Gal Gadot (born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. As an actress, Gadot is known for her role, which began in 2009, as Gisele in The Fast and the Furious film series. From 2016 onwards, Gadot plays the role of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In previous years she had been among the top ten highest earning fashion models in Israel alongside Esti Ginzburg, Liraz Dror and Shlomit Malka, and falling behind only to Bar Refaeli. She is the face of Gucci’s Bamboo perfume.
Gadot was born and raised in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. In Hebrew, her first name means “wave” and her surname means “riverbanks” or “shores”. Her parents had Hebraized their surname from “Greenstein” to “Gadot”. Her father is an engineer and her mother is a teacher. Her parents were born in Israel and her grandparents were immigrants from Europe (she has described her family background as “1/4 Polish Jewish, 1/4 Austrian Jewish, 1/4 German Jewish, and 1/4 Czech Jewish”). Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a “very Jewish, Israeli family environment”, and has a “strong sense of her Jewish and Israeli identity”.
Gadot had originally planned to become a lawyer. However, at the age of 18, she won the 2004 Miss Israel competition and then travelled to Ecuador to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Around that time Gadot joined the Israeli Army where she completed two years of military service.
After leaving the army, Gadot started at university, studying law. After finishing her first year at university, a casting director who saw her card called her to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace. She failed to win the part which went instead to Olga Kurylenko (who would years later also compete with Gadot in the audition for the part of Wonder Woman). As a result of the audition for Quantum of Solace, the casting director instead hired Gadot for the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious.