Genevieve O'Reilly

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Genevieve O'Reilly
Born (1977-01-06) 6 January 1977 (age 40)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Luke Mulvihill

Genevieve O'Reilly (born 6 January 1977) is an Irish actress known for her work in the Star Wars franchise as Mon Mothma, first playing the character in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

In television, O'Reilly's first appearance was in 2001 in the Canadian television series BeastMaster as a guest star in "Slayer's Return", the following year O'Reilly appeared in Young Lions as Kimberly Oswald in the episode "Asylum Seekers". O'Reilly then appeared as a prominent character in All Saints from 2002 - 2005 as Leanne Curtis, from 2011 to 2014, O'Reilly appeared in the series Episodes as a recurring character alongside Matt LeBlanc. Later in 2014 O'Reilly starred in the television mini series The Honourable Woman as Frances Pirsig in which she starred in six episodes; in the following year of 2015 O'Reilly starred in the BBC television series Banished as Mary Johnson. In 2016, O'Reilly starred in the British drama The Secret from which she gained acclaim and was reported to play her character "beautifully".[1]

Alongside her appearances in television, O'Reilly is also known for her career in films with her credits in the movie industry notably including the 2004 film Avatar in which she portrayed Dash MacKenzie, the 2010 romantic movie Forget Me Not where she played Eve, and the 2009 period drama The Young Victoria in which she played Lady Flora Hastings. More recently, in 2016 O'Reilly appeared in the role of Tarzan's Mother in the latest Tarzan live action movie, The Legend of Tarzan.


O'Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Adelaide, Australia. She is the eldest of four siblings,[2] at the age of twenty O'Reilly moved to Sydney to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art,[3] graduating in 2000.[4] In 2005 she moved to the UK with her husband, and lives in London.[3]



O'Reilly was cast as the understudy in director Gale Edwards' production of The White Devil a week after graduating from drama school. She went on to appear in Edwards' Sydney Theatre Company production of The Way of the World.[4] Other theatre credits include The Weir by Conor McPherson, at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and Richard II at the Old Vic.[5] Recent parts at the Royal National Theatre have been in new play, Mike Bartlett's 13, and as Helena, wife to Andrew Scott's emperor Julian in the 2011 production of Ibsen's epic Emperor and Galilean. In July 2012, O'Reilly performed in George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma.[6]

In 2017, she played Mary Carney in The Ferryman, first at the Royal Court Theatre and later at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End of London.[7]


O'Reilly has appeared in several productions filmed in Australia, including both The Matrix sequels, she was also in the 2004 Singaporean science fiction film Avatar, playing the lead role of Dash MacKenzie.[8]

Star Wars[edit]

In 2005 she played the young Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (though most of her scenes were ultimately cut). In late 2016, she reprised her role as Mon Mothma in Rogue One, and voiced the same character in the animated TV show Star Wars Rebels in early 2017.


In Australia she starred as Leanne Curtis in the medical drama All Saints.

Since moving to the UK, O'Reilly has starred in the political mini-series The State Within, played Princess Diana in the 2007 television docudrama Diana: Last Days of a Princess, and taken the lead role in The Time of Your Life. She played CIA liaison officer Sarah Caulfield in the eighth series of BBC drama Spooks.[9] O'Reilly also played the character of Michelle Beadley in the remake of The Day of the Triffids that aired on BBC One in December 2009.[10]

She appeared in all 3 seasons of the BBC/Showtime comedy Episodes from 2011 to 2014, playing Jamie Lapidus, the blind wife of a TV executive, Merc Lapidus.

In June 2013, O'Reilly appeared in the pilot episode of the international crime drama Crossing Lines cast as detective and interrogation specialist Sienna Pride,[11] attached to the ICC team from Britain's Scotland Yard.

In early 2015, O'Reilly starred as Mary Johnson in Jimmy McGovern's Banished, a television drama focusing on British convicts in an Australian penal colony.[12]

In 2015, O'Reilly starred as Dr Elishia McKellar, in an Australian paranormal drama Glitch, set in fictional small country town called Yoorana. Series 1 with 6 episodes won major awards. Series 2 was broadcast on ABC1 and Netflix toward the end of 2017.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded Officer Wirtz
2003 Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions Officer Wirtz
2004 Avatar Dash MacKenzie
2004 Right Here Right Now Pizza Girl
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Mon Mothma Speaking Scenes Cut;
Silent Cameo in Final Cut of Film.
2009 Young Victoria, TheThe Young Victoria Lady Flora Hastings
2010 Forget Me Not Eve Fisher
2015 Survivor Lisa Carr
2016 Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan Alice Clayton
2016 Rogue One Mon Mothma


Year Title Role Notes
2001 BeastMaster Nagha "Slayer's Return"
2002 Young Lions Kimberly Oswald "Asylum Seekers"
2002–05 All Saints Leanne Curtis Recurring role
2005 Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, TheThe Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Alicia TV miniseries
2005 Second Chance Susie Fulham TV film
2005 Life Shelly Deane TV film
2006 State Within, TheThe State Within Caroline Hanley Main role
2007 Time of Your Life, TheThe Time of Your Life Kate Main role
2007 Diana: Last Days of a Princess Diana, Princess of Wales TV docudrama
2009 Spooks Sarah Caulfield Recurring role
2009 Day of the Triffids, TheThe Day of the Triffids Michelle Beadley "Part 1"
2010 New Tricks Michelle Armstrong "The Fourth Man"
2010 Law & Order: UK Claudia Martin "Skeletons"
2011 Waking the Dead Julie Rees "Harbinger: Parts 1 & 2"
2011–14 Episodes Jamie Lapidus Recurring role
2012 Midsomer Murders Nina Morgan "A Rare Bird"
2012 Last Weekend, TheThe Last Weekend Daisy TV miniseries
2013 Crossing Lines Sienna Pride "Pilot: Parts 1 & 2"
2014 Honourable Woman, TheThe Honourable Woman Frances Pirsig TV miniseries
2015 Banished Mary Johnson Main role
2015-17 Glitch Elishia McKellar Main role
2016 Endeavour Annette Richardson "Arcadia"
2016 Secret, TheThe Secret Hazel Buchanan / Hazel Stewart TV miniseries
2016 Fall, TheThe Fall Kinkhead "His Troubled Thoughts"
2017 Star Wars Rebels Mon Mothma 2 episodes
2017 Tin Star Angela


  1. ^ "Genevieve O'Reilly plays The Secret's naive but guilty killer beautifully". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  2. ^ Wise, Jon (1 July 2007). "Genevieve's telly role is spooky reminder of past". The People. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Leo, Jessica (22 August 2007). "Irish luck for Adelaide star". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Life of Reilly". The Sun-Herald. 23 December 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  5. ^ United Agents – Genevieve O'Reilly Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  6. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (25 July 2012). "The Doctor’s Dilemma, National Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cast and West End transfer confirmed for Sam Mendes' The Ferryman". February 8, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Avatar (2004)". Moviefone. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  9. ^ BBC – Press Office – Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 44 Retrieved on 24 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Episode 1, The Day of the Triffids - BBC One". Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "TV Guide". 
  12. ^ Masters, Tim (4 March 2015). "Banished: Jimmy McGovern tells story of first British convicts in Australia". BBC News. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 

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