Elsa Pataky Headshot, February 27, 2013
|Born||Elsa Lafuente Medianu
18 July 1976
Elsa Lafuente Medianu (born 18 July 1976), known professionally as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model, actress, and film producer.
Early life 
Elsa Pataky was born in Madrid, Spain, the daughter of José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist, and Cristina Pataky Medianu, a publicist of mixed Romanian and Hungarian ancestry. Pataky attended the Universidad de San Pablo CEU, studying journalism and taking acting classes.
Pataky was a member of the Madrid theatre company Teatro Cámara de Ángel Gutiérrez. Eventually, she left school when she was cast in the television series Al salir de clase. Some of her subsequent films were co-productions with the UK and France, which introduced her to working in English and French. She was in the cast of the television series Queen of Swords (2000) as Señora Vera Hidalgo, trophy wife of Gaspar Hidalgo and mistress of Captain Grisham, credited in the opening titles but appearing in only 14 of the 22 episodes. She also had a recurring role in the television series Los Serrano, playing teacher Raquel, who fell in love with her student Marcos (Fran Perea).
Pataky has appeared in over 10 Spanish films and co-starred in the French film Iznogoud (2004). She was also on the cover of August 2006 issue of Maxim. She was cast in 2009 in the Mexican series Mujeres Asesinas as Paula Moncada in the episode "Ana y Paula, Ultrajadas". She also starred in the action noir film Give 'Em Hell, Malone and Dario Argento's Giallo. Pataky became the female face for the first collection of Time Force's jewelry line Ultimate Jewel, opposite soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. She played Officer Elena Neves in the movie Fast Five, with Dwayne Johnson as her partner. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011.
Personal life 
Pataky began dating American actor Adrien Brody in 2006. For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased her a 19th-century castle in New York state. Pataky and Brody were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008. The pair broke up in 2009, and Pataky subsequently dated French actor Olivier Martinez that year. She then began dating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in early 2010, after meeting through their mutual representatives. Pataky and Hemsworth married over the Christmas holidays in December 2010. They have one daughter, India Rose Hemsworth, born in May 2012 in London, England.
In September 2012 Pataky won 310,000€ in Spain's supreme court against publishing group Ediciones Zeta that owns Interviu magazine which published topless photos of Pataky, in March 2007, taken with a long lens while she was changing clothes when posing topless, but with her hands covering her breasts, for photographs that were to appear in Elle magazine. The Zeta group said it would appeal the decision.
|1997||Solo en la buhardilla||Chica revista||Short|
|1997||Al salir de clase||Raquel Alonso||TV series (192 episodes)|
|1998||Tio Willy||TV series (1 episode)|
|1998||La vida en el aire||TV series (13 episodes)|
|2000||The Art of Dying ||Candela|
|2000||Hospital Central||Maribel||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2000||Less Is More ||Diana|
|2000||Queen of Swords||Vera Hidalgo||TV series (14 episodes)|
|2001||Don't Tempt Me||Waitress in Hell|
|2001||Twelfth Night||Marta Cuspineda|
|2002||Clara||TV movie|
|2002||Peor imposible ¿qué puede fallar?||Fátima|
|2002||Paraíso||Luisa||TV series (1 episode: "El cebo")|
|2003||7 vidas||Cristina||TV series (1 episode: "La jaula de las locas")|
|2003||Beyond Re-Animator||Laura Olney|
|2003||Atraco a las 3... y media||Katya|
|2003||Los Serrano||Raquel Albaladejo||TV series (11 episodes)|
|2004||Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt||Barbara|
|2004||Tiovivo c. 1950||Balbina|
|2005||Arquitectura efímera deconstruida||Vídeo 'Retorciendo palabras'||Video|
|2005||Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale||Ekran||TV movie|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Maria|
|2007||Manuale d'amore 2||Cecilia|
|2008||Skate or Die||Dany|
|2009||Give 'Em Hell, Malone||Evelyn|
|2009||Mujeres asesinas||Paula Moncada||TV series (1 episode: Ana y Paula, ultrajadas)|
|2010||Mr. Nice||Ilza Kadegis|
|2010||Di Di Hollywood||Di Di|
|2011||La importancia de llamarse Enesto||Short|
|2011||Fast Five||Elena Neves|
|2011||Where the Road Meets the Sun||Michelle|
|2011||Snowflake, the White Gorilla / Copito de nieve||Bruja del Norte|
|2012||All Things to All Men||Sophia Peters|
|2012||The Wine of Summer||Veronica||Post-production|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Elena Neves|
- "Elsa Pataky". All Movie Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- Elsa Pataky Biography – Yahoo! Movies
- "Elsa Pataky VIDEO Interview". Vogue. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- "Universidad de San Pablo CEU Official site". Ceu.es. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- "Elsa Pataky Biografia / Official Website". Elsapataky.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- Fashion.bg (6 December 2011). "Elsa Pataki presented Time Force jewelry collection". bgfashion.net. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- Daily Mail Reporter (2008-10-07). "The 19th century New York castle romantic film star Adrien Brody bought his fairytale princess". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- Hello (2008-10-07). "Adrien and Spanish love Elsa share their 'dream castle' with HELLO!". Hello magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- Marcy (2009-05-16). "Adrien Brody’s Girlfriend leaves him for Olivier Martinez". Zimbio. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- Macaluso, Beth Anne (12 June 2012). "Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Gives Birth to Daughter India!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on November 17, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- Julie Jordan (2010-12-28). "Thor Star Chris Hemsworth Gets Married". People. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- Macaluso, Beth Anne. "Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Gives Birth to Daughter India!". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
- Daily Telegraph article  Retrieved 20 September 2012
- "Films". Elsa Pataky (official site). Retrieved June 13, 2012.
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