Ayelet Zurer (Hebrew: איילת זורר‎‎; born June 28, 1969) is an Israeli actress.[1] She was nominated for awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Israeli Academy Awards and the Israeli Television Academy Awards. She won Best Actress awards for her roles in the Israeli film Nina’s Tragedies and Betipul.


Ayelet Zurer was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her parents were Jewish immigrants to Tel Aviv, and her mother spent World War II hiding in a convent in Czechoslovakia.[2][3] After completing her military service in the Israel Defense Forces, Zurer moved to the United States to pursue a Hollywood career.[4]

Zurer lives in California.

Television career

Zurer with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline

Zurer moved back to Israel in 1991. In 1992, she starred in the television series Inyan Shel Zman, and in 1993, she played Debbie in the Israeli film Nikmato Shel Itzik Finkelstein. During this time she also participated in the cable television show Yetziat Hirum. In 1997, Zurer played the role of Shira Steinberg in the television show Florentin on the Israeli Channel 2. In 2000, Zurer participated in the Israeli television series Zinzana, and in 2002, she participated in the Israeli television series Shalva and Ha'Block.

In 2005, Zurer starred in the Israeli television series Betipul, a drama about a psychologist and his patients' therapy process. She plays Na'ama Lerner, a patient who starts a romance with the doctor (portrayed by Assi Dayan). The series won her a Best Actress award from the Israeli Television Academy and was remade as the award-winning HBO series In Treatment. The following year Zurer participated in an Israeli sketch comedy television show called Gomrot Holchot that deals with the world of young women; relationships, marriage, sex, and career. The show is based on the British sketch comedy show Smack the Pony.

Zurer stars in the 2015 Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil as Vanessa Marianna – the love interest of Wilson Fisk (played by Vincent D'Onofrio). The series is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in common with other films in this universe-based series.[5][6]

Film career

Zurer and Tom Hanks outside the Pantheon (Angels & Demons, 2008)

In 1998 she played the lead in the film Ahava Asura (aka The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field) starring Moshe Ivgy. In 2001, she starred in the movies Laila Lelo Lola and Kikar Ha'Halomot. In 2003, Zurer starred in Nina's Tragedies, portraying the title character, Nina, a young woman who has to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She won an Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress for this role.

Zurer appeared in Steven Spielberg's Munich, where she played Avner Kaufman's wife. She played a terrorist in the American thriller Vantage Point, appearing alongside Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, and Sigourney Weaver.[7] In 2007, Zurer starred in Fugitive Pieces, in which a troubled young Holocaust survivor falls in love with her character. She played a nurse who falls in love with the title character in Adam Resurrected (2008).

In April 2008, Zurer was cast as the female lead, Vittoria Vetra, in the The Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels & Demons,[8] Zurer's character is the research partner of a CERN physicist/Catholic priest who is murdered during the theft of a canister of unstable antimatter from their lab in Geneva. She is paired by the Vatican Police with Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks).

Zurer plays the lead role in Chris Eyre's 2011 film Hide Away (aka "A Year in Mooring"). The cast includes Josh Lucas.[9]

Zurer played Superman's mother, Lara Lor-Van, in the reboot of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel (2013).[10]

Theatre and modeling career

Zurer had appeared in Israeli plays such as Ha'Yoreshet, Madrich Nashim Le'Tohu Va'Vohu, Bigdei Ha'Melech, Bo'u Lo Nedaber Al Ze, Ohavim Et Ophal, and Monologim Me'Ha'Vaginah. In the United States, she has appeared in plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III.

Zurer has modelled for fashion companies such as Honigman and Golf.

Zurer has also illustrated the pictures for the 1999 fantasy book Badulina by Gabi Nitzan, an Israeli author.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Pour Sacha (aka For Sasha) Shoshana French Drama
1993 Nikmato Shel Itzik Finkelstein (aka The Revenge of Itzik Finkelstein) Debbie
1998 Ahava Asura (Forbidden Love, aka The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field) Lea
2001 Laila Lelo Lola (aka A Night Without Lola) Oshrit TV movie
2001 Kikar Ha'Halomot (aka Desperado Square) Gila (the waitress)
2003 Ha'Asonot Shel Nina (Nina's Tragedies) Nina
2003 Ish Ha'Hashmal (aka Rutenberg) Becki
2004 Maktub Michal TV movie
2004 Mashehu Matok (Something Sweet) Tamar
2005 Munich Daphna Kaufman
2007 Fugitive Pieces Michaela
2007 Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi (aka Wild Dogs) Telma
2008 Vantage Point Veronica
2008 Adam Resurrected Gina Grey
2009 Ingenious Gina
2009 Angels & Demons Vittoria Vetra
2011 Hide Away The Waitress
2012 Darling Companion Carmen
2012 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Colonel Mehaffey Web series
2013 Man of Steel Lara Lor-Van
2013 Shtisel Elisheva TV series
2013 Hostages Dr. Yael Danon TV series
2015 Last Knights Naomi
2015 Last Days in the Desert Mother
2015 Daredevil Vanessa Marianna Netflix series
2016 Ben-Hur Naomi[11] Filming


Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1997 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated Ahava Asura
2000 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Kikar Ha'Halomot
2001 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated Ish Ha'Hashmal
2003 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Actress Won Ha'Asonot Shel Nina
Jerusalem Film Festival Best Actress Won Ha'Asonot Shel Nina
2006 Israeli Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi
Israeli Television Academy Awards Best Actress Won Betipul
2013 Israeli Television Academy Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated Shtisel
Won Hostages


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0957909/awards
  2. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (3 April 2009). "Ayelet Zurer is an antihero for 'Angels & Demons'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (29 April 2009). "Illuminating Ayelet Zurer". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Anderman, Nirit (27 September 2011). "Ayelet Zurer to play Superman's mom in new film". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ayelet Zurer, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore & Vondie Curtis Hall Joins Marvel's Daredevil For Netflix". Marvel.com. October 11, 2014. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Siegel, Lucas (October 11, 2014). "NYCC 2014: Marvel's DAREDEVIL on Netflix Panel LIVE! Rosario Dawson is CLAIRE TEMPLE, More". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Burstein, Nathan (19 February 2009). "Hollywood Story: Israeli Lands (Another) Big Role". The Forward. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  8. ^ Sperling, Nicole (23 April 2008). "'Angels & Demons': Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer cast opposite Tom Hanks". Entertainment Weekly. 
  9. ^ New Hollywood film for Israeli actress (24 December 2009) in Israel 21c Innovation News Service Retrieved 5 January 2010
  10. ^ Ayelet Zurer Cast as Superman’s Mom in MAN OF STEEL (25 September 2011)] Retrieved 26 September 2011
  11. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (November 11, 2014). "'Man of Steel' Actress in Talks for 'Ben-Hur'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.