Elsa Pataky Biography (1976-)

’s success in her home country of Spain is bordering on a phenomenon with roles in over eighteen films, three television series national endorsements and celebrity appearances.

Her title role in NINETTE helmed by Oscar winner José Luis Garci, brought her unanimous critical acclaim and firmly established Elsa as a much sought after leading lady.

Elsa attended the University of San Pablo where she studied Journalism during her free time, Elsa enrolled in acting classes to pursue her dream to become an .

Eventually she left school in the last year, when she was cast in the television series  « Al salir de clase »  the series was a success and with it,  launched Elsa in the Spanish market.

Elsa’s first film, El arte de morir, was a box office hit in Spain. She went on to work consistently in a wide range of films and genres from comedy, action, drama and thriller.  Each film brought her challenges of language such as her co-staring role in the French box office hit IZNOGOOD (2005) and her co-staring role in MANUALES D’AMORE 2 (2007) which had the second biggest office opening weekend ever in Italy.

In 2006, Elsa launched her U.S career in a supporting role in the New Line Cinema film SNAKES ON A PLANE starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by David Ellis.

By 2008, Elsa wrapped another French movie, SKATE OR DIE, directed by Miguel Courtois (Gal, El Lobo).

Consistent with her strong international appeal, Elsa speaks five languages (Spanish, French, English, Italian and Romanian).

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