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"Whenever I do a play there are Star Wars fans at the stage door and they're always lovely – so excited and so effusive about the storylines and the characters."
―Genevieve O'Reilly[src]

Genevieve O'Reilly (born January 6, 1977) is an Irish actress who portrayed Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and returned to the role for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and five episodes of Star Wars Rebels.


O'Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 2000, she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia with a degree in Performing Arts.

Besides Mon Mothma, O'Reilly portrayed Officer Wirtz in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, as well as Princess Diana in the 2007 TV movie Diana: Last Days of a Princess. Her film credits also include Cyber Wars, The Young Victoria, and Forget Me Not.

O'Reilly has also appeared in numerous TV series, such as BeastMaster, Young Lions, All Saints, The State Within, The Time of Your Life, Spooks, New Tricks, Law & Order: UK, Waking the Dead, Episodes, Midsomer Murders, The Last Weekend, and Crossing Lines.

Theatrically, O'Reilly has performed such stage roles as Olivia in Twelfth Night, Veronica in The Ugly Man, Millamant in The Way of the World, Ruth in Così, Queen Isabel in Richard II, Valerie in The Weir, Isabelle in Birdsong, Helena in Emperor and Galilean, Jennifer in The Doctor's Dilemma, and many more.

On June 19, 2003, announced that O'Reilly would reprise the role of Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, a character previously portrayed by Caroline Blakiston in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[4] Cast for her strong resemblance to Blakiston, she carefully studied the British actress' performance in order to capture the character's voice and mannerisms.[5] On April 7, 2016, it was revealed that O'Reilly would return as Mothma in the Anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[1] She also voiced her character for several episodes of the TV series Star Wars Rebels, which aired on March 4, 2017.[2]


Year Title Role Other notes
2021Untitled Cassian Andor television series[3]Mon MothmaTV series
2017Star Wars RebelsMon MothmaTV series (voice)
2016Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryMon Mothma
2016The FallKinkeadTV series
2016The Legend of TarzanTarzan's mother
2016The SecretHazel BuchananTV miniseries
2016EndeavourAnnette RichardsonTV series
2015GlitchElishia McKellarTV series
2015SurvivorLisa Carr
2015BanishedMary JohnsonTV series
2014The Honourable WomanFrancesTV miniseries
2013Crossing LinesSienna PrideTV series
2012The Last WeekendDaisyTV miniseries
2012Midsomer MurdersNina MorganTV series
2011–2014EpisodesJamie LapidusTV series
2011Waking the DeadJulie ReesTV series
2010Law & Order: UKClaudia MartinTV series
2010New TricksMiranda ArmstrongTV series
2010Forget Me NotEve Fisher
2009The Day of the Triffids Michelle BeardleyTV miniseries
2009 SpooksSarah CaulfieldTV series
2009The Young VictoriaLady Flora Hastings
2007Diana: Last Days of a PrincessPrincess DianaTV movie
2007 The Time of Your Life KateTV series
2006The State WithinCaroline HanleyTV miniseries
2005LifeShelly Deane TV movie
2005Second ChanceSusie FulhamTV movie
2005The Incredible Journey of Mary BryantAllciaTV miniseries
2005Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithMon Mothma
2004Cyber WarsDash MacKenziea.k.a. Avatar
2004Right Here Right NowPizza Girl
2003The Matrix RevolutionsOfficer Wirtz
2003The Matrix ReloadedOfficer Wirtz
2002–2005All SaintsLeanne CurtisTV series
2002Young LionsKimberly OswaldTV series
2001BeastMasterNaghaTV series

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Breznican, Anthony (2016-04-07). 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story': 20 Clues and Revelations. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved on April 7, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 MacNabb, Matthew (2017-03-01). Mon Mothma Seeks Help In New Star Wars Rebels Clip. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017. Retrieved on March 3, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SWCustom-2011 New Casting Announced for Cassian Andor Series on (backup link)
  4. SWicon Ep III Cast: The O'Reilly Factor on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. Databank title Mothma, Mon in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)

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