Vera Farmiga


06 Aug 1973


Passaic County, New Jersey, USA


Vera Ann Farmiga


Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for best performance in her supporting role, opposite George Clooney, in Up in the Air (2009).

She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, in Clifton (Passaic County), New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian parents. She did not speak English until the age of six, and was raised in the strict Ukrainian Catholic home of her mother, Lyuba (Spas), a schoolteacher, and her father, Michael (Mykola) Farmiga, a computer systems analyst. Her younger sister is actress Taissa Farmiga. She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school, then went to public School. Young Vera was a shy, nearsighted girl wearing spectacles while practicing her piano, and was switching to contact lenses for dancing. She toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing company in her teens.

In 1991, she graduated from Hunterdon Central regional high school. She initially dreamed of becoming an optometrist, but changed her mind, and studied acting at Syracuse University's School of Performing Arts. In 1996, she began her professional acting career, making her Broadway debut, as an understudy, in the play "Taking Sides". Her stage credits included performances in "The Tempest", "The Glass Menagerie", "Hamlet" and in a well-reviewed off-Broadway production, "Second-Hand Smoke" (1997). At the same time, she made her television debut as a female lead, "Catlin", opposite then-unknown Heath Ledger, in Fox's adventure series, Roar (1997).

In 1998, Farmiga made her big screen debut in the drama, Return to Paradise (1998), then played daughters of Christopher Walken in The Opportunists (2000) and Richard Gere in Autumn in New York (2000). She starred as a working-class mother struggling to keep her life and marriage together while hiding her drug addiction in Down to the Bone (2004), for which she won Best Actress Awards from the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Farmiga's acting talent shone in a range of characters, from her memorable role as the senator's daughter, opposite Jon Voight, in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), to a mental patient in an insane asylum in Neverwas (2005). She co-stars as the wife of a mobster, opposite Paul Walker, in Running Scared (2006), as a humorous prostitute in Breaking and Entering (2006), and as a doctor in The Departed (2006). In 2010, Vera Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for best performance in a supporting role, opposite George Clooney, in Up in the Air (2009), which received six Oscar nominations. In 2011, she made her directorial debut with Higher Ground (2011), where she also appears in the leading role as "Corinne", a thoughtful woman who struggles with belief, love, and trust - in human relationships as well as in God, and dares to question the religious dogma. Although the film had a limited release, Farmiga's direction and performance received attention at several festivals.

Vera Farmiga was formerly married to actor Sebastian Roché, whom she met during her work on the series Roar (1997), and the two eloped to the Bahamas after the series ended in 1997. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2005. In 2008, she married musician Renn Hawkey and the couple has two children, son Finn, born in 2009, and daughter Gytta Lubov Hawkey, born in 2010. Vera Farmiga lives with her husband and their children in Hudson Valley, New York. She also spends time and works in Los Angeles, California. Her other activities, outside her acting profession, include reading, playing her piano, and spending time with her pet angora goats, an obsession she has had since she was a child.

Actor ( 74 credits )

The Commuter (2018)
55 Steps (2017) Colette Hughes
Boundaries (2017) Laura
The Conjuring 2 (2016) Lorraine Warren
Special Correspondents (2016) Eleanor Finch
Burn Your Maps (2016) Alise
The Judge (2014) Samantha
Closer to the Moon (2014) Alice
Bates Motel: After Hours (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Conjuring (2013) Lorraine Warren
At Middleton (2013) Edith Martin
Bates Motel (2013)  Norma Louise Bates (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Safe House (2012) Catherine Linklater
Goats (2012) Wendy
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2012)  Herself - interviewee (1 episode, 2013)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Herself (2014)
The Substance of Things Hoped For: Making Higher Ground (2011) Herself
Source Code (2011) Colleen Goodwin
Higher Ground (2011) Corinne Walker
Henry's Crime (2010) Julie Ivanova
The Talk (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
A Heavenly Vintage (2009) Aurora de Valday
Up in the Air (2009) Alex Goran
Orphan (2009) Kate
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Hello! Hollywood (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Moving Pictures Live! (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
In Tranzit (2008) Natalia
Nothing But the Truth (2008) Erica Van Doren
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) Mother
Quid Pro Quo (2008) Fiona
Never Forever (2007) Sophie Lee
Joshua (2007) Abby Cairn
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Lorraine Warren in 'The Conjuring' (1 episode, 2013)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009-2013)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Hard Easy (2006) Dr. Charlie Brooks
Breaking and Entering (2006) Oana
The Departed (2006) Madolyn
Running Scared (2006) Teresa Gazelle
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Neverwas (2005) Eleanna
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (3 episodes, 2009-2013)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Jocelyne Jordan
Mind the Gap (2004) Allison Lee
Down to the Bone (2004) Irene
Touching Evil (2004)  Detective Susan Branca (12 episodes, 2004)
Dummy (2002) Lorena
Love in the Time of Money (2002) Greta
Dust (2001) Amy
15 Minutes (2001) Daphne Handlova
UC: Undercover (2001)  Alex Cross (11 episodes, 2001-2002)
Autumn in New York (2000) Lisa Tyler
The Opportunists (2000) Miriam Kelly
Return to Paradise (1998) Kerrie
The Butterfly Dance (1998) Diane
Trinity (1998) (1 episode, 1998)
Roar (1997)  Caitlin (11 episodes, 1997)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself / ... (5 episodes, 2007-2014)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Law & Order (1990)  Lindsay Carson (1 episode, 1998)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
The Locals (0) Lillian Goldberg
Prima (0)
The Geography of Hope (0)
D.M.V. (0) Jessica Bedford (rumored)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Bates Motel (2013) producer / executive producer (30 episodes, 2014-2016)

Director ( 1 credit )

Higher Ground (2011)