzokryli, during her teen years. In addition to being a semi-professional folk dancer, she is also a classically trained pianist. Farmiga was a member of Plast.In 1991, she graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. During her junior year there, she found acting after being benched during a varsity soccer game; her friend convinced her to audition for the school production of The Vampire, and she won the lead role of Lady Margaret. Farmiga went on to study Theatre at Syracuse University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1995. In her final year at Syracuse, she portrayed Nina Zarechnaya in The Seagull at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the production won the top prize. Her drama professor, Gerardine Clark, stated: "We'd never have won had she not nailed the fourth act. A number of the judges told me that."

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Halston

Halston

2021
Roy Halston Frowick was an American fashion designer who rose to international fame in the 1970s.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

8.07
2021
The story horrified the Warrens. One of the most sensational cases from their files starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they had ever seen before, to mark ...
The Many Saints of Newark

The Many Saints of Newark

2021
There were riots in Newark. The cultural mobs are fighting. There is a follow up to The Sopranos.

2019.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Skin

Skin

6
2019
A man who was raised by racist skinheads and hated by white supremacists is helped to transform his life by the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.
Annabelle Comes Home

Annabelle Comes Home

5.89
2019
The possessed doll was brought to the locked artifacts room in the home of the demonologists to be placed behind sacred glass and blessed by a priest. The Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her...
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

6.34
2019
The heroic efforts of the agency Monarch are followed as they face off against a group of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, ...
TV
When They See Us

When They See Us

7.33
2019
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they are wrongly accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Captive State

Captive State

6
2019
The lives of a Chicago neighborhood on both sides of the conflict are explored nearly a decade after the occupation by an extraterrestrial force. In a working-class Chicago neighborhood occupied by an...

2018.

4 Movies
The Nun

The Nun

6.05
2018
A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows is sent by the Vatican to investigate when a young nun takes her own life. They uncover the order's secrets. As the abbe...
The Front Runner

The Front Runner

6
2018
In 1987 Gary Hart becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hart is popular with young voters because of his intelligence, charisma and idealism, and he has a clear path to ...
Boundaries

Boundaries

10
2018
Single mom Laura, along with her awkward 14 year-old son Henry is forced to drive Jack, her estranged, care-free pot dealing father across country after he's kicked out of yet another nursing home.
The Commuter

The Commuter

5.31
2018
A businessman, on his daily commute home, gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy that threatens not only his life, but the lives of those around him.

2017.

1 TV show
TV
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

3.5
2017
An anthology of ambitious, moving tales was inspired by Philip K Dick's short stories.

2016.

4 Movies
The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2

5.67
2016
A single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by evil spirits is helped by the Warrens.
Burn Your Maps

Burn Your Maps

2016
A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, believes that he is a goat herder.
Special Correspondents

Special Correspondents

2016
A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York.
The Escape

The Escape

2016
After the disappearance of their Chief Medical Officer, a shadowy bio genetics company is under siege by the FBI for secretly cloning humans. Holt is going to sell the last living clone to a buyer. Ho...

2014.

3 Movies
The Judge

The Judge

5.47
2014
A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Lennon or McCartney

Lennon or McCartney

2014
Over the last ten years, more than 500 artists have been interviewed. When they were asked a question, they were told to only say one word. Some answered quickly, some thought it through, and others d...
Closer to the Moon

Closer to the Moon

2014
A group of people, including a police officer, are pretending to be filming a movie in order to pull off a bank robbery.

2013.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Bates Motel

Bates Motel

5.73
2013
The life of Norman and his mother before the events portrayed in the film were depicted in a "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho. After the death of her husband, she purchases a motel in a ...
The Conjuring

The Conjuring

6.05
2013
A family is being terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse, which is being investigated by a couple of ghost investigators. It is the most terrifying case of their lives when the Warrens are f...
At Middleton

At Middleton

2013
Two parents are on a college tour and fall in love.

2012.

2 Movies
Goats

Goats

2012
Having a self-absorbed New Age mother and an estranged father has meant 15-year-old Ellis Whitman has grown up relying on an unconventional guardian: a goat-trekking, marijuana-growing sage called 'Go...
Safe House

Safe House

5.93
2012
A dangerous CIA man who has been on the run for a decade returns. The rookies escape when the safe house is attacked. It's important that the unlikely allies stay alive so that they can find out who w...

2011.

2 Movies
Higher Ground

Higher Ground

2011
Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, Higher Ground, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Carolyn S was inspired ...
Source Code

Source Code

6.78
2011
A decorated soldier wakes up in the body of an unknown man and learns he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He can experience the last 8 minutes of someone else's ...

2010.

1 Movie
Henry's Crime

Henry's Crime

6
2010
A man is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

2009.

3 Movies
Up in the Air

Up in the Air

7.4
2009
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who spends his life in planes, airports, and hotels, but just as he is about to reach a milestone of ten million frequent flyer miles, he meets a woman wh...
The Vintner's Luck

The Vintner's Luck

2009
The romance was set in France in the 19th century. The film focuses on Sobran, his wife Celeste, and baroness Aurora de Valday, as well as an angel named Xas.
Orphan

Orphan

6.05
2009
Esther was adopted by a married couple after they lost their baby.

2008.

4 Movies
Notes on an American Film Director at Work

Notes on an American Film Director at Work

2008
Filmmaker Jonas Mekas follows his friend, film director Martin Scorsese, and his cast and crew, through various locations during the shooting of his film The Departed, released in 2006.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

7.6
2008
Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas, when his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Pol...
Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

2008
A semi-paralyzed radio reporter is sent out to investigate a story that leads him into an odd subculture and on a journey of disturbing self-realization.
Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth

5
2008
The government wants Rachel to reveal her source when she writes a story. She was sentenced to jail for disobeying the special prosecutor. The case was argued all the way to the U.S. The highest court...

