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  • Vera Farmiga

    Born on August 6, 1973 in Passaic County, New Jersey

awards & nominations

Bates Motel (2013)

Vera Farmiga as "Norma Bates"

After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay, giving herself and teenage son Norman a chance to begin anew. Shy Norman is reluctant at first, but with the help of his mother -- with whom he shares an intensely close relationship -- the boy begins to open up to others and make new friends. Some locals, however, aren't as friendly and welcoming to the Bates, who discover that because White Pine Bay isn't as peaceful as it appears, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive. The drama series, from executive producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") and inspired by the seminal 1960 horror film "Psycho," explores the formative years of Norman Bates and how his complicated bond with his mother forged a serial killer.

Emmy (Primetime) (2013) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Up in the Air (2009)

Vera Farmiga as "Alex Goran"

An idea from a young, new co-worker (Anna Kendrick) would put an end to the constant travel of corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), so he takes her on a tour to demonstrate the importance of face-to-face meetings with those they must fire. While mentoring his colleague, he arranges hookups with another frequent-flier (Vera Farmiga), and his developing feelings for the woman prompt him to see others in a new light.

Academy Award (2009) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009) Nominated Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (2009) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

The Departed (2006)

Vera Farmiga as "Madolyn"

South Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes under cover to infiltrate the organization of gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As Billy gains the mobster's trust, a career criminal named Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates the police department and reports on its activities to his syndicate bosses. When both organizations learn they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin must figure out each other's identities to save their own lives.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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