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Farmiga at the Hugo premiere, New York City, 21 November 2011
Vera Ann Farmiga|
August 6, 1973
Clifton, New Jersey, United States
Farmiga comes from a immigrant family from Ukraine. She grew up with her six brothers and sisters in a Ukrainian community and learned with six years old the English language. In her youth she was in a Ukrainian folk group. In the beginning she went to a Ukrainian Catholic school and then, she studied at the School of Visual and Performing Arts of the Syracuse University.
In 1996 she debuted in the Broadway theater play. She played in Return to Paradise with Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998. 2000 she played in the film drama Autumn in New York as Lisa Tyler. She played in the action film called 15 Minutes.
In 2004 she got an extra price of the Sundance Film Festival. 2005 the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the Independent Spirit Award for her performance in the film Down to the Bone.
She had her directing debut with the film Higher Ground (2011). Since 2013 she plays the main role as Norman Louis Bates on the series Bates Motel.
From 1997-2005 she was married with the actor Sebastian Roche. In 2008 she married Renn Hawkey. They have a son Fynn (*2009) and a daughter Gytta (*2010).
She has also a sister called Taissa Farmiga.
Television and movie roles
|1998||Return to Paradise||Kerrie|
|2000||Autumn in New York||Lisa Tyler|
|The Opportunists||Miriam Kelly|
|2001||15 Minutes||Daphne Handlova|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels|
|Down to the Bone||Irene||Marrakech International Film Festivals|
Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Acting
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|The Manchurian Candidate||Jocelyne Jordan|
|2005||The Hard Easy|
|2006||Running Scared||Teresa Gazelle|
|The Departed||Madolyn Madden|
|Breaking and Entering||Oana|
|2008||Nothing But the Truth||Erica Van Doren||Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress|
|The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas||Elsa||British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress|
|2009||Orphan||Katherine „Kate“ Coleman|
|Up in the Air||Alex Goran||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
|2010||Henry’s Crime||Julie Ivanova|
|2011||Source Code||Colleen Goodwin|
|2012||Safe House||Catherine Linklater|
|2013||The Conjuring||Lorraine Warren|
|2013–present||Bates Motel||Norma Louise Bates|