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Gal Gadot
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Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con promoting Wonder Woman
Born (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 31)
Rosh HaAyin, Israel
  • Actress
  • Model
Years active 2004–present
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Yaron Varsano (m. 2008)
Children Alma (2011)

Gal Gadot-Varsano (/ˈɡæl ɡəˈdt/ GAL gə-DOHT;[2] Hebrew: גל גדות‎‎, pronounced [ˈgal gaˈdot]; born 30 April 1985)[3] is an Israeli actress and model. As an actress, Gadot is known for her role as Gisele Yashar in The Fast and the Furious film series. In 2016, Gadot began playing the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and continuing as the lead in Wonder Woman (2017).[4][5] She is a former Israel Defense Forces trainer and served in the Israeli army for two years.

In past years, she has been ranked as one of the highest earning models in Israel, behind Bar Refaeli.[6] She is the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume.[7]

Early life[edit]

Gadot was born and raised in Rosh HaAyin, Israel.[8] In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks".[9] She is the daughter of Irit (née Weiss), a teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer. Her parents were both born in Israel, and they had Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein" to "Gadot".[10] Her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.[11][12] Her ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish.[13] Her high school major was biology. She says that in high school she was successful at basketball due to her height.[1] After high school, she started studying law twice at the Reichman Law School, at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.[1]

Military service[edit]

From the age of 20, Gadot served for two years as an enlisted soldier of the Israel Defense Forces. There, she excelled in a grueling three-month boot camp that prepared her to serve as a combat trainer.[14] Gadot was criticized for being "Zionist" on Twitter, in reaction to her military service.[15] She says of her time in the army: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You give your freedom away for a while. You learn discipline and respect. The things I've been through as a soldier prepared me to deal with career things as well".[14][16]


Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Justice League

At the age of 18, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel competition, and next competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador. Following her participation in the competitions, she joined the Israeli Army where, as a citizen of Israel, she completed her two years of mandatory military service.[17]

After leaving the army, Gadot studied law. It was when she had completed her first year of school that a casting director called her to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace. Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, the same casting director hired Gadot for the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious. Gadot said, "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."[18] Gadot performed her own stunts in the Fast & Furious films.[19]

In 2007, the 21-year-old Gadot took a part in the Maxim photo shoot "Women of the Israeli Army", and as a result she was featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world", behind model Bar Refaeli and actress Eva Green.[20] In 2014, Gadot was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Odeya Rush, listed as an upcoming leading lady by InStyle magazine.[21]


She has led international campaigns for Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and advertised Jaguar Cars. She is the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand,[7] of Huawei smartphones, and of Miss Sixty. She has 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 2008–2016.[22] In 2013, her annual modelling salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million, which was ahead of a number of other famous Israeli models such as Esti Ginzburg and Shlomit Malka, although significantly behind Bar Refaeli.[23]


In 2008, Gadot starred in the Israeli drama Bubot. She appeared as Gisele in Fast & Furious, the fourth film in The Fast & the Furious franchise, having won the role over six other actresses.[24][25] In 2010, she had a small role in the action-adventure Knight and Day.[26] Earlier that year, she appeared in the film Date Night as Natanya, the girlfriend of Mark Wahlberg's character. 2011 brought her back to The Fast & the Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five. In 2013, Gadot played Gisele again in Fast & Furious 6.

Gadot played Wonder Woman in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and is signed for two future sequels which include the Justice League and a solo Wonder Woman film.[27][28][29] Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role.[30] Gadot's performance as the superhero, which is the first time for the character on film, was hailed as one of the best parts of the film.[31]

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.[32] Later that year, she co-starred in the thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character,[33] alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones;[34] Costner has said that the day he and Gadot met, they filmed a scene in which he was to tie her up and wrap her mouth with tape as a gag.[35] Her final film of 2016 was the comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Isla Fisher and Jon Hamm.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron Varsano on 28 September 2008.[37] The couple owned a luxury hotel in the Neve Tzedek district of Tel Aviv, which they sold to Roman Abramovich in 2015 for $26 million.[38] The couple have a daughter, born in 2011.[39][40] In November 2016, Gadot announced she and Varsano are expecting their second child.[41][42]

She is a motorcycle rider and owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R.[43]

In 2016, Wonder Woman played by Gadot (along with Lynda Carter) was named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women & Girls by the United Nations. Subsequently, Gadot was invited to give a speech at the UN in New York City.[44]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Fast & Furious Gisele Yashar
2010 Date Night Natanya
Knight and Day Naomi
2011 Fast Five Gisele Yashar
2013 Fast & Furious 6
2014 Kicking Out Shoshana Mirit Ben Harush Israeli film
2015 Furious 7 Gisele Yashar Credited only and appears only in a deleted scene[45]
2016 Triple 9 Elena Vlaslov
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Criminal Jill Pope
Keeping Up with the Joneses Natalie Jones
2017 Wonder Woman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Post-production
Justice League


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bubot Miriam "Merry" Elkayam Israeli series
2009 Entourage Lisa Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2009 The Beautiful Life Olivia 3 episodes
2011 Asfur Kika Israeli series. Season 2.
2012 Kathmandu Yamit Bareli Israeli series


Year Title Status Notes
2004 Miss Israel 2004 Winner N/A
2004 Miss Universe 2004 Miss Israel Participant

