Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga

Highest Rated: 94% Down to the Bone (2005)

Lowest Rated: 14% Neverwas (2005)

Birthday: Aug 6, 1973

Birthplace: Passaic County, New Jersey

Even those who fail to recognize her name would instantly know the lithe, slightly diminutive, and ethereally beautiful Ukranian-American actress Vera Farmiga by her distinctive look. Born August 6, 1973, in Passaic County, NJ, to Ukranian immigrant parents Michael and Luba Farmiga, Vera grew up with six brothers and sisters, in an isolated Ukranian enclave -- so isolated that the young girl purportedly did not learn spoken English until the age of six. As a teenager, she attended a Ukranian Catholic secondary school, and spent much of her free time touring with a Ukranian folk dancing troupe. Though she originally planned to build a career as an optometrist, Farmiga instead ventured off in the opposite direction by enrolling as an undergraduate at Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. She began to tour as a theatrical performer shortly after graduation, in the American Conservatory Theater's 1996 production of Shakespeare's Tempest, then took her Broadway bow later that same year, as an understudy in David Jones' mounting of Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides. Television work ensued, with spots in such series as Law & Order, Trinity, UC: Undercover, and Touching Evil. At about the same time (around 1998), Farmiga made her rather modest cinematic debut in Sleeping With the Enemy director Joseph Ruben's little-seen Return to Paradise, starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche. Many additional roles followed throughout the first years of the new millennium, including that of Lisa, Richard Gere's estranged daughter, in the soapy melodrama Autumn in New York; Lorena, Adrien Brody's unemployment counselor in the Greg Pritikin-helmed 2002 comedy Dummy; and Allison in Eric Schaeffer's fine (albeit overlooked) ensemble film Mind the Gap (2004), where she appears alongside such notables as John Heard and the late Alan King. Farmiga joined the cast of Jonathan Demme's 2004 Manchurian Candidate remake, alongside Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and Liev Schreiber; though not among the top-billed performers, the appearance served her career favorably. She fared much better (on all fronts) with a starring role in that same year's visceral indie addiction drama Down to the Bone, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and a critical darling. As Irene, a coke-addled supermarket checker and mother of two, Farmiga drew raves from such sources as The New York Times and The Village Voice for, in one reviewer's words, "a pitch-perfect performance." (She also reeled in a Los Angeles Film Critics' Association award for that role -- no small accomplishment, indeed.) 2006 brought with it a role as Teresa in Wayne Kramer's thriller Running Scared, and appearances in such features as Anthony Minghella's Breaking & Entering and Martin Scorsese's The Departed (both 2006). The Minghella drama concerns a group of ethnic locals whose lives intersect -- and catalyze violent hostilities -- in the scuzzy King's Cross section of London; as Oana, Farmiga draws heavily on her Eastern European background. In the Scorsese picture, a Beantown cops-and-mobsters crime drama, Farmiga plays Madeleine, the female lead opposite heavyweights Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jack Nicholson. Meanwhile, Farmiga signed for the role of Fiona, a woman who enters an affair with paraplegic radio personality Isaac (portrayed by In the Bedroom's Nick Stahl) in Carlos Brooks' Quid Pro Quo (2007).In 2009 Farmiga appeared as a mother whose life is threatened by an evil foster child in Orphan, but it was her supporting turn opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air that earned her excellent reviews as well as acting nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. In the coming years, Farmiga would appear in a host of other acclaimed films, like Source Code and Safe House. Farmiga would also earn massive critical praise for her directorial debut, helming and starring in the 2012 drama Higher Ground.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Many Saints of Newark Actor 2020
No Score Yet The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Lorraine Warren 2020
77% Skin Shareen Krager 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home Lorraine Warren 2019
62% Burn Your Maps Alise 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Emma Russell 2019
44% Captive State Actor 2019
60% The Front Runner Lee Hart 2018
51% Boundaries Laura Jaconi 2018
No Score Yet Limites Laura Jaconi 2018
56% The Commuter Joanna $36.3M 2018
No Score Yet En famille Actor 2018
80% The Conjuring 2 Lorraine Warren $102.5M 2016
17% Special Correspondents Eleanor Finch 2016
46% Closer To The Moon Alice 2015
48% The Judge Samantha Powell $35.7M 2014
61% At Middleton Edith Martin $53.4K 2014
85% The Conjuring Lorraine Warren $137.4M 2013
19% Goats Wendy 2012
52% Safe House Catherine Linklater $126.2M 2012
81% Higher Ground Director Corinne Walker $0.9M 2011
No Score Yet The Vintner's Luck Aurora de Valday 2011
41% Henry's Crime Julie Ivanova $0.2M 2011
92% Source Code Goodwin $54.7M 2011
91% Up in the Air Alex Goran $83.8M 2009
56% Orphan Kate Coleman $41.5M 2009
63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) Mother $9.1M 2008
82% Nothing But the Truth Erica Van Doren 2008
61% Quid Pro Quo Fiona 2008
62% Joshua Abby Cairn $0.5M 2007
34% Breaking and Entering Oana $0.9M 2007
80% Never Forever Sophie 2007
No Score Yet Women of Indie Film Actor 2007
91% The Departed Madolyn $132.4M 2006
41% Running Scared Teresa Gazelle $6.7M 2006
No Score Yet In Tranzit Natascha 2006
94% Down to the Bone Irene 2005
14% Neverwas Eleanna 2005
56% Mind the Gap Allison Lee 2005
No Score Yet The Hard Easy Actor 2005
80% The Manchurian Candidate Jocelyne Jordan $65.8M 2004
71% Dummy Lorena 2003
No Score Yet Iron Jawed Angels Ruza Wenclawska 2003
20% Dust Amy 2003
18% Love in the Time of Money Greta 2002
32% 15 Minutes Daphne Handlova $24.2M 2001
52% The Opportunists Miriam Kelly 2000
19% Autumn in New York Lisa 2000
71% Return to Paradise Kerrie 1998
No Score Yet Rose Hill Actor 1997

