Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky

Birth name: Elsa Lafuente Medianu
Born: July 18, 1976
Age: 47
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Elsa Lafuente Medianu (born 18 July 1976), 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), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015). 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 in 2010.


Early life

Elsa Pataky was born in Madrid, Spain, the daughter of José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist, and Cristina Pataky Medianu, a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry. Pataky attended the CEU San Pablo University, 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. 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. 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.

In 2013 and 2015, she reprised her role as Elena Neves in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, the sixth and seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious film series.

Personal life

Pataky began dating American actor Adrien Brody in 2006. 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. The pair broke up in 2009.

She then began dating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in early 2010, after meeting through their mutual representatives. Pataky and Hemsworth married over the Christmas holidays in 2010. They have three children: daughter India Rose (born May 11, 2012) and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha (born March 18, 2014).

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 the decision.

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



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Solo en la buhardilla Chica revista Short
2000 The Art of Dying Candela
2000 Tatawo Blanqui
2000 Less Is More Diana
2001 Don't Tempt Me Waitress in Hell
2001 Twelfth Night Marta Cuspineda
2002 Peor imposible ¿qué puede fallar? Fátima
2003 Beyond Re-Animator Laura Olney
2003 El furgón Nina
2003 Atraco a las 3... y media Katya
2004 Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt Barbara
2004 Tiovivo c. 1950 Balbina
2005 Iznogoud Prehti-Ouhman
2005 Arquitectura efímera deconstruida Vídeo 'Retorciendo palabras' Video
2005 Ninette Alajandra 'Ninette'
2006 Snakes on a Plane Maria
2007 Manual of Love 2 Cecilia
2008 Máncora Ximena Saavedra
2008 Skate or Die Dany
2008 Santos Laura Luna
2009 Giallo Celine
2009 Give 'Em Hell, Malone Evelyn
2010 Mr. Nice Ilza Kadegis
2010 Di Di Hollywood Di Di
2011 La importancia de llamarse Enesto Short
2011 Fast Five Elena Neves
2011 Where the Road Meets the Sun Michelle
2011 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Bruja del Norte aka Copito de nieve
2013 All Things to All Men Sophia Peters
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Elena Neves
2013 The Wine of Summer Veronica Also producer
2013 Thor: The Dark World Jane Foster Uncredited; stood in for Natalie Portman
2015 Furious 7 Elena Neves
2017 Fast 8 Elena Neves


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Al salir de clase Raquel Alonso 192 Episodes
1998 Tio Willy 1 Episode
1998 La vida en el aire 13 Episodes
2000 Hospital Central Maribel 2 Episodes
2000 Queen of Swords Vera Hidalgo 14 Episodes
2002 Clara TV movie
2002 Paraíso Luisa 1 Episode: "El cebo"
2003 7 vidas Cristina 1 Episode: "La jaula de las locas"
2003 Los Serrano Raquel Albaladejo 11 Episodes
2005 Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale Ekran TV movie
2009 Mujeres asesinas Paula Moncada 1 Episode: "Ana y Paula, ultrajadas"

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