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Alison Doody
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Doody in 2009
Born (1966-11-11) 11 November 1966 (age 57)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1985–present
Gavin O'Reilly
(m. 1994; div. 2006)
Partner(s) Douglas De Jager
(2011–2012; his death)
Tadhg Geary
(e. 2014; sep. 2015)
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Alison Doody (born 11 November 1966) is an Irish actress and model. After making her feature film debut as Bond girl Jenny Flex in A View to a Kill (1985), she went on to play Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Other roles include Siobhan Donavan in A Prayer for the Dying (1987), Charlotte in Taffin (1988), Rebecca Flannery in Major League II (1994) and Catherine Buxton in RRR (2022). She also played Pam in Beaver Falls (2011–2012).

Early life

The youngest of three children, Doody was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her mother, Joan, was a beauty therapist, and her father Patrick, worked in the property business and farmed. Doody attended Mount Anville Secondary School.


Approached by a photographer, Doody took up modelling, which turned into a career in commercial modelling. .....

Having come to the attention of the casting director of a new James Bond film, she accepted a small part as Jenny Flex in 1985's A View to a Kill. Doody was listed as one of 12 Promising New Actors of 1986 in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. Still only 19 when she appeared in the role, Doody was – and remains – the youngest Bond girl to date. Another early movie was a small part as IRA member Siobhan Donovan in A Prayer for the Dying (1987), which starred Mickey Rourke.

Doody had a non-speaking role in the 1987 television adaptation of The Secret Garden appearing as Archibald Craven's wife, Lilias, in his dream. Her first lead role was in a 1988 episode of Jim Henson fantasy series The Storyteller as Sapsorrow, opposite John Hurt, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

She played opposite Pierce Brosnan in the film Taffin (1988) before taking probably her most high-profile part to date, as Austrian Nazi-sympathiser and archaeologist Elsa Schneider in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade playing opposite Harrison Ford. The film also starred Sean Connery as Indy's father; Doody has acted alongside three actors (Moore, Connery, and Brosnan) who have portrayed James Bond.

In 1991 Doody co-starred opposite Jonathan Pryce in mini-series Selling Hitler, inspired by the publishing fraud known as the Hitler Diaries. She subsequently relocated to Hollywood. Chosen to replace Cybill Shepherd as spokeswoman for L'Oréal, she went on to play opposite Charlie Sheen in 1994's Major League II as Flannery, his girlfriend and agent.

After almost a decade away from the screen, Doody returned to acting with a small role in 2003 film The Actors with Michael Caine, playing herself in an award ceremony scene. She played alongside Patrick Swayze in a 2004 television movie adaptation of King Solomon's Mines and also starred in a short called Benjamin's Struggle (2005), a pamphlet about the Holocaust, and in the TV series Waking the Dead (in a two-part episode called "The Fall"). In 2010, Doody shot a part in Danny Dyer's film The Rapture (2010). She later guest starred in RTÉ's medical drama The Clinic., and was set to star in a 2011 remake of horror classic The Asphyx, but the project later stalled.

In 2011 she began the first of two series on E4 comedy-drama Beaver Falls, playing Pam Jefferson. In 2014 she appeared in We Still Kill the Old Way.

On 21 November 2018 she was honoured with the "Almería, tierra de cine" award, and she received a star on Almeria Walk of Fame.

On 20 November 2019 she was announced to be debuting in the Indian film industry with the film RRR.

Personal life

Doody married Gavin O'Reilly, CEO of the Independent News & Media on 25 June 1994, at the O'Reilly family residence Castlemartin. The couple made their home at Bartra House, a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) home overlooking the sea in Dalkey; at the time of purchase, the most expensive house in Ireland. The marriage produced two daughters. She separated from O'Reilly in 2004, and divorced him in 2006.

During the 2011 filming of the comedy-drama Beaver Falls in South Africa, Doody met Douglas De Jager, a packaging tycoon from Cape Town. The couple had been keeping their relationship low-key, before De Jager died of a heart attack in July 2012.

She was engaged to businessman Tadgh Geary from 2014 to 2015.



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref.
1985 A View to a Kill Jenny Flex Film Debut
1987 A Prayer for the Dying Siobhan Donovan
The Secret Garden Lilias
1988 Taffin Charlotte
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Elsa Schneider
1991 Duel of Hearts Lady Caroline Faye
1992 Ring of the Musketeers Ann-Marie Athos
1994 Major League II Rebecca Flannery
Temptation Lee Reddick
2003 The Actors Herself
2004 King Solomon's Mines Elizabeth Maitland
2005 Benjamin's Struggle Katrina Stockhausen Short film
2010 The Rapture Professor Alison Hayes
2011 Billy & Chuck Mother Short film
2014 We Still Kill the Old Way Susan Taylor
2016 Brother Grace
2017 Division 19 Neilsen
2019 The Rising Hawk Rada
Muse Grace
2022 RRR Lady Catherine Buxton Indian film


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1985 Deceptions Waitress Unknown episodes
1986–1987 Howards' Way Girl Unknown episodes
1987 Queenie Bully Episode: #1.1
1987 Harry's Kingdom Debbie TV film
1988 Campaign Alessandra Castorina All 6 episodes
1988 Echoes Caroline Nolan 3 episodes
1988 The Storyteller Sapsorrow Episode: "Sapsorrow"
1989 The Jim Henson Hour Episode: "Garbage"
1989 Women in Tropical Places Celia TV film
1991 Selling Hitler Gina Heidemann All 5 episodes
2004 King Solomon's Mines Elizabeth Maitland All 2 episodes
2007 Waking the Dead Katherine Keane ”The Fall" Episodes 6.5 & 6.6
2009 The Clinic Lucille 4 episodes
2011–2012 Beaver Falls Pamela Jefferson All 12 episodes

Non-acting television

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1990 Wogan Herself Series 9
2003 Entertainment Tonight
1st Irish Film & Television Awards Presenter TV Special
2004 2nd Irish Film & Television Awards TV Special
2006 The Hollywood Greats Series 7 with Harrison Ford
2008 Indy's Women: The American Film Institute Tribute Herself
Xposé Herself Season 3 Episode 16
2009 The Late Late Show Herself
2010 7th Irish Film & Television Awards Presenter TV Special


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2003 Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy Herself
2004 Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

See also

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