Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga, of Ukrainian descent, grew up in the United States without learning English until the age of six. After studying drama, she quickly found herself on stage and screen in minor roles. At 24, she starred in the series Roar: The Legend of Conor alongside fellow newcomer Heath Ledger, a venture that spanned from 1997 to 2000.
Venturing into film, Farmiga caught attention in 1999's Loin du paradis, starring opposite Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche. Subsequent roles in films like 15 Minutes (2001) with Robert De Niro and Love in the Time of Money (2002) alongside Steve Buscemi allowed her to explore both her European heritage and embody the quintessential American.
In 2004, she garnered critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for her role in Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone, winning the Special Jury Prize and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress, as well as receiving a citation from the Independent Spirit Awards for her portrayal of a mother dealing with her son's addiction.
Her profile continued to rise with appearances in Jonathan Demme's A Crime (2004), alongside Paul Walker in Running Scared (2006), and with Matt Damon in The Departed (2006) directed by Martin Scorsese. She also took on lead roles in independent films such as Never Forever, which earned the Jury Prize at Deauville in 2007. Farmiga's versatility was evident in her Oscar-nominated performance for Best Supporting Actress in Up in the Air (2009), where she starred opposite George Clooney in a poignant romance.
While delving into action films like Source Code and Safe House, Farmiga made her directorial debut in 2011 with Higher Ground, a film exploring a woman's crisis of faith based on the life of Carolyn Briggs.
In 2013, Farmiga took on the iconic role of Norma Bates in Bates Motel, a television prequel to Psycho, portraying a complex and troubled mother alongside Freddie Highmore as her son. Amidst her television success, she continued to shine on the big screen, notably in horror hits like The Conjuring series (2013-2021), where she portrayed the medium Lorraine Warren.
Nearly a decade after her chilling performance in Orphan (2009), Farmiga reunited with director Jaume Collet-Serra to star opposite Liam Neeson in The Commuter (2018), a high-stakes thriller set aboard a speeding train.

Acting

2018

The Nun (2018)

- Lorraine Warren