TV

Credit
96% When They See Us
2019
Elizabeth Lederer 2019
93% Bates Motel
2013-2017
Norma Louise Bates Norma Bates Appearing 2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
15
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2013
50% Roar
1997
Catlin 2004
1997
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
2001-2002
Alex Cross 2002
2001
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Lindsay Carson 1998

QUOTES FROM Vera Farmiga CHARACTERS

Edith says: If Audrey had to give up either her phone or her kidney, she'd be on dialysis.

Edith says: I bet he irons his underwear.

Ed Warren says: Somethin' awful happened here, Ed.

Lorraine Warren says: What is it?

Lorraine Warren says: Do you mind if I try to see Roy?

Lorraine Warren says: Do you mind if I try to see Rory?

Lorraine Warren says: This thing has latched itself to your family.

Ed Warren says: Something awful happened here, Ed.

Lorraine Warren says: Something awful happened here, Ed.

Lorraine Warren says: What is it?

Ed Warren says: What is it?

Ed Warren says: Well, we've been called ghost hunters, paranormal researchers...

Lorraine Warren says: But we prefer to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Carolyn Perron says: I'm comin' with you.

Lorraine Warren says: I'm comin' with you.

Ed Warren says: No way, I can't lose you.

Lorraine Warren says: Somethin' awful happened here, Ed.

Lorraine Warren says: Something awful happened here, Ed.

Ed Warren says: Well, we've been called ghost hunters, paranormal researchers...

Ed Warren says: Well, we've been called ghost hunters, paranormal researchers.

Lorraine Warren says: But we prefer to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Lorraine Warren says: You have a lot of spirits in here but there's one that I'm most worried about, because it is so hateful.

Colter Stevens says: Where am I?

Colleen Goodwin says: That's classified.

