An Oscar-nominated and award-winning actress, VERA FARMIGA continues to
captivate audiences with her ability to embody each of her diverse and engaging
roles. In 2011, Farmiga made her directorial debut with Higher Ground, which she
also starred in, opposite John Hawkes, Joshua Leonard, and Dagmara Dominczyk.
The film opened to critical acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was
picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.
Farmiga starred in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, opposite George Clooney, for
which she has received critical praise and nominations for an Academy Award,
BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics' Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden
Most recently, Farmiga appeared opposite David Duchovny in the coming-of-age
comedy Goats. She appeared opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in
Universal Pictures' spy thriller Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa. She
stars opposite Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon, Nae Caranfil's film set in
postwar Romania, which is set to be released in 2013. In New Line's The Warren
Files, directed by James Wan and also set for a 2013 release, she stars opposite
Patrick Wilson as a paranormal investigator famous for having battled activity
in the cases that inspired The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in
She will next star as Norma Bates in A&E's upcoming series "Bates Motel," which
serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho, and examines the
twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother
Vera also starred in the dark thriller Orphan opposite Peter Sarsgaard;
Miramax's Holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Rod Lurie's
political drama Nothing but the Truth, which earned her a nomination for a
Broadcast Film Critic Award. For her performance in The Boy in the Striped
Pajamas, she was awarded the Best Actress Award by the British Independent Film
Farmiga won the Best Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics'
Association for her performance in the independent film Down To the Bone, for
which she also won Best Actress Awards from the Sundance Film Festival and the
Marrakech Film Festival. She also earned an Independent Spirit Award
nomination for the role.
Other films include Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Anthony Minghella's Breaking
& Entering, The Manchurian Candidate, Joshua, Quid Pro Quo, Henry's Crime, and
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