Alison Doody

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Alison Doody
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Born Alison Doody
(1966-11-11) 11 November 1966 (age 47)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1985–present (break 1994–2002)
Spouse(s) Gavin O'Reilly (1994–2006) divorced, 2 children
Partner(s) Douglas De Jager (2011–2012) his death
Children Alanna (b. 1996)
Lauren (b. 1999)

Alison Doody (born 11 November 1966) is an Irish actress and model. She is known for playing Jenny Flex in the 1985 film A View to a Kill, as well as her role as Elsa Schneider in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of three children, she was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her mother, Joan, was a beauty therapist, and her father, Patrick, worked in the property business and farmed.[1] Doody attended Mount Anville Secondary School.


Approached by a photographer, Doody took up modelling, which turned into a career in commercial modelling as she stringently avoided glamour and nude work—a clause which she extended to her acting career.[citation needed] She came to the attention of the casting director of a new James Bond film and accepted a 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. [1986].

Still only 18 when she appeared as Jenny Flex, she was – and remains – the youngest Bond girl ever.[2]

She then had a non-speaking role in the 1987 television adaptation of The Secret Garden with Derek Jacobi appearing as Archibald Craven's wife, Lilias, in his dream. Her next role was playing the lead in Jim Henson's The Storyteller as Sapsorrow opposite John Hurt, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Taking up acting professionally, Doody appeared in various television dramas in London including Selling Hitler, playing Gina Heidemann opposite Jonathan Pryce.[citation needed] One of her first movie roles was playing the part of Siobhan Donovan alongside Liam Neeson in the movie A Prayer for the Dying with Mickey Rourke. She also played opposite Pierce Brosnan in the film Taffin before taking the role as Austrian Nazi-sympathiser and archaeologist Dr. Elsa Schneider in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade playing opposite Harrison Ford. To this present day, she has acted alongside three actors (Moore, Connery, and Brosnan) who portrayed James Bond.

She subsequently relocated to Hollywood.[citation needed] Chosen to replace Cybill Shepherd as spokeswoman for L'Oréal,[citation needed] she then went on to play opposite Charlie Sheen in Major League II as Flannery, his girlfriend/agent.

Doody returned to acting with a small role in the British comedy movie The Actors with Michael Caine, in which she played herself in an award ceremony scene.[3] She played alongside Patrick Swayze in a television movie adaptation of King Solomon's Mines and also starred in a short called Benjamin's Struggle (2005),[citation needed] a pamphlet about the Holocaust, and in the British TV series Waking the Dead (in a two-part episode called "The Fall") in 2007. In 2010, Doody shot a part in the latest Danny Dyer film, called The Rapture. She later currently guest starred in RTÉ's medical drama The Clinic.[citation needed] She had a starring role in the 2011 remake of the 1970s horror cult classic The Asphyx.

In 2011 she joined E4 comedy drama Beaver Falls, as Pam Jefferson.

Personal life[edit]

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,[4] a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) home overlooking the sea in Dalkey; at the time of purchase, the most expensive house in Ireland.[5] The marriage produced two daughters (Alanna in 1996; Lauren in 1999). She separated from O'Reilly in 2004, and divorced in 2006.[6]

During the filming of the E4 comedy-drama Beaver Falls in 2011, Doody met Douglas De Jager, a packaging tycoon from Cape Town in South Africa. The couple had been keeping their relationship low-key, before De Jager died of a heart attack in July 2012.[7]


  1. ^ COOL DOODY. | Article from The Evening Standard (London, England) | HighBeam Research
  2. ^ "007 Irish Connections" 10 March 2012, Irish independent
  3. ^ "Alison Doody Making a Comeback...". 14 May 2002. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Emer (2 March 2003). "Rich chase streets of dreams". Archived from the original on 7 April 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Leslie, Neil. HOUSE THAT FOR pounds 1.9M, Daily Mirror, 12 October 1996
  6. ^ Robinson, James (27 January 2008). "O'Reilly junior proves passion for print is in the genes". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Alison Doody heartbroken as her partner dies suddenly while on holidays in Capri -

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