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3 things you didn't know about 'Daredevil' star Ayelet Zurer

The Israeli actress will go from 'Man of Steel' to the new Netflix series.

Ayelet ZurerAyelet ZurerAyelet Zurer poses during a photocall for the TV show 'Hostages' as part of the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival (Photo: Valery Hache / AFP/Getty Images)

Ayelet Zurer is on a bit of a career roll these days. The Jerusalem native has been on English-speaking screens since she landed a role in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" in 2005. But lately, she's been all over the place, in movies and TV shows that either are or have the potential to be huge hits.

For example, she played Lara Lor-van, Superman's biological mother, in the 2013 hit "Man of Steel," and she's just been cast to play Naomi, mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) in the epic remake of "Ben-Hur." But comic fans will get a good long look at Zurer on the new Netflix series "Marvel's Daredevil," which is based on the popular comic series. This time around, she's not playing a mom but the art dealer girlfriend of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), nemesis of blind lawyer Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox).

Here are some things you might not know about one of Israel's most accomplished actresses:


Her father wanted her to be a painter.

Daredevil cast NYCC (L-R) Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Ayelet Zurer, Vondie Curtis, Bob Gunton, and Toby Leonard Moore attend the Netflix Original Series 'Marvel's Daredevil' New York Comic-Con Panel & Cast Signing at the Javits Center on Oct. 11, 2014, in New York City. (Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

"My dad worked for the government but he was painting all his life until at some point he stopped. So I was kind of ushered to go this way, and they all expected me to paint," she told FlickeringMyth.com. Instead she went to acting school in both Israel and New York, studying at the New Actors Workshop, co-founded by the late Mike Nichols.


She starred in the original version of 'In Treatment.' 

BeTipul castThe cast of "BeTipul." (Photo: JCS/Sheleg)

In the Israeli series "BeTipul" ("In Therapy" in English), Zurer plays a patient who starts a relationship with the show's therapist, a role that earned her an Israeli Academy Award for best actress. The show was adapted for the U.S. under the name "In Treatment," which ran on HBO from 2008 to 2010.


She illustrated a fantasy book. 

Baudulina Ayelet ZurerOne of Ayelet Zurer's illustrations from the book "Baudulina." (Photo: Baudulina via Amazon)

Way back in 1999, she lent her drawing skills to the book "Badulina," written by Gabi Nitzan. Judging by some of the illustrations, one of which can be seen at the website for the book, she could have followed her family's advice. But TV and movie fans are happy she didn't, though maybe one day she can play a painter, and both worlds will come full circle.

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