Ayelet Zurer

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Ayelet Zurer
איילת זורר.png
Zurer in 2003
Born (1969-06-28) 28 June 1969 (age 49)
Tel Aviv, Israel
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, USA
Years active1992–present
Gilad Londovski
(m. 2003)

Ayelet Zurer (Hebrew: איילת זורר‎; born 28 June 1969) is an Israeli actress.[1] She was nominated for awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Israeli Academy Awards and the Israeli Television Academy Awards. She won Best Actress awards for her roles in the Israeli film Nina's Tragedies and Betipul.


Ayelet Zurer was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, to a Jewish family. Her mother was born in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Israel at 16 years old. Her mother was saved during World War II by hiding in a convent in Slovakia.[2][3] During her military service in the Israel Defense Forces, Zurer was a member of a military band under the IDF's Northern Command.

After finishing her service, Zurer studied acting for three years in Yoram Levinsteun Academy. She moved to the United States and studied with George Morison at the Actors Workshop in New York City. She was invited to play the lead in Florentine, one of Israel's iconic television shows. She returned to Israel, developed a career on stage, in films, and in television and became one of Israel's most acclaimed actresses. In 2004 when Ayelet was cast in Steven Spielberg's Munich, she moved with her family to California where she resides today.[4]

Television career[edit]

Zurer with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline in 2012

Zurer moved back to Israel in 1991. In 1992, she starred in the television series Inyan Shel Zman, and in 1993, she played Debbie in the Israeli film Nikmato Shel Itzik Finkelstein (Revenge of Itzik Finkelstein). During this time she also participated in the cable television show Yetziat Hirum. In 1997, Zurer played the role of Shira Steinberg in the television show Florentin on the Israeli Channel 2. In 2000, Zurer participated in the Israeli television series Zinzana, and in 2002, she participated in the Israeli television series Shalva and Ha'Block.

In 2005, Zurer starred in the Israeli television series Betipul, a drama about a psychologist and his patients' therapy process. She plays Na'ama Lerner, a patient who starts a romance with the doctor (portrayed by Assi Dayan). The series won her a Best Actress award from the Israeli Television Academy and was remade as the HBO series In Treatment. The following year Zurer participated in an Israeli sketch comedy television show called Gomrot Holchot that deals with the world of young women; relationships, marriage, sex, and career. The show is based on the British sketch comedy show Smack the Pony.

In 2015, Zurer starred in Daredevil as Vanessa Marianna, an art gallery owner who enters into a courtship with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio). The series is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in common with other films in this universe-based series.[5][6] Zurer would later reprise her role as Vanessa for the show's third season, which was released in 2018.

Film career[edit]

Zurer and Tom Hanks outside the Pantheon (Angels & Demons, 2008)

In 1998 she played the lead in the film Ahava Asura (a.k.a. The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field) starring Moshe Ivgy. In 2001, she starred in the movies Laila Lelo Lola and Kikar Ha'Halomot. In 2003, Zurer starred in Nina's Tragedies, portraying the title character, Nina, a young woman who has to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She won an Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress for this role.

Zurer appeared in Steven Spielberg's Munich, where she played Avner Kaufman's wife. She played a terrorist in the American thriller Vantage Point, appearing alongside Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, and Sigourney Weaver.[7] In 2007, Zurer starred in Fugitive Pieces, in which a troubled young Holocaust survivor falls in love with her character. She played a nurse who falls in love with the title character in Adam Resurrected (2008).

In April 2008, Zurer was cast as the female lead, Vittoria Vetra, in The Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels & Demons,[8] Zurer's character is the research partner of a CERN physicist/Catholic priest who is murdered during the theft of a canister of unstable antimatter from their lab in Geneva. She is paired by the Vatican Police with Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks).

Zurer plays the lead role in Chris Eyre's 2011 film Hide Away (a.k.a. "A Year in Mooring"). The cast includes Josh Lucas.[9]

Zurer played Superman's mother, Lara Lor-Van, in the reboot of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel (2013).[10]

Theatre and modeling career[edit]

Zurer had appeared in Israeli comedies such as Ha'Yoreshet, woman guide to cause" by Synthia Hamel, King's new cloths, let's not talk about it, everybody loves Opall, and Monologim Me'Ha'Vaginah. In the United States, she has appeared in plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III

Zurer has a representor for fashion companies such as Golbary, Mashbir, Golf.

