Vera Farmiga Biography

Birthday: 1973-08-06
Place of Birth: Passaic County, New Jersey USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Vera Farmiga is a Ukrainian-American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for best performance in supporting role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air (2009/I). She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children on August 6, 1973, in Passaic County, New Jersey, USA. She did not speak English until the age of six, and was raised in a strict Ukrainian Catholic home of her father, Michael (Mykola) Farmiga, and her mother, Lyubov (Lyuba) Farmiga. She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school, then went to public School. Young Vera Farmiga was a shy nearsighted girl wearing spectacles while practicing her piano, and was switching to contact lenses for dancing. She was touring 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 supporting role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air (2009/I), 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 end 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 had since she was a child.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Roar 1997 Action
Higher Ground Corinne 2000 - 2000 Drama
Iron Jawed Angels 2004 Drama
Nothing But The Truth Erica Van Doren 2007 Family
Alaska: Ice Cold Killers Teresa Gazelle 2012 Crime
Bates Motel Norma Louise Bates 2015
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Running Scared Teresa Gazelle 1986 Game Show, 0, 0
Roar 1997 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Return to Paradise 1998 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Autumn in New York 2000 0
The Opportunists Miriam Kelly 2000 Comedy, Crime, Drama
15 Minutes Daphne Handlova 2001 Comedy, Game Show, 0
Love in the Time of Money Greta 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Dust 2002 Drama
Dummy 2003
Iron Jawed Angels 2004 Drama, History, Romance
Higher Ground Corinne Walker 2005 0
Neverwas Eleanna 2005 Game Show, 0
Down to the Bone 2005 Drama
The Departed Madolyn 2006 0, Game Show
In Tranzit Natalia 2007 0, Biography, Romance
The Hard Easy Dr. Charlie Brooks 2007 Action, Crime, Drama
Joshua Abby Cairn 2007 Drama, Thriller
Quid Pro Quo Fiona 2008
Never Forever Sophie Lee 2008 Drama
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Mother 2008 Drama, History
Orphan Kate Coleman 2009 Mystery, Thriller
Nothing But the Truth Erica Van Doren 2009 Drama, Thriller
A Heavenly Vintage Aurora de Valday 2009 Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Up in the Air Alex Goran 2010 0, Biography
Henry's Crime Julie Ivanova 2010 Comedy
Source Code Colleen Goodwin 2011 Sport, Game Show, 0, 0
Goats Wendy 2012
Safe House 2012 Action, Crime, Mystery
Middleton Edith 2013 Romance
The Conjuring Lorraine Warren 2013 Reality Tv
Closer to the Moon Alice 2014 Comedy, Drama
The Locals Lillian Goldberg 2015 Comedy
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist Lorraine Warren 2015 Horror
Special Correspondents Eleanor Finch 2016 Comedy
55 Steps Colette Hughes 2018
Burn Your Maps Alise 2019