VERA FARMIGA (Samantha Powell) is an Oscar-nominated and award-winning actress
who continues to captivate audiences with her ability to embody each of her
diverse and engaging roles.
She was last seen in the second season of the A&E original series "Bates Motel,"
which is a modern day prequel to the genre-defining film "Psycho." Farmiga, who
earned a 2013 Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a
Drama Series for her role, stars as the iconic character Norma in the series,
which gives audiences a glimpse into the dark and deeply intricate relationship
Norman Bates has with his mother. A&E has renewed the show for a third season.
Farmiga recently starred alongside Patrick Wilson in James Wan's thriller "The
Conjuring," co-starred with Andy Garcia in Adam Rogers' romantic comedy "At
Middleton," and appeared in Nae Caranfil's "Closer to the Moon." Farmiga
co-starred with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Daniel Espinosa's 2012
film "Safe House," and in Christopher Neil's "Goats," opposite David Duchovny,
which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Farmiga directed and starred in the feature "Higher Ground." The film was in
competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She
received critical praise and nominations, including Academy Award, BAFTA,
Broadcast Film Critics' Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award
nods, for her role in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," opposite George Clooney.
Her recent film credits include Duncan Jones's "Source Code," opposite Jake
Gyllenhaal; Malcolm Venville's "Henry's Crime," opposite Keanu Reeves; Jaume
opposite Peter Sarsgaard; Niki Caro's "The Vintner's Luck"; Carlos Brooks' "Quid
Pro Quo"; the Holocaust drama "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," for which she
was awarded the Best Actress Award from the British Independent Film Awards; and
Rod Lurie's political drama "Nothing But the Truth," which earned her a
nomination for a Broadcast Film Critics Award.
Farmiga won the Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics'
Association for her performance in the independent film "Down to the Bone," a
revelatory drama about a weary working-class mother trapped by drug addiction.
She also won Best Actress awards from the Sundance Film Festival and the
Marrakech Film Festival and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for
Her additional film credits include: Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning police
drama "The Departed," opposite Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson;
Anthony Minghella's "Breaking & Entering," opposite Jude Law; "Joshua," opposite
Sam Rockwell; and "Never Forever," opposite Jung-woo Ha and David McInnis.