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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.

Biography[edit | edit source]

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, StarWars.com 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]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Other notes
2021 Untitled Cassian Andor television series[3] Mon Mothma TV series
2017 Star Wars Rebels Mon Mothma TV series (voice)
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Mon Mothma
2016 The Fall Kinkead TV series
2016 The Legend of Tarzan Tarzan's mother
2016 The Secret Hazel Buchanan TV miniseries
2016 Endeavour Annette Richardson TV series
2015 Glitch Elishia McKellar TV series
2015 Survivor Lisa Carr
2015 Banished Mary Johnson TV series
2014 The Honourable Woman Frances TV miniseries
2013 Crossing Lines Sienna Pride TV series
2012 The Last Weekend Daisy TV miniseries
2012 Midsomer Murders Nina Morgan TV series
2011–2014 Episodes Jamie Lapidus TV series
2011 Waking the Dead Julie Rees TV series
2010 Law & Order: UK Claudia Martin TV series
2010 New Tricks Miranda Armstrong TV series
2010 Forget Me Not Eve Fisher
2009 The Day of the Triffids Michelle Beardley TV miniseries
2009 Spooks Sarah Caulfield TV series
2009 The Young Victoria Lady Flora Hastings
2007 Diana: Last Days of a Princess Princess Diana TV movie
2007 The Time of Your Life Kate TV series
2006 The State Within Caroline Hanley TV miniseries
2005 Life Shelly Deane TV movie
2005 Second Chance Susie Fulham TV movie
2005 The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Allcia TV miniseries
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Mon Mothma
2004 Cyber Wars Dash MacKenzie a.k.a. Avatar
2004 Right Here Right Now Pizza Girl
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Officer Wirtz
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Officer Wirtz
2002–2005 All Saints Leanne Curtis TV series
2002 Young Lions Kimberly Oswald TV series
2001 BeastMaster Nagha TV series

Work in Star Wars[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  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. CBR.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017. Retrieved on March 3, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 StarWars.com New Casting Announced for Cassian Andor Series on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. StarWars.com Ep III Cast: The O'Reilly Factor on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. Databank title.png Mothma, Mon in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)

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