Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot-Varsano[2] (/ɡəˈdɒt/;[3] Hebrew: גל גדות[ˈɡal ɡaˈdot];[4] born 30 April 1985)[5] is an Israeli actress and model. She is primarily known for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and then the solo film Wonder Woman and the ensemble Justice League (both 2017).[6][7] She previously starred as Gisele Yashar in three films in The Fast and the Furious film franchise.

Gadot was born and raised in Israel. At age 18 she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor. She began studying at IDC Herzliya college before pursuing modeling and acting.[8]

Gal Gadot
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Gadot in 2016
Born 30 April 1985 (age 32)
Petah Tikva, Israel
Citizenship Israeli
Alma mater IDC Herzliya
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Yaron Varsano (m. 2008)
Children 2
Awards Miss Israel 2004

Early life

Gal Gadot was born in Petah Tikva and raised in its neighbouring city of Rosh HaAyin.[9] In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks".[10] Her parents are Irit (née Weiss), a teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer. Both her parents were born in Israel, and they Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein".[11][12] Her father is a sixth-generation Israeli.[13] Her maternal grandparents were born in Europe; her grandfather, who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp, survived the Holocaust, and her grandmother left before the Nazi invasion.[13][14][15] Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a "very Jewish, Israeli family environment". Her ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish.[16] She has one younger sister, Dana.[17]

Her high school major was biology. She says that in high school she was good at basketball because of her height.[1] As a teenager, her first jobs were babysitting and at Burger King.[18] As an adult, Gadot studied law and international relations at the IDC Herzliya college.[1][19]

Military service

Gadot served for two years as an enlisted soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, as a combat instructor.[20] She said of her time in the IDF: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect."[21] Gadot says that her background helped her to win the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious: "I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons."[22]


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Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Justice League

Modeling and pageant career

At age 18, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant,[23] and next competed in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Ecuador. She carried out her two-year military service from the age of 20, then studied law.[24]

Gadot has led international campaigns as a model for Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and Jaguar Cars. In 2015, she became the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand.[25] She has featured as the covergirl on Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bride Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, UMM, Cleo, Fashion, Lucire, FHM. Gadot has been the main model for fashion brand Castro in 2008–16.[26] In 2013, her combined annual modelling and acting salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million, which was ahead of a number of other famous Israeli models such as Esti Ginzburg and Shlomit Malka, though significantly behind Bar Refaeli.[27]

In 2007, 21-year-old Gadot was in the Maxim photo shoot, "Women of the IDF", and was then featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world", behind model Bar Refaeli and actress Eva Green.[28] In 2014, Gadot was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Odeya Rush, listed as an upcoming leading lady by InStyle magazine.[29]


After Gadot had completed her first year of university, a casting director contacted her agent to have Gadot audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the spy film Quantum of Solace.[24] Although the part eluded her, a few months later, Gadot starred in the 2008 Israeli drama Bubot. Three months later, the casting director from her Quantum of Solace audition cast Gadot for the role of Gisele Yashar in the action film Fast & Furious, the fourth film in The Fast & the Furious franchise, having earned the role over six other actresses.[30][31] Gadot performed her own stuntwork in those films.[32]

In 2010, she had small roles in the action-comedy Date Night and the action-adventure comedy Knight and Day.[33] 2011 brought her back to The Fast & the Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five, and in 2013's Fast & Furious 6.[34]

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Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gadot at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2014

Gadot played Wonder Woman in the superhero movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role.[35] Gadot's performance as the superhero, which is the first time for the character on film, was hailed as one of the best parts of the film.[36]

Also in 2016, she had a small role in John Hillcoat's crime-thriller Triple 9, where she starred along with Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul.[37] Later that year, she co-starred in the action crime thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character,[38] alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.[39] Her final film of 2016 was the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Isla Fisher and Jon Hamm.[40]

In 2017, Gadot starred in a solo film for her character, Wonder Woman. She reprised the role in the ensemble film Justice League, which was released on 17 November 2017, and was her third DC Extended Universe installment.[41][42][43] In 2017 Gadot was also invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[44]

Other work

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Gadot with actor Jesse Eisenberg in 2015.

Gadot, fellow Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach appeared at the United Nations on 21 October 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, to mark the character's designation by the United Nations as its "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls".[45][46] The gesture was intended to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.[45][46][47] The decision was met with protests from UN staff members who stated in their petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the character is "not culturally encompassing or sensitive", and served to objectify women. As a result, the character was stripped of the designation, and the project ended 16 December.[47]

Personal life

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron Varsano in 2008.[48] They have two daughters.[34][49][50][51] Until 2015, the couple owned a luxury hotel in Tel Aviv, which Gadot says she helped to run, including changing the bedsheets in the rooms herself.[52] They sold their hotel to Roman Abramovich in 2015 for $26 million.[53]



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2009 Fast & Furious Gisele Yashar Justin Lin
2010 Date Night Natanya Shawn Levy
Knight and Day Naomi James Mangold
2011 Fast Five Gisele Yashar Justin Lin
2013 Fast & Furious 6
2014 Kicking Out Shoshana Mirit Ben Harush Shay Kanot Israeli film
2015 Furious 7 Gisele Yashar James Wan Credited and appears in a deleted scene[54]
2016 Triple 9 Elena Vlaslov John Hillcoat
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Zack Snyder
Criminal Jill Pope Ariel Vromen
Keeping Up with the Joneses Natalie Jones Greg Mottola
2017 Wonder Woman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins
Justice League Zack Snyder


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bubot Miriam "Merry" Elkayam Israeli series
2009 Entourage Lisa Episode: "Amongst Friends"
The Beautiful Life Olivia 3 episodes
2011 Asfur Kika Israeli series
2012 Kathmandu Yamit Bareli
Eretz Nehederet Herself
2017 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Gal Gadot/Sam Smith"


Year Title Status Notes
2004 Miss Israel 2004 Herself Winner
Miss Universe 2004 Miss Israel Participant

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Chinese American Film Festival Most Popular US Actress in China Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Won [55]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated [56]
Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Nominated [56]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Nominated [57]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Female Action Hero Nominated [58]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy Actress Keeping Up with the Joneses Nominated [59]
Choice Movie: Action Actress Wonder Woman Won [59]
Choice Movie: Actress Summer Nominated [59]
Choice Movie: Ship (shared with Chris Pine) Nominated [59]
Choice Liplock (shared with Chris Pine) Nominated [59]
Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Nominated [60]
North Texas Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated [61]
National Board of Review Awards Spotlight Award Won [62]
2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star Award - Actress Won [63]
Santa Barbara Film Festival Virtuosos Award Won [64]
Critics' Choice Awards #SeeHer Award N/A Won [65]

See also


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