2007.

3 Movies
Joshua

Joshua

2007
The arrival of a newborn girl causes a gradual breakdown of the family, particularly for 9-year-old Joshua, an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes take a sinister turn.
Never Forever

Never Forever

6
2007
In order to save her marriage, an American woman begins a dangerous relationship with an attractive immigrant worker.
In Tranzit

In Tranzit

2007
Nazi POWs suspected of heinous acts are locked up in a Soviet women's prison. The innocent have to pay to weed out the guilty. Based on a true post-World War II story, this drama stars Thomas Kretschm...

2006.

5 Movies
Running Scared

Running Scared

4
2006
Joey Gazelle owned the gun that was used to shoot the cop. Things went wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his father. Joey has to find the kid and the gun before ...
The Departed

The Departed

6
2006
To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own, but they don't realize the syndicate has done the same thing. A career criminal rises through the police ranks after an un...
Running Scared: Through the Looking Glass

Running Scared: Through the Looking Glass

2006
Documentary consisting of interviews with the cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes footage.
The Hard Easy

The Hard Easy

2006
Two separate teams of jewel thieves, one low-rent and one upscale, both desperate, converge on the same score at the exact same time, and a simple job turns out very complicated and bloody.
Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering

6
2006
An affair between a British landscape architect and a Bosnian woman, who was widowed by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, takes place in an inner-city neighbourhood of London.

2005.

1 Movie
Neverwas

Neverwas

2005
A doctor leaves his job at a prestigious university to work at a private mental institution. At the time of his appointment, he didn't tell anyone where his father was born. He lived for many years.

2004.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Down to the Bone

Down to the Bone

6
2004
A woman is stuck in a marriage and has a secret drug habit. During the winter, her balancing act starts to come crashing down.
Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

2004
In order to find happiness, five unrelated people decided to take huge risks.
TV
Touching Evil

Touching Evil

2004
Returning from a year-long psychological leave of absence after surviving an almost-fatal gunshot wound to the head, Detective David Creegan is assigned to the FBI's Organized and Serial Crime Unit – ...
The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

6
2004
Major Ben Marco was in the squad that was attacked during the Gulf War. He doesn't think Sergeant Raymond Shaw is the hero he remembers. Shaw's political power grows as Marco's doubts deepen, and when...
Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels

2004
The women's suffragists risked their lives to get American women the right to vote.

2002.

2 Movies
Love in the Time of Money

Love in the Time of Money

2002
A cast of characters in New York include a woman who makes awkward moves on a man who renovated her SoHo loft, a sleazy artist, and a phone psychic.
Dummy

Dummy

2002
An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor, but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may derail his new career and love life.

2001.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
15 Minutes

15 Minutes

3
2001
When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. Whe...
TV
The Hire

The Hire

2001
"The Hire" is a collection of short films. A form of branded content, all eight films feature popular filmmakers from across the globe, star Clive Owen as the "The Driver" and highlight the performanc...
TV
UC: Undercover

UC: Undercover

2001
UC: Undercover is an action-thriller television series that focuses on the secret lives and private demons of an elite Justice Department crime-fighting unit that confronts the country’s deadliest, mo...
Dust

Dust

2001
There are two different stories of redemption. Edge is looking for gold to pay off a debt. The Macedonian story shows the brothers fighting for different sides of a revolution, with one siding with th...
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All

Snow White: The Fairest of Them All

2001
Snow White's mother dies during childbirth, leaving baby Snow and father John for dead on an icy field, who then receives a visit from one of Satan's representatives, who granted them three wishes.

2000.

2 Movies
The Opportunists

The Opportunists

2000
A struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt is named Vic. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to lend him money, but he is reluctant to do so. Two people team up for one la...
Autumn in New York

Autumn in New York

3.5
2000
Will Keane, a New York restauranteur famous for his no-commitment seduction and verging-on-50 playboy reputation, runs into an unexpected dead end when he meets Charlotte Fielding in New York. Charlot...

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Trinity

Trinity

1998
Set in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, a detective from a working-class Irish Catholic family looks after his family members.
Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise

1998
Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are in Malaysia. Even though Sheriff and Tony are leaving, Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. The Sheriff and Tony were made aware that Lewis had been arrested for dru...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Roar

Roar

1997
Queen Diana, the pro-Roman puppet ruler of Ireland, and her adviser sought the Spear of Longinus in the 5th century.
TV
Roar

Roar

1997
The show was on Fox. In the year AD 400, a young Irish man sets out to rid his land of the Romans, but in order to do so, he must unite the Celtic clans.
Rose Hill

Rose Hill

1997
Four orphan boys run from the law when they see a baby in a carriage. They decided to take Mary Rose with them. The ranch was named Rose Hill. Mary Rose was involved with the man who killed her brothe...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
A murder is followed by a police investigation and prosecution.

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Five Days at Memorial

Five Days at Memorial

The first five days in the New Orleans hospital were chronicled. Exhausted caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions when the power failed and the heat rose after the floods.
Bad Bloom

Bad Bloom

A family living in isolation on a remote island will be portrayed in a horror fairytale. Their tightly-guarded reality begins to break when one of the children learns the monster they feared is not th...
TV
Hawkeye

Hawkeye

Kate Bishop was the focus of the series.
The Salamander Lives Twice

The Salamander Lives Twice

An injured man with a briefcase and no recollection is found on the shoreline of a remote island by the last remaining members of a once prosperous family dynasty.
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