Elsa Lafuente Medianu
18 July 1976
|Alma mater||Universidad CEU San Pablo|
|Height||1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)|
Elsa Lafuente Medianu (pronounced [ˈelsa laˈfwente meˈðjanu]; born 18 July 1976), known professionally as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model and actress. Pataky is known for her role as Elena Neves in The Fast and the Furious franchise. She has appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane (2006), Giallo (2009) and Give 'Em Hell, Malone (2009). She also starred in the Spanish film Di Di Hollywood (2010).
Pataky was born Elsa Lafuente Medianu in Madrid, Spain, the daughter of José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist, and Cristina Medianu Pataky, a Romanian publicist. She has a younger half-brother: Cristian Prieto Medianu, a cinematographic director. She uses the surname Pataky in homage to her maternal grandmother: Rosa Pataky.
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 football star Cristiano Ronaldo. She played Officer Elena Neves in the movie Fast Five, with Dwayne Johnson as her partner, Luke Hobbs. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011. Pataky was a stand in for Natalie Portman in the post end credit scene in Thor: The Dark World.
Pataky reprised her role as Elena Neves in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017), respectively the sixth, seventh, and eighth installments of The Fast and the Furious film series.
She dated French actor Michaël Youn from 2004 to 2006.
She started dating American actor Adrien Brody in 2006. The pair broke up in 2009.
She started dating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in early 2010 after meeting through their mutual representatives. Pataky and Hemsworth married during the Christmas holidays in 2010. They have three children together: a daughter, India Rose, born in May 2012, and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, born in March 2014. In 2015, Pataky and Hemsworth moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay in his native Australia.
In September 2012, Pataky won €310,000 in Spain's Supreme Court against publishing group Ediciones Zeta. In March 2007, Interviu magazine, owned by the Zeta, published topless photos of Pataky that had been taken with a long lens while Pataky was changing clothes during a photoshoot for Elle magazine. The Zeta group said it would appeal against the decision.
|1997||Solo en la buhardilla||Chica revista||Short film|
|2000||The Art of Dying||Candela|||
|Less Is More||Diana|||
|2001||Don't Tempt Me||Waitress in Hell|
|Twelfth Night||Marta Cuspineda|||
|2002||Peor imposible ¿qué puede fallar?||Fátima|||
|2003||Beyond Re-Animator||Laura Olney|
|Atraco a las 3... y media||Katya|||
|2004||Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt||Barbara|
|Tiovivo c. 1950||Balbina|
|Arquitectura efímera deconstruida||Vídeo 'Retorciendo palabras'||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Maria|
|2007||Manual of Love 2||Cecilia|
|Skate or Die||Dany|
|Give 'Em Hell, Malone||Evelyn|
|2009||Shorts||Allie Hamilton (Spanish dub)|||
|2010||Mr. Nice||Ilza Kadegis|
|Di Di Hollywood||Di Di|
|2011||La importancia de llamarse Enesto||Short film|
|Fast Five||Elena Neves|
|Where the Road Meets the Sun||Michelle|||
|Snowflake, the White Gorilla||Bruja del Norte||aka Copito de nieve|
|2013||Thor: The Dark World||Double for Natalie Portman in the post-credits scene|
|All Things to All Men||Sophia Peters|
|Fast & Furious 6||Elena Neves|
|The Wine of Summer||Veronica||Also producer|
|2015||Furious 7||Elena Neves|
|2017||The Fate of the Furious||Elena Neves|||
|2018||12 Strong||Jean Nelson|
|1997||Al salir de clase||Raquel Alonso||192 episodes|
|1998||Tio Willy||1 episode|
|La vida en el aire||13 episodes|
|2000||Hospital Central||Maribel||2 episodes|
|Queen of Swords||Vera Hidalgo||14 episodes|
|Paraíso||Luisa||Episode: "El cebo"|
|2003||7 vidas||Cristina||Episode: "La jaula de las locas"|
|Los Serrano||Raquel Albaladejo||11 episodes|
|2005||Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale||Ekran||TV movie|
|2009||Mujeres asesinas||Paula Moncada||Episode: "Ana y Paula, ultrajadas"|
|2018||Tidelands||Adrielle Cuthbert||Main role|
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