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Vera Farmiga

Farmiga at the showing of Nothing But the Truth at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 2008
Born Vera Ann Farmiga
August 6, 1973 (1973-08-06) (age 36)
Clifton, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Sebastian Roché (1997–2005) (divorced)
Renn Hawkey (2008–present)

Vera Ann Farmiga (pronounced /fɑrˈmiːɡə/; born August 6, 1973) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress, best known for her roles in the films Running Scared, The Departed, Orphan and Up in the Air. For her role in the latter film, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and Academy Award.


Early life

Farmiga, the second oldest of seven children, was born in Clifton, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo, a computer-systems analyst, and Luba Farmiga, a schoolteacher.[1] Farmiga was raised in an insular Ukrainian American community, not speaking English until the age of six.[1][2] She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school in Newark and toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing ensemble.[3][4] In 1991, Farmiga graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School.


Although she originally intended to become an optometrist, Farmiga attended Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. She made her Broadway debut in 1996 as an understudy in the play Taking Sides. The same year, she starred as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater production of The Tempest. Following her theater debut, she played a role the television series, Roar, which was filmed in Australia, alongside Heath Ledger.[1] Farmiga said that the series "wanted to be Braveheart but turned out more Xena: Warrior Princess."[1] Throughout the late 1990s, she continued appearing in stage, television and film roles, including a part in the 1998 film Return to Paradise.

Farmiga appeared in several high profile films in the early 2000s, including Autumn in New York, 15 Minutes and the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Her lead performance in the 2005 film Down to the Bone received a "Best Actress" award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. In 2006, she appeared in Running Scared.

Rather than attending auditions for films in which she is interested, Farmiga makes short films which she submits for casting. "To fade in and fade out, have intimacy with the mikes, the lighting, and have the luxury of takes — you could make yourself as ugly or as beautiful as you wanted."[1] One of these audition films led to Martin Scorsese inviting her for what she calls "a chemistry read" with Leonardo DiCaprio, which led to her role as a police psychiatrist in The Departed.[1]

Farmiga starred in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as the wife of a Nazi commandant, played by David Thewlis. In 2008, she played the role of Erica Van Doren in the political thriller Nothing But the Truth, for which she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the 2009 Critics Choice Awards. She stars opposite George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, and Melanie Lynskey in the 2009 comedy-drama Up in the Air, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Performance by an Actress,[5] as well as many other nominations and acclaim.

Personal life

Farmiga met French actor Sebastian Roché while filming Roar.[1] The two eloped to the Bahamas after the series' end in 1997. The marriage ended in 2003.[1] After being together for four years, Farmiga married Renn Hawkey in September 2008. Farmiga has a son named Fynn, born Jan. 15, 2009, with Hawkey. Hawkey, a carpenter, is the former keyboardist for a goth band named Deadsy.


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Return to Paradise Kerrie
2000 Autumn in New York Lisa Tyler
2001 15 Minutes Daphne Handlova
Dust Amy
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All Josephine
2002 Love in the Time of Money Greta limited release
2003 Dummy Lorena
2004 Down to the Bone Irene limited release
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Special Jury Prize of the Sundance Film Festival
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Iron Jawed Angels Ruza Wenclawska TV film
Mind the Gap Allison Lee
The Manchurian Candidate Jocelyne Jordan
2005 The Hard Easy Dr. Charlie Brooks
Neverwas Eleanna
2006 Running Scared Teresa Gazelle
Breaking and Entering Oana
The Departed Madolyn Madden National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Empire Awards for Best Newcomer
2007 Joshua Abby Cairn
Never Forever Sophie Lee
In Tranzit Natalia
2008 Quid Pro Quo Fiona
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Elsa (Mother) British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nothing But the Truth Erica Van Doren Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 The Vintner's Luck Baroness Aurora awaiting release
Orphan Kate Coleman
Up in the Air Alex Goran Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
2010 Source Code


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Roar Caitlin
1998 Law & Order Lindsay Episode: "Expert"
2002 UC: Undercover Alex Cross
2004 Touching Evil Detective Susan Branca


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