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 new British drama The Secret from which she gained acclaim and was reported to play her character "beautifully".
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 and raised in Adelaide. She is the eldest of four siblings. At the age of twenty O'Reilly moved to Sydney to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2000. In 2005 she moved to the UK with her husband, and currently lives in London.
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. Other theatre credits include The Weir by Conor McPherson, at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and Richard II at the Old Vic. 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.
O'Reilly has appeared in several productions filmed in Australia, including both The Matrix sequels. She also played the young Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and 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. 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.
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. She was in the 2004 Singaporean science fiction film Avatar, playing the lead role of Dash MacKenzie.
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, 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.
In late 2016, she reprised her role as Mon Mothma in Rogue One.
|2003||Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded||Officer Wirtz|
|2003||Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions||Officer Wirtz|
|2004||Right Here Right Now||Pizza Girl|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||Mon Mothma||Scenes cut|
|2009||Young Victoria, TheThe Young Victoria||Lady Flora Hastings|
|2010||Forget Me Not||Eve Fisher|
|2016||Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan||Alice Clayton|
|2016||Rogue One||Mon Mothma|
|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||Glitch||Elishia McKellar||Main role|
|2016||Secret, TheThe Secret||Hazel Buchanan / Hazel Stewart||TV miniseries|
|2016||Fall, TheThe Fall||Kinkhead||"His Troubled Thoughts"|