Gal Gadot

by follers on December 4, 2013


Place of Birth: Petah Tikva, Israel

Date of Birth: April 30, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model. She was Miss Israel 2004. Gal is known for co-starring in the Fast and Furious films, and playing Wonder Woman in the DC Cinematic Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Gal was born to a Jewish family in Israel. Her father is a sixth-generation Israeli. Her family were Jewish emigrants from Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Ukraine. Gal is married to Israeli businessperson Yaron Varsano, with whom she has two children. Yaron has Turkish Jewish ancestry.

In Hebrew, Gal means “wave” and Gadot means “riverbank” or “shore”. Her family’s surname used to be Greenstein.

Gal’s paternal grandfather was Arye Zeev Greenstein (the son of Michael Greenstein and Shulamit Notkin). Arye was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Michael was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, the son of Wolf Leib Grinstein, who was born in Russia, and of Sara Goldberg. Gal’s great-grandmother Shulamit was born in Jerusalem, Israel, where many generations of her family had been born, and was the daughter of Natan Neta Natkin and Hana Lea/Leah Michlin. Gal’s great-great-grandfather Natan, whose family was from Jerusalem, had ancestors from Belarus and Lithuania, including evident descent from Talmudist Yisroel ben Shmuel of Shklov (1770-1839), who was born in Shklov, Lithuania. Gal’s great-great-grandmother Hana was born in Jerusalem, to a father from Khislavichi, Russia, and a mother who was born in Jerusalem, to a father from Yassvein, Lithuania, and a mother from Jerusalem, who had ancestors in Lithuania and Belarus.

Gal’s paternal grandmother was Miriam Glicksman (the daughter of Samuel Glicksman). Miriam was evidently born in Austria.

Gal’s maternal grandfather was Abraham Weiss (the son of Zeev Weiss and Yehudit Yakubovitz). Abraham was born in Mukacheve, Zakarpats’ka oblast, Ukraine, and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. He lost most his family in the Holocaust. Gal discusses her grandfather, along with a picture, at this link, and at this one. Gal’s great-grandfather Zeev was the son of Yakov Weiss and Tzipora Klein.

Gal’s maternal grandmother was Rachel Yehudit Kaufman (the daughter of Isaac Kaufman/Koffman and Tzarka).

Sources: Information about Gal’s background –

Genealogy of Gal Gadot –

Gal Gadot

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neiltennant May 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm

the name GADOT is also French


she looks Sephardic ! could easily pass for Moroccan

Girll May 11, 2018 at 10:06 am

Gal how could i have ever doubted you? She is perfectly wonderwoman<3 And she blew it out of the water

I suppose some people have had the same appreciations about Alicia Vikander playing Lara Croft. A lithe figured woman playing an action type of character that demands physical prowess,and some fans being attached to the earlier actressses portrayal of the role.

But she made it happen^^ big fan

sahlav dino December 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

She said she is german, austrian, czech and polish. when these websites say “Ashkenazi”(german-jewish) they leave out the rest of her ethnic background.

follers December 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

German Jews, Austrian Jews, Czech Jews, and Polish Jews are all Ashkenazi.

lelo4 December 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm

You must be another American who thinks Ashkenazi Jews are European converts. Ashkenazi Jews do have some European influence, but it’s mainly Italian/Greek and it dates back to the Roman Empire.

neiltennant October 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm

ASHKENAZI JEWISH means Jews who were from Europe

neiltennant October 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm

i had doubted


she does look quite more dark than the average Ashkenazi Jew

lelo4 October 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

I think it’s pretty impressive how some Ashkenazis resemble Turkic people so much. This woman looks typical Turkish/Azeri.

bablah October 26, 2016 at 6:46 am

Turkish people and Azeris are the outliers of the general phenotype of Turkic peoples. In reality they’re just Turkified Middle Easterners (guess who’s Middle Eastern too) which accounts for how they look like.

Hill May 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Apart from her nose yeah.

alexgxo October 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Looks “exotic” white. I can see why people think she has an ambiguous appearance.. But still white none the less.

She has no screen presence and sometimes comes off as dry on everything I’ve seen her in. I’m still not sold on her as Diana especially after her more controversial comments about the Israeli army..

