Elsa Pataky - Biography & Career
Elsa Pataky is one of the most exciting young actresses to burst onto the international scene. Elsa has appeared in over 10 Spanish films and most recently crossed over into the French market with her co-starring role in the box office hit, IZNOGOUD (2004). Elsa recently completed working in a supporting role in the New Line Cinema film SNAKES ON A PLANE starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by David Ellis. She is currently receiving rave reviews for her work in the Spanish film, NINETTE, helmed by Oscar winner Jose Luis Garci.
Elsa attended the Universidad de San Pablo were she studied journalism. During her free time Elsa enrolled in acting classes to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Eventually Elsa left school when she was cast in the television series УAl Salir de Clase.Ф This series was very successful and launched Elsa in the Spanish market.
With the success of УAl Salir de Clase,Ф Elsa was offered her first film, УEl Arte de Morir,Ф which became a huge box office hit in Spain. After УEl Arte de Morir,Ф Elsa went on to work in all genres: comedy, drama, action, and horror. Some of her films were co-productions with the UK and France which introduced her to working in English and French. Today, Elsa speaks four languages (Spanish, French, English and Romanian).
Elsa has studied with Angel Gutierrez and Paco Pino in Madrid and was a member of the theatre company, Teatro Camara de Angel Guitierrez, also in Madrid.
Elsa was born July 18 in Madrid, Spain to a Spanish father and a Romanian mother. Her father, Jose Francisco, is a chemist and her mother, Cristina, is a publicist.
In her free time Elsa enjoys rollerblading, snowboarding, and riding horses. She also enjoys reading and watching movies.