Colter Stevens says: Fuck you!

Madolyn says: Why is the last patient of the day always the hardest?

Billy Costigan says: Cause you're tired and you don't give a shit

Billy Costigan says: Cause you're tired and you don't give a shit.

Ryan Bingham says: I thought I was a part of your life.

Alex Goran says: I thought we signed up for the same thing.

Ryan Bingham says: Try and help me understand exactly what it is that you signed up for.

Alex Goran says: I thought our relationship was perfectly clear. I mean, you're an escape. You're a break from our normal lives. You're a...a parenthesis.

Madolyn says: Death is hard, life is much easier

Madolyn says: Death is hard, life is much easier.

Madolyn says: Why is the last patient of the day always the hardest?

Erica Van Doren says: I know you can't tell me who your source is. I respect that, okay? I know about keeping secrets.

Elsa Bruno's Mother says: It won't feel like home until we make it feel like home.

Alex Goran says: Ryan, I'm not some waitress you banged in a snowstorm. That word has no meaning in our vocabulary.

Corinne Walker says: Come on holy spirit!

Alex Goran says: Well, by the time someone's right for you, it won't feel like settling. And the only one there to judge you is the 23 year-old girl with a target on your back.

Alex Goran says: Yeah, but by the time someone is right for you it wonâ??t feel like itâ??s settling. And the only person there to judge you will be the 23-year-old girl with the target on your back.

Alex Goran says: Yeah, but by the time someone is right for you, it won't feel like settling. And the only person left to judge you will be the 23-year-old girl with a target on your back.

Alex Goran says: You're young. You see settling as something of a failure.

Alex Goran says: You're young. Right now you see settling as some sort of failure.

Natalie Keener says: It is...by definition.

Natalie Keener says: It is, by definition.

Natalie Keener says: I thought I'd be engaged by now...no offense.

Natalie Keener says: I thought I'd be engaged by now, no offense.

Alex Goran says: It's alright.

Ryan Bingham says: No, it's fine.

Alex Goran says: What a weasely prick.

Natalie Keener says: Yeah, but what does that make me? Someone who falls for a prick?

Alex Goran says: I'm a sucker for simulated hospitality.

Alex Goran says: He broke up with you over text message?

Ryan Bingham says: It's like firing people over the internet.

Natalie Keener says: You're so pretty! You're exactly how I wanna look like in 15 years.

Alex Goran says: Thank you Natalie!

Esther says: Mommy Please dont kill me.

Esther says: Please, don't let me die, Mommy.

Kate Coleman says: Im not your fucking mommy

Kate Coleman says: I'm not your fucking mommy!

Alex Goran says: What, you want me to be your date?

Ryan Bingham says: I don't want to be the lonely guy at the bar. I want a dance partner, I want a plus one, and if I could stomach it, I'd like it to be you.

Colleen Goodwin says: Lily awoke in an evening dress in an outbrook look. In her hand were 5 playing cards

Colleen Goodwin says: Lily awoke in an evening dress in an outbrook look. In her hand were 5 playing cards.

Colleen Goodwin says: Who bombed the train?

Captain Colter Stevens says: I don'tyt know weho bombed ther train

Captain Colter Stevens says: I don't know who bombed ther train.

Colleen Goodwin says: Then try again

Colleen Goodwin says: Then try again.

Colleen Goodwin says: Concentrate on the passengers in your car.

Colleen Goodwin says: Colleen: Look for ones who seem nervous, as always, you?ll have 8 minutes.

Colleen Goodwin says: Colleen: Look for ones who seem nervous, as always, you'll have 8 minutes.

Captain Colter Stevens says: Colter: Eight minutes, and then I blow up again.

Erica Van Doren says: Just tell me this: was it someone close to me? Someone I know?

Bruno's Father says: I'm a solider. Soldiers fight a war.

Elsa Bruno's Mother says: That's not war!

Bruno's Father says: It's a vital part of it!