Alyx June 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

She looks like Natalie Portman.

andrew April 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

I watched her acting in “Criminal”, very talented actress. She reminds me of those Modigliani paintings.

madman March 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Gal’s paternal grandparents were Arye Zeev Greenstein (the son of Michael Greenstein and Shulamit Notkin) and Miriam Glicksman.

Gal’s paternal grandfather was of partly Russian Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, Lithuanian Jewish, and Argentinian Jewish extraction, but many of his ancestors had lived in Palestine for generations before the 1900’s.

follers March 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

This ancestor’s birth in Argentina seems a bit suspect, considering her son was born in Lithuania.

passingtime85 March 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm


Gal just mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel Live that her original family surname was Greenstein.

Adrian1Cram February 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm

I don’t why but I see kim k in the first picture. The second picture she looks completely different.

andrew December 9, 2015 at 12:51 am

“few people know that Gal Gadot’s grandma is Polish and lives in Warsaw”

andrew December 9, 2015 at 12:46 am
andrew December 9, 2015 at 12:45 am
Man from Leblon October 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Thank you “noneofyourbusiness”

Some people make really stupid comments about looks etc. She looks like she has a bit of Sephardic blood.

I read so many people say things about “almond” eyes, Asian eyes, Native eyes, it is like some people never being to an Asian restaurant, or traveled through Europe….

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm

She looks like kim k in the first pic, i thought that was her at first. in the second pic she looks latina.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

omg she’s beautiful. she looks eurasian

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Damn, I thought she was native American.

Capricious May 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm

She does look Middle Eastern. She must have roots from that region.

joyce84 July 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

All ethnic Jews have roots in the Middle East. I’m sure Gal Gadot is no exception.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:35 am

I know.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

middle eastern? i was thinking east asian

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 2:17 am

Some of you are ignorant idiots. White people can have almond eyes, it doesn’t mean they’re part Asian. A lot of Slavic people have a pseudo Asian appearance but they’re fully white. You really think you have to have blonde hair and blue eyes to be white???

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 5:24 am

way too skinny to be wonder woman

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 5:22 am

bad wonder woman choice

a June 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

She looks a lot like Natalie Portman a lot

a June 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

wrong, is bad not being able to edit my own comment

Princess June 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

To the people saying she looks Asian: Jewish people look Asian sometimes. I don’t know why, but a lot of them look like they have Asian heritage.

I think she’s highly overrated. She has a nice body though. Butterface.

shobohunter May 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

exotic look white girl. Spanish or something.

ihatemostpeople May 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

She is exotic and pretty. Whoever is hating on her body is probably a jealous fatass. Only fat people hate on skinny people. You could be skinny too if y’all got off your lazy fat asses once in awhile. Join a gym and stop eating shitty fast food!

sararuiz April 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

she kinds looks like Keira Knightley and j.lo mixed together

balkanboy March 10, 2014 at 9:16 am

She sort of reminds me of Danielle Harris, who is jewish also i think?

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

She’s too skinny to play Wonder Woman.

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

She looks part Asian to me too.

MegMeg February 19, 2014 at 11:47 pm

She has stated that while she and her parents are Sabras that ethnically she is 1/4 Polish, 1/4 Austrian, 1/4 German, and 1/4 Czech, as her ancestors were Jews that immigrated to Israel from Europe.,7340,L-3868197,00.html

MegMeg February 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Whoops XD didn’t realize that was already mentioned! Don’t know if I can delete my comment.

DK1x December 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Austrian is not an ethnicity. People from Austria are Germans.

the punisher January 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

She kind of looks like Amelia vega

follers January 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm
Brigzzz98 January 19, 2014 at 12:09 am

She looks more Sephardi Jewish.

ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 12:32 am

This bitch is overrated and doesn’t deserve to be Wonder Woman. Megan Fox should have been Wonder Woman

llala January 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm

She look part Asian.

ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 12:31 am

Kind of.

andrew February 20, 2014 at 6:59 am
Jon January 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I love how people are calling her a ‘WOC’. yet at the same time call Natalie Portman a white woman. Both are Israeli of European descent. Weird

follers January 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

It may have something to do with the fact that those people aren’t too bright.

lelo4 December 25, 2016 at 10:01 pm

No, she’s not of European descent. She’s Jewish/Middle Eastern. Do you really think this woman looks German/Polish/Czech lol? Just because Ashkenazi Jews lived in Europe for so long doesn’t mean they have become ethnic Europeans. Another comparison is the Roma people whose ancestor came from Northern India and have been living in Europe for hundreds of years, but still are nor considered ethnic Europeans.

Shawn January 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm

She appears to have some Asian admixture?

hanna January 12, 2014 at 5:08 am

what is she?she looks like a plain white girl

ashash January 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Why does she have two pictures when everyone else has one?

follers January 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Because she is stunning.

Ariana Grande has two as well, and she isn’t even stunning. She looks like a less attractive Marisa Tomei.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Why do only certain people get two pictures?

Cara should have two because she is stunning.

follers January 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm

It just worked out that way. Only Gadot and Grande have two.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Not right. Inequality.

follers January 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Equality is for Mexicans and Mormons only.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Cara Delevingne is the prettiest Jewish model. Bar Refaeli and Bar Paly are tied at second. Erin Heatherton is third. Gal Gadot and Esti Ginzburg are tied at fourth. They are all stunning. Prettier than the rest of the models in the entire business. I wish Ginzburg and Paly would become more famous. Refaeli, Gadot, and Heatherton are pretty popular; Delevingne is, of course, the most popular of them all.

follers January 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Refaeli is more popular than Delevingne. And you know Delevingne is barely Jewish.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I think that having 1/16 Jewish ancestry is enough for you to consider yourself Jewish.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

And I do not think Refaeli is more popular than Delevingne. Delevingne has way more followers on Instagram.

follers January 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Refaeli was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and other things.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Cara modeled for Victoria’s Secret and was also in their most recent fashion show. Plus, she gets a lot of attention for being besties with Rihanna. She became very popular after dating Harry Styles. Or at least the tabloids thought she was dating him.

Anyway, she is striking.

Adam January 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

In regards to a previous comment I made, I don’t actually think that Gal Gadot is ugly by any means. I’m sorry to anyone who I may have offended in the past.

daria January 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm

she looks like a mix between Keira Knightley and Jennifer Lopez, cant wait to see how she’ll play wonder woman.

aaa December 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm

She looks very Jewish,but Sephardic, in the first picture,she looks like Kim Kardashian,in the second pic,she looks like Natalie Portman

Vanessa December 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

She is so beautiful.

follers December 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

yes, definitely.

andrew December 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

is there actually a fixed Jewish look?or should I post again Simon and Garfunkel pic to show the variery of Jews??

follers December 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

She looks like Natalie Portman.

She also looks like Keira Knightley, but, you know, it happens.

AnonymousPerson December 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

This is not a good picture of her. She was beautiful in Fast Five. Her and Sung Kang looked cute together in that movie.

follers December 25, 2013 at 1:34 am
ethnic December 25, 2013 at 2:08 am

Yeh agreed a nice pic.

fuzzybear44 January 2, 2014 at 4:04 am

Yes it’s a better picture,but still can’t see her as Wonder Woman

guurl December 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Not the best pick for wonder woman. I’m not impressed.

andrew December 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

she’s better than the picture above

the punisher December 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm
the punisher December 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

She kind of looks like Amelia Vega Miss Dominican Rep 2003

Adam December 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

Why are they getting this woman to play Wonder Woman?

the punisher December 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm


Adam December 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

But couldn’t they have gotten a better actress for the role?

follers December 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Adam December 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

She’s looks like Olive Oyl, she’s just not attractive to me.

the punisher December 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

So what?

Alice December 8, 2013 at 4:45 am

Lynda Carter was such a beautiful woman. I think it would be difficult for anyone to fill her shoes.

Gillian Brooks December 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

You forgot to add Gillian Brooks to the database. she is wayyy more famous and cool, than matthew mcconaughey. K BIYEEEEEE

follers December 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Is there a picture, please?

ethnic December 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

i like this one

follers December 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thank you.

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