Yael Grobglas was born in Paris, France to parents of French and Austrian descent. Yael's family moved to Israel, where her talent and passion for performing arts became visible at an early age. As a teenager, Yael studied different styles of dance and performed in a professional dance group. She had a brief modeling career and participated in a number of runway shows and advertising campaigns. Having realized that her true passion is acting, Yael started taking acting classes.
After participating in a few small projects, Yael was cast for the sci-fi TV series "Ha'Yi" (the Island) for all three seasons, which made her popular among Israel's young audiences. She then enrolled and completed a three-year acting program at the Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio, while filming an additional season of Ha'Yi and a number of major commercials.
She has worked with some of Israel's top actors and directors in her roles in the first Israeli horror film "Kalevet", the sitcom "Ha-Shualim" (the Foxes) the mini-series "Yehefim" and primetime TV show "Tanuchi", as well as numerous supporting roles and guest appearances. Yael's theater performances include her role as Linda in the critically acclaimed Beer Sheva Theater production of Woody Allen's "Play it Again, Sam".
Yael had the lead role of America Singer in the CW's "The Selection" pilot in recurring as Olivia in the CW's "Reign" in 2013-14.
Yael currently plays the role of Petra in the critically acclaimed CW series "Jane the Virgn". Time Magazine described her performance: "Grobglas...has turned Petra into one of television’s most amusingly complex comic villains. Fans love to hate her, yet as Jane delves deeper into Petra’s backstory — and shows off her lighter side — they’re starting to love to love her as well."