Zurer has also illustrated the pictures for the best seller fantasy book Badulina by Gabi Nitzan, an Israeli author. And edited and illustrated "shorties" "kzarzarim" by Paulo Cahalu.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Pour Sacha (a.k.a. For Sasha) Shoshana French Drama
1993 Revenge of Itzik Finkelstein (a.k.a. Nikmato Shel Itzik Finkelstein) Debbie
1998 Ahava Asura (Forbidden Love, a.k.a. The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field) Lea
2001 Kikar Ha'Halomot (a.k.a. Desperado Square) Gila (the waitress)
2003 Ha'Asonot Shel Nina (Nina's Tragedies) Nina
2003 Ish Ha'Hashmal (a.k.a. Rutenberg) Becki
2004 Mashehu Matok (Something Sweet) Tamar
2005 Munich Daphna Kaufman
2007 Fugitive Pieces Michaela
2007 Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi (a.k.a. Wild Dogs) Telma
2008 Vantage Point Veronica
2008 Adam Resurrected Gina Grey
2009 Ingenious Gina
2009 Angels & Demons Vittoria Vetra
2011 Hide Away The Waitress
2012 Darling Companion Carmen
2013 Man of Steel Lara Lor-Van
2015 Last Knights Naomi
2015 Last Days in the Desert Mother
2016 Ben-Hur Naomi[11]
2017 Milada[12] Milada Horáková


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Inyan Shel Zman (a.k.a. A Matter of Time) Noga Caspi
1997 Florentine Shira
1999 Zinzana Hanita Rozen 'Georgi'
2001 Laila Lelo Lola (a.k.a. A Night Without Lola) Oshrit TV movie
2004 Maktub Michal TV movie
2005 BeTipul (a.k.a. In Therapy) Na'ama Lerner
2012 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Colonel Mehaffey Web series
2013 Shtisel Elisheva Season 1
2013 Hostages Dr. Yael Danon
2015, 2018 Daredevil Vanessa Marianna Netflix series
2017 Transparent Ronit Episode: "I Never Promised You a Promised Land"


Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1997 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated Ahava Asura
2000 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Kikar Ha'Halomot
2001 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated Ish Ha'Hashmal
2003 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Actress Won Ha'Asonot Shel Nina
Jerusalem Film Festival Best Actress Won Ha'Asonot Shel Nina
2006 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi
Israeli Television Academy Awards Best Actress Won Betipul
2013 Israeli Television Academy Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated Shtisel
Won Hostages

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0957909/awards
  2. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (3 April 2009). "Ayelet Zurer is an antihero for 'Angels & Demons'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (29 April 2009). "Illuminating Ayelet Zurer". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  4. ^ Anderman, Nirit (27 September 2011). "Ayelet Zurer to play Superman's mom in new film". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Ayelet Zurer, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore & Vondie Curtis Hall Joins Marvel's Daredevil For Netflix". Marvel.com. 11 October 2014. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  6. ^ Siegel, Lucas (11 October 2014). "NYCC 2014: Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix Panel Live! Rosario Dawson is Claire Temple, More". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  7. ^ Burstein, Nathan (19 February 2009). "Hollywood Story: Israeli Lands (Another) Big Role". The Forward. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  8. ^ Sperling, Nicole (23 April 2008). "'Angels & Demons': Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer cast opposite Tom Hanks". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008.
  9. ^ New Hollywood film for Israeli actress (24 December 2009) in Israel 21c Innovation News Service Retrieved 5 January 2010
  10. ^ Ayelet Zurer Cast as Superman’s Mom in Man of Steel (25 September 2011) Retrieved 26 September 2011
  11. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (11 November 2014). "'Man of Steel' Actress in Talks for 'Ben-Hur'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  12. ^ Milada (2017)

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