Gal Gadot: Israeli actress, producer, and model; Miss Israel 2004 (born: 1985)
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Gal Gadot
Israeli actress, producer, and model; Miss Israel 2004

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot
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Intro Israeli actress, producer, and model; Miss Israel 2004
A.K.A. Gal Gadot-Versano, Gal Gadot-Varsano
Is Actor Model Beauty pageant contestant Film producer Film actor
From Israel
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 30 April 1985, Petah Tikva, Central District, Israel
Age 38 years
Star sign Taurus
Spouse: Yaron "Jaron" Varsano (2008-)
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Reichman University
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Gal Gadot-Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות[ˈɡal ɡaˈdot]; born (1985-04-30)30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a soldier, whereafter she began studying at the IDC Herzliya college, while building her modeling and acting careers.

Gadot's first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in several subsequent installments of the film franchise. She went on to achieve global stardom for portraying Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), followed by the solo film Wonder Woman (2017), the ensemble Justice League (2017), the sequel Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), and the alternate cut Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021). She also starred alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in the Netflix action comedy film Red Notice (2021).

Dubbed the "biggest Israeli superstar" by local media outlets, Gadot was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2018 and has placed twice in annual rankings of the world's highest-paid actresses.

Early life

Gadot was born on 30 April 1985 in Petah Tikva, Israel, where she first lived. She was later raised in the city of Rosh HaAyin, Israel. In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks". Her parents are Irit (née Weiss), a physical education teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer; they Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein" to "Gadot" prior to her birth. She has a younger sister, Dana Gadot. Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a "very Jewish, Israeli family environment," and is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish). Her father is a sixth-generation Sabra. Gadot's maternal grandparents were born in 20th-century Europe; her grandfather, who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, survived the Holocaust, while her grandmother managed to escape the continent before the outbreak of World War II hostilities.

Growing up in Israel, Gadot learned and danced jazz and hip-hop for 12 years, and her first jobs were babysitting and working at a local Burger King. She graduated from Begin High School in Rosh HaAyin, majoring in biology. Jewish high schools in Israel tend to take their sophomores to a Holocaust memorial trip to Poland to experience and reminisce the Auschwitz and the Majdanek concentration camps first-hand, which Gadot shared: "I stood there on top of a mountain of ashes. I, an entitled child, felt the suffering the Muselmann experienced back then. When it was time to give my speech at the memorial ceremony, my eyes filled up with tears, and I could not control the shivering. I returned home more mature and cried with my grandfather about that, coming a full circle from his childhood to mine."

Gadot entered the Miss Israel competition at age 18, thinking it would be a fun experience. "I never thought I would win," she said to Glamour magazine. Gadot completed her two mandatory years of military service in the Israel Defense Forces, where she enlisted as a combat fitness instructor. She began her service at age 20. Gadot says that her military 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." After her military service, Gadot studied law and government at the IDC Herzliya college in Herzliya, Israel.


Modeling and beauty pageant career

At age 18, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant, and subsequently competed for Israel in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant that took place that year in Ecuador.

She has led international campaigns as a model for Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances, Vine Vera skincare and Jaguar Cars. In 2015, she became the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand. She has been 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. In 2013, her combined annual modelling and acting salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million.

In 2007, a then 21-year-old Gadot was in the Maxim photo shoot "Women of the Israel Defense Forces" and was then featured on the cover of the New York Post.

In 2017, Gadot was placed at number one on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list.

In 2018, Gadot became a brand ambassador for Revlon and Reebok. She appeared in advertisements for Revlon's "Live Boldly" campaign and Reebok's "Be More Human" campaign.


Gadot at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

After Gadot had completed her first year of college, a casting director contacted her agent to have Gadot audition for the part of Camille Montes in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, a few months later, Gadot starred in the 2008 Israeli drama Bubot. Three months later, the casting director from her Quantum of Solace audition chose Gadot over six other actresses for the role of Gisele Yashar in the action film Fast & Furious, the fourth film in the Fast & Furious franchise. Gadot performed her own stuntwork in those films.

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

Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role. Gadot's performance as the superhero, which was the character's first appearance in film, was singled out as one of the best parts of the film.

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". 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. 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 on 16 December.

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. Later that year, she co-starred in the action crime thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character, alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. Her final film of 2016 was the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher.

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 in November 2017, and was her third DC Extended Universe installment. That same year, Gadot was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2018, Time magazine named Gadot one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Forbes ranked her as the tenth highest-paid actress in the world, with annual earnings of $10 million. In the same year, Gadot voiced Shank in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Gadot appeared in the music video for Maroon 5's song "Girls Like You" featuring Cardi B.

In 2020, Forbes ranked Gadot as the third highest-paid actress in the world, with annual earnings of $31.5 million. On 11 October 2020, Gadot was confirmed to be reuniting with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins on Cleopatra, an epic film centered on Cleopatra produced by Paramount Pictures. In December, Gadot was cast in the spy thriller Heart of Stone.

In 2021, Gadot starred alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in the Netflix action comedy film Red Notice, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Her film Death on the Nile directed by Kenneth Branagh is slated for release on 11 February 2022.

Gadot has been cast as the Evil Queen in a live-action film adaptation of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is expected to begin production 2022.


Gadot at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Wonder Woman 1984

In October 2019, Gadot formed a production company, Pilot Wave, with her husband, Yaron "Jaron" Varsano, and said she will star in and co-produce an Apple TV+ limited series about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, as well as the Warner Bros. historical thriller film Irena Sendler, following the life of WWII humanitarian Irena Sendler.

In 2020, Gadot co-produced, as well as starred, in the sequel film Wonder Woman 1984.

