Elsa Pataky

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Elsa Pataky
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Pataky at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
BornElsa Lafuente Medianu
(1976-07-18) 18 July 1976 (age 38)
Madrid, Spain
EthnicitySpanish, Romanian, Hungarian
OccupationModel, actress, film producer
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Spouse(s)Chris Hemsworth (m. 2010)
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Elsa Pataky
Elsa Pataky Cannes cropped.jpg
Pataky at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
BornElsa Lafuente Medianu
(1976-07-18) 18 July 1976 (age 38)
Madrid, Spain
EthnicitySpanish, Romanian, Hungarian
OccupationModel, actress, film producer
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Spouse(s)Chris Hemsworth (m. 2010)

Elsa Lafuente Medianu (born 18 July 1976),[1] known professionally as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model, actress, and film producer. Pataky is best known for her role as Elena Neves in Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). She has also 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 in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Elsa Pataky was born in Madrid, Spain,[1] the daughter of José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist, and Cristina Pataky Medianu, a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry.[2][3] Pataky attended the CEU San Pablo University,[4] 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.[2] 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.[5] 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.[6] Pataky was a stand in for Natalie Portman in the post end credit scene in Thor: The Dark World.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Pataky began dating American actor Adrien Brody in 2006.[8] For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased her a 19th-century estate in New York. Pataky and Brody were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008.[9] The pair broke up in 2009, and Pataky subsequently dated French actor Olivier Martinez that year.[10]

She then began dating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in early 2010, after meeting through their mutual representatives.[11] Pataky and Hemsworth married over the Christmas holidays in 2010.[12] They have three children: daughter India Rose (b. May 2012)[13] and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha (b. March 2014).[14][15]

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 topless photoshoot (with her hands covering her breasts) for Elle magazine. The Zeta group said it would appeal the decision.[16]

In addition to Spanish, she is fluent in English, Romanian, Italian, and French.[17]



Pataky at a presentation for Time Force watches in December 2007
1997Solo en la buhardillaChica revistaShort
2000The Art of Dying [18]Candela
2000Less Is More [18]Diana
2001Don't Tempt MeWaitress in Hell
2001Twelfth Night[18]Marta Cuspineda
2002Peor imposible ¿qué puede fallar?[18]Fátima
2003Beyond Re-AnimatorLaura Olney
2003El furgón[18]Nina
2003Atraco a las 3... y media[18]Katya
2004Romasanta: The Werewolf HuntBarbara
2004Tiovivo c. 1950Balbina
2005Arquitectura efímera deconstruidaVídeo 'Retorciendo palabras'Video
2005NinetteAlajandra 'Ninette'
2006Snakes on a PlaneMaria
2007Manual of Love 2Cecilia
2008Máncora[18]Ximena Saavedra
2008Skate or DieDany
2008Santos[18]Laura Luna
2009Give 'Em Hell, MaloneEvelyn
2010Mr. NiceIlza Kadegis
2010Di Di HollywoodDi Di
2011La importancia de llamarse EnestoShort
2011Fast FiveElena Neves
2011Where the Road Meets the Sun[19]Michelle
2011Snowflake, the White Gorilla[18]Bruja del Norteaka Copito de nieve
2012All Things to All MenSophia Peters
2013The Wine of SummerVeronicaAlso producer
2013Fast & Furious 6Elena Neves
2014Ra.UnoSoniaSpanish European voice-dub
2015Furious 7Elena Neves


1997Al salir de claseRaquel Alonso192 Episodes
1998Tio Willy1 Episode
1998La vida en el aire13 Episodes
2000Hospital CentralMaribel2 Episodes
2000Queen of SwordsVera Hidalgo14 Episodes
2002ClaraTV movie
2002ParaísoLuisa1 Episode: "El cebo"
20037 vidasCristina1 Episode: "La jaula de las locas"
2003Los SerranoRaquel Albaladejo11 Episodes
2005Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale[20]EkranTV movie
2009Mujeres asesinasPaula Moncada1 Episode: "Ana y Paula, ultrajadas"


  1. ^ a b "Elsa Pataky". All Movie Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b Elsa Pataky Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ "Elsa Pataky VIDEO Interview". Vogue. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Universidad de San Pablo CEU Official site". Ceu.es. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ Fashion.bg (6 December 2011). "Elsa Pataki presented Time Force jewelry collection". bgfashion.net. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Natalie Portman: Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Was My Stand-In For Kissing Scene in Thor: The Dark World
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Hello (2008-10-07). "Adrien and Spanish love Elsa share their 'dream castle' with HELLO!". Hello magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  10. ^ Marcy (2009-05-16). "Adrien Brody’s Girlfriend leaves him for Olivier Martinez". Zimbio. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  11. ^ Macaluso, Beth Anne (12 June 2012). "Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Gives Birth to Daughter India!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Julie Jordan (2010-12-28). "Thor Star Chris Hemsworth Gets Married". People. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  13. ^ Macaluso, Beth Anne. "Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Gives Birth to Daughter India!". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  14. ^ Pataky, Elsa. "Cómo he preparado la llegada de los bebés" (in Spanish). Glamour. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Nudd, Tim; Jordan, Julie (21 March 2014). "Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky Welcome Twin Sons". People. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Fiona Govan (18 September 2012). "Spanish actress Elsa Pataky wins topless photo case". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Elsa Pataky Biografia / Official Website". Elsapataky.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Films". Elsa Pataky (official site). Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Paths That Cross in Los Angeles". New York Times. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Christmas Tale (2005) – Film Reel Reviews". wordpress.com. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 

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