Ayelet Zurer

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Ayelet Zurer
Ayelet .jpg
Zurer in 2020
Born (1969-06-28) 28 June 1969 (age 51)
Years active1992–present
Gilad Londovski
(m. 2003)

Ayelet Zurer (Hebrew: איילת זורר‎; born (1969-06-28)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.

Early life[edit]

Zurer on the set of Nina's Tragedies in 2002

Ayelet Zurer was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Her mother was born in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Israel at 16 years old. Her mother was saved during The Holocaust by hiding in a convent in Slovakia.[2][3] Her Israeli-born father was of Russian-Jewish descent.[4] She has described her parents as "working-class people".[4]

During her service in the Israel Defense Forces, Zurer was a soldier in the military band of the Northern Command.

After finishing her service, Zurer studied acting for three years in Yoram Levinstein Academy. She moved to the United States and studied with George Morison at the Actor's 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.[5]



Zurer with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline in 2012

In 1991, after her studies in the US, Zurer moved back to Israel. In 1992, she starred in the television series Inyan Shel Zman, and in 1993, she played Debbie in the Israeli comedy 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 Israeli Channel 2. Several Israeli television series followed: in 2000, Zinzana, and in 2002, Shalva and Ha'Block.

In 2005, she starred in another 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. 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. The series was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[6][7] Zurer reprised her role in the third season (2018) of Daredevil.


Zurer and Tom Hanks outside the Pantheon in Rome in the 2008 film Angels & Demons

In 1998 she played the lead in the film Ahava Asura (a.k.a. The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field). 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 Munich (2005), where she played Avner Kaufman's wife. She played a terrorist in the American thriller Vantage Point.[8] 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,[9]

Zurer plays the lead role in the 2011 film Hide Away (a.k.a. "A Year in Mooring").[10]

Zurer played Superman's mother, Lara Lor-Van, in the reboot of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel (2013).[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, she married her Israeli former surf instructor Gilad Londovski. She has a son. They reside in Los Angeles.



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
1997 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 Ish Ha'Hashmal (a.k.a. Rutenberg) Becki
Ha'Asonot Shel Nina (Nina's Tragedies) Nina
2004 Mashehu Matok (Something Sweet) Tamar
2005 Munich Daphna Kaufman
2007 Fugitive Pieces Michaela
Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi (a.k.a. Wild Dogs) Telma
2008 Vantage Point Veronica
Adam Resurrected Gina Grey
2009 Ingenious Gina
Angels & Demons Vittoria Vetra
2011 Hide Away The Waitress
2012 Darling Companion Carmen
2013 Man of Steel Lara Lor-Van
2015 Last Days in the Desert Mother
Last Knights Naomi
2016 Ben-Hur Naomi Ben-Hur
2017 Milada 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 Awake Alina Ananyev Episode: "Nightswimming"
2012 Touch Rosemary Mathis Episode: "Closer"
2012 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Colonel Mehaffey Web series
2013 Shtisel Elisheva Season 1
Hostages Dr. Yael Danon
2014 Rake Fiona Rinaldi Episode: "Bigamist"
2015; 2018 Daredevil Vanessa Marianna
2017 Taken Leah Episode: "Leah"
2017 Transparent Ronit Episode: "I Never Promised You a Promised Land"
2019 Legacies Seylah Episode: "Maybe I Should Start From The End"
2019 Money Heist Raquel Murillo 2nd English dub
2020 Losing Alice Alice[12] eight-episode series


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. ^ "Ayelet Zurer". IMDb.
  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. Los Angeles. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b L'Chayim: Ayelet Zurer.
  5. ^ Anderman, Nirit (27 September 2011). "Ayelet Zurer to play Superman's mom in new film". Haaretz. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Burstein, Nathan (19 February 2009). "Hollywood Story: Israeli Lands (Another) Big Role". The Forward. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Israel21c Staff writers (24 December 2009). "New Hollywood film for Israeli actress". Israel21c. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Ayelet Zurer Cast as Superman's Mom in Man of Steel". Collider. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Losing Alice". Jerusalem Film Festival. Retrieved 6 August 2020.

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