Other work

In 2008, Gadot participated in Tfos Ta’Festigal, an annual Israeli musical for kids, singing and dancing as a mermaid.

Gadot was named as celebrity endorser for Smartwater in 2020, replacing Jennifer Aniston, who had served in that role since 2008.

In March 2020, Gadot and a number of other celebrities, including her Wonder Woman 1984 co-star Kristen Wiig, performed an online version of the song "Imagine" by John Lennon, intended to raise morale during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video received backlash with critics dismissing it as an ineffective response to the pandemic; Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called it "an empty and profoundly awkward gesture". Gadot later acknowledged the video did not garner the positive reaction that had been intended, but was unapologetic in explaining the thinking behind it.

Personal life

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron "Jaron" Varsano in 2008. They have three daughters, one born in 2011, another in 2017 and the third in 2021. The two formed their own film-television production company, Pilot Wave, in 2019. Gadot and Varsano owned a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, which she helped run, that eventually was sold to Roman Abramovich in 2015 for $26 million.

During the 2014 Gaza War, Gadot posted on Facebook a picture of herself and her daughter praying in front of Shabbat candles in support of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), accompanied by a comment that quickly accumulated over 200,000 likes as well as more than 15,000 comments of both support and criticism:

"I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children...We shall overcome!!! #weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf"

In July 2018, during a break in filming Wonder Woman 1984, Gadot visited a Virginia children's hospital in costume as Wonder Woman.

During the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis, Gadot tweeted a statement calling for peace that prompted backlash for expressing support for her native Israel and for referring to Palestine as "neighbors" rather than by name.


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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
2015 Furious 7 Gisele Yashar James Wan Credited and appears in a deleted scene
2016 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
Triple 9 Elena Vlaslov John Hillcoat
2017 Wonder Woman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins
Justice League Zack Snyder
Joss Whedon (uncredited)
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Shank Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Voice
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Herself Scott Aukerman Cameo
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins Also producer
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League Zack Snyder
Red Notice Sarah Black Rawson Marshall Thurber
2022 Death on the Nile dagger Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle Kenneth Branagh Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bubot Miriam "Merry" Elkayam
2009 The Beautiful Life Olivia 3 episodes
Entourage Lisa Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2011 Asfur Kika
2012 Eretz Nehederet Herself
Kathmandu Yamit Bareli
2017 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Gal Gadot / Sam Smith"
2017–2021 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Herself 2 episodes in 2017, 1 episode in 2018, 1 episode in 2020, 1 episode in 2021
2018 The Simpsons Herself Voice; episode: "Bart's Not Dead"
2019 Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Guest
2020 COVID Is No Joke Television special
Class of 2020: In This Together Television special

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2012 "Lie" Noy Alooshe featuring Saar Badishi Herself
2018 "Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
2020 "Imagine (Quarantine Edition)" Artists for We Are One


Year Company Promoting Region Ref.
2009–2014 Castro Fashion Israel
2013 Vine Vera Cosmetics United States
2014–2015 Careline Cosmetics Israel
2015 Huawei Smartphone: Huawei P9 Israel
2015 Gucci Fragrance: Bamboo United States
2017 Erroca Sunglasses Israel
2017 Wix Israeli software and website United States
2017 GTArcade Video game: League of Angels: Paradise Island China
2018 Revlon Cosmetics Worldwide
2018 Huawei Smartphone: Huawei P20 United States
2018 Reebok Sportswear Worldwide
2018 Asus Electronics Worldwide
2019–2021 Hot Telecommunications provider Israel
2020 Smartwater Beverages United States

Beauty pageants

Year Title Status Notes
2004 Miss Israel 2004 Herself Winner
2004 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
Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated
Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Female Action Hero Nominated
2017 Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Wonder Woman Nominated
National Board of Review Awards Spotlight Award Won
North Texas Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Digital Spy Reader Awards Best Actress Won
IGN Awards Best Lead Performer in a Movie Nominated
Golden Issue Awards Best Actress Won
TaquiBox Awards Best Actress of the Year Won
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Female Action Hero Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Liplock (shared with Chris Pine) Nominated
Choice Movie: Action Actress Won
Choice Movie: Actress Summer Nominated
Choice Movie: Comedy Actress Keeping Up with the Joneses Nominated
Choice Movie: Ship (shared with Chris Pine) Wonder Woman Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Awards #SeeHer Award N/A Won
Jupiter Award Best International Actress Wonder Woman Won
Geek Awards Best Actress Won
Odyssey Awards Best Lead Actress Won
Alpha1Media Awards Best Actress Won
Serienema Awards Best Actress in a Hero Movie Won
Entretenews Awards Best Actress Won
Entretenews Awards Best Heroine Won
Film & Music Awards Best Actress Won
Comic Book Film Awards Best Hero Won
Comic Book Film Awards Best Actress Won
Mavoy Movie Awards Best Actress Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight (Wonder Woman vs German soldiers) Won
Best Hero Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star Award - Actress Won
Santa Barbara Film Festival Virtuosos Award Won
Saturn Awards Best Actress Won
Shorty Awards Best Actor N/A Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Justice League Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Wonder Woman & Justice League Nominated
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Ralph Breaks the Internet Nominated
2020 Jay Entertainment Critics Awards Best Actress Wonder Woman 1984 Won
2021 Entretenews Awards Best Actress Won
Entretenews Awards Best Heroine Won
Cape & Castle Awards Best Actress of the Year Won
Golden Tomato Awards Fan Favorite Actress of the Year Nominated
Jupiter Award Best International Actress Won
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
Favorite Superhero Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Hero Nominated
Series Em Cena Awards Best Actress Won
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