Vera Farmiga is a Ukrainian-American actress who debuted on television in a main role on the series 'Roar' (1997) and subsequently bagged supporting roles in films like 'Return to Paradise' (1998), 'Autumn in New York' (2000), 'The Opportunists' (2000), and '15 Minutes' (2001).
Her breakthrough role was as Irene Morrison in the drama 'Down to the Bone' (2004). Her early filmography included successful films such as the political-thriller 'The Manchurian Candidate' (2004) and the 'Academy Award'-winning crime-drama 'The Departed' (2006), as well as box-office failures like 'Running Scared' (2006). She played the lead in the South Korean-American film 'Never Forever' (2007).
In 2008, she earned critical acclaim for her roles in 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' and 'Nothing But the Truth'. The following year, she played one of her best roles, Alex Goran, in the comedy-drama 'Up in the Air' (2009), which earned her an 'Oscar' nomination. In 2011, she directed and starred in 'Higher Ground'. Some of her recent best movies include 'Source Code' (2011), 'Safe House' (2012), 'The Conjuring' (2013), 'The Judge' (2014) and 'The Conjuring 2' (2016). On television, she earned a 'Saturn Award' for her lead role on the drama-thriller series 'Bates Motel' (2013-17).