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Nominated [46]
Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Nominated [46]
2016 Chinese American Film Festival Most Popular US Actress in China Fast & Furious, Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman Won [47]
2016 Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Nominated [48]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Sivan Kadmi (1 April 2010). "גל גדות" [Gal Gadot] (in Hebrew). Ynet. 
  2. ^ Shacham, Amos (24 April 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Miss Israel Gal Gadot in New York". YouTube. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gal Gadot". Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (4 December 2013). "Emerging Star Gal Gadot Set For Wonder Woman In 'Batman Vs. Superman'". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in 'Batman vs. Superman'". Variety. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ הדוגמניות המרוויחות ביותר בישראל Forbes Israel, June 2013
  7. ^ a b Romeyn, Kathryn (9 July 2015). "Wonder Woman Gal Gadot is the Face of Gucci's New Fragrance". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ "Chatting With 'Fast Five' Star Gal Gadot". The Forward. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Halutz, Avshalom (6 December 2013). "Who is Gal Gadot, Hollywood's next Wonder Woman?". Haaretz. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Gadot's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 15 March 2016.
  11. ^ "יום השואה: מפורסמים משתפים בזכרון אישי – וואלה! סלבס". 
  12. ^ "מס' 16: גל גדות". Ynet. 9 February 2004. 
  13. ^ "Entertainment | Features And Reviews". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Gal Gadot Is Wonder Woman: "She Is Not Relying on a Man, and She's Not There Because of a Love Story" By Glamour
  15. ^ JTA. "'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot Attacked for Being 'Zionist' on Twitter". Haaretz. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  16. ^ "סופר־גירל – ידיעות אחרונות". 22 March 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  17. ^ Jennifer Cox. "Upclose with Gal Gadot". Urban Male Magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Chatting With 'Fast Five' Star Gal Gadot By Curt Schleier, 2 May 2011
  19. ^ Wilson, Simone (4 December 2013). "Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman: Israeli badass takes on the boys in 'Batman vs. Superman'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
  20. ^ Ashley Baylen (12 April 2012). "Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women (10–1) – Page2". Shalom Life. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Berger, Elia (8 June 2014), Israel's Gal Gadot and Odeya Rush get noticed as Hollywood's newest leading ladies, The Jerusalem Post
  22. ^ "Israeli Fashion Retailer Torn Between Daring Spirit and Need to Please the Masses". Haaretz. 
  23. ^ הדוגמניות המרוויחות ביותר בישראל Forbes Israel, June 2013
  24. ^ "IGN: New Furious Babe". IGN. Newscorp. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "Gal Gadot: Too fast too furious?". Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  26. ^ "JUF : Teens : Celebrities : Gal Gadot". JUF. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman: Comics world reacts on Twitter". Los Angeles Times. 5 December 2013. 
  28. ^ Begley, Chris. "Gal Gadot signed a 3 movie deal as Wonder Woman (video)". Batman News. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  29. ^ Kroll, Justin. "'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot Signs Three-Picture Deal with Warner Bros.". Variety. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  30. ^ Doran, Michael (27 December 2013). "Gal Gadot Responds To Being 'Too Skinny' for Wonder Woman". Newsarama. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  31. ^ Russell, Scarlett (27 March 2016). "Wonder Woman reborn: how she stole limelight from Batman and Superman". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  32. ^ Flemming Jr., Mike (5 February 2014). "Open Road Acquires Domestic On 'Triple Nine;' Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Michael Pena Join Killer Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  33. ^ Kit, Borys (12 August 2014). "Wonder Woman Actress Gal Gadot Joins Kevin Costner in 'Criminal'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  34. ^ "Criminal (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  35. ^ "'Criminal' Kevin Costner Tied Up Gal Gadot the Day He Met Her". Moviefone. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  36. ^ "On the Set for 4/20/15: Michael Bay Starts TMNT Sequel, Gal Gadot Begins Keeping Up With the Joneses, Natalie Dormer Wraps Shooting on Patient Zero". 20 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  37. ^ "Yaron Varsano- Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot's Husband.". December 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  38. ^ Shlomit Tsur (13 April 2015). "Roman Abramovich buys Tel Aviv hotel" Archived 10 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Globes
  39. ^ Editors 2:36 pm PDT, 26 July 2016 (26 July 2016). "Gal Gadot daughter Alma Varsano – Gal Gadot Wonder Woman things to know | Gallery". Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  40. ^ "Wonder Woman Gal Gadot: My Daughter Made Me Appreciate the Importance of Female Superheroes". The Hollywood Reporter. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  41. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (6 November 2016). "Gal Gadot Has Perfect Pregnancy Announcement". USA Today. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  42. ^ Bakkila, Blake (6 November 2016). "Gal Gadot Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2". People. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  43. ^ Denham, Jess (5 December 2013). "Profile: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot is a model, army girl and Fast & Furious star". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  44. ^ Jon Negroni. "The U.N. Will Name Wonder Woman An Honorary Ambassador". Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  45. ^ "Watch a Furious 7 Deleted Scene With Letty and Gisele". /Film. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  46. ^ a b "Teen Choice Awards 2016—Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E!. 9 June 2016. 
  47. ^ Monetti, Sandro (4 November 2016). "Blunder Woman? Gal Gadot Gets Wrong Gong – Entity". Entity. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  48. ^ "Best Actress – 'La La Land,' 'Arrival,' 'Moonlight' Top Critics' Choice Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 

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