Alison Doody

Actress / Model (person) / Film Actress | * 11/11/1966 (57) | Dublin (Ireland)
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). ()
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Alison Doody was born in Dublin in 1966, in a well-off family. She is the youngest of three children. She was educated in a convent, where she gained a passion for the arts. She later studied at the National College of Fine Arts in Dublin, but left because she lacked the motivation and thought she would take a year off to think it out. Meanwhile, while sitting in a café with friends, she was approached by a still photographer who asked her if she would be interested to model. Thinking she could use the pocket money, she said yes. Modeling proved to be both fun and lucrative, and very soon she did it professionally. Her modeling contracts led to commercial work, which would take her around the world. One day, a casting director saw her work and suggested she try acting instead. She was sent to London at age 19, where she quickly won an audition to appear in the new James Bond film,A View to a Kill(1985). She so loved acting that she pursued a career in that direction. After her first film, she shot a few TV dramas in London and in Dublin, but her big break came when she was cast as Austrian seductress Dr. Elsa Schneider inIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade(1989). Apparently she made a huge impression onSteven SpielbergandGeorge Lucas, who loved her great sense of humor and herGrace Kellylooks. After Indiana Jones, which introduced her to Hollywood and to the United States, she was chosen to replaceCybill Shepherdas spokeswoman for L'Oréal. After that she shot a few B-movies in the United States, but at one point felt she missed Ireland too much, so she went back to Dublin. In 1994, she put her career on hold to spend more time with media heir Gavin O'Reilly, whom she had been dating for two years. In 1996 they married, and later had two children. In 2002, she was asked to cameo in the 'Michael Caine (I)_ comedyLes acteurs(2003), and there she regained a lust for the movie industry. The following summer, she shotAllan Quatermain et la pierre des ancêtres(2004) with co-starPatrick Swayze, and it's then that the whole ball started rolling again. In 2005, she and her husband divorced and she decided to re-launch her stalled career, but she quickly realized how difficult it was to break into this kind of business for a second time, especially after ten years away from the camera. Recently she appeared in the short filmBenjamin's Struggle(2005), directed by newcomerJames Breese, and played a role in the well-known British seriesMeurtres en sommeil(2000). In a recent interview, she said she was thrilled to be acting again, but added that she wasn't willing to accept anything for the sake of working. She is determined to find the right part, but she also wants to do different things: "I'm fed up playing the nasty Nazi. I'd like to do something quite extreme.".

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Action | Thriller

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Movies with Alison Doody as Actress(22)

as Cassandra Buxton2022 RRR
as Grace2019 Muse
as Rada Berkut2019 The Rising Hawk
as Neilsen2017 Division 19
as Grace2016 Brother
as Susan Taylor2014 We Still Kill the Old Way
as Mother2011 Billy & Chuck
as Professor Alison Hayes2010 The Rapture
as herself2003 The Actors
as Rebecca Flannery1994 Major League II
as Lee Reddick1994 Temptation
as Ann-Marie Athos1992 Ring of the Musketeers
as Lady Caroline Faye1992 Duel of Hearts
as Gina Heidemann1991 Selling Hitler
as Celia Jones1990 Women in Tropical Places
as Charlotte1988 Taffin
as Siobhan Donovan1987 A Prayer for the Dying
as Jenny Flex1985 A View to a Kill
as Waitress1985 Deceptions

TV Shows/Series with Alison Doody as Actress(5)

as Pam2011 Beaver Falls
as Katherine Keane2000 Waking the Dead
as Sapsorrow1988 The Storyteller
as herself1982 Wogan

Additional Information

Full Name: Alison Doody
Citizenship: Ireland
Born: Friday, 11/11 1966 (November) in Dublin (Ireland) (current age: 57 years + 247 days)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Educated at: Mount Anville Secondary School
Spouses (current/former): Gavin O'Reilly
Alison Doody frequently works together with these people:
Maurice Evans (11x, Actor)
Julie Harris (10x, Actress)
George Rose (7x, Actor)
Denholm Elliott (6x, Actor)
George Lucas (5x, Crew)
James Woods (5x, Actor)
Richard Thomas (5x, Actor)
Lamont Johnson (5x, Crew)
Judith Anderson (5x, Actress)
Basil Rathbone (4x, Actor)
Virginia McKenna (4x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:5871, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/22/2024