Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy was born in 1964 in Clontarf, Ireland - a suburb of Dublin - before moving with her family to Enniscorthy and then finally settling in Bray. She took to singing early on in...
|Thursday the 12th||Actor||Nina Bannister||7|
|Dexter||2013 2005 - 2013||Actor||Sonya||20137|
|The Tudors||2009 2005 - 2009||Actor||Queen Katherine of Aragon||20097|
|Gregory's Two Girls||1999||Actor||Bel||19997|
|A Thousand Times Good Night||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Orphan Black||2014 2011 - 2014||Actor||Mrs. S||20147|
|The Commitments||1991||Actor||Natalie Murphy||19917|
|I Could Read the Sky||2013||Actor||Maggie||20137|
|Downton Abbey||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Vera Bates||20147|
|Queer as Folk (UK)||2000 1998 - 2000||Actor||Marie||20007|
|Oliver Twist||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Irish Shop Assistant||20007|
|The British Academy Film Awards||2010 2009 - 2010||Production Manager||n/a||1|
|The British Academy Film Awards||2008 2007 - 2008||Production Coordinator||n/a||1|
|The British Academy Film Awards||2009 2008 - 2009||Production Coordinator||n/a||1|
By that time, however, Doyle Kennedy had already started to act, making her film debut in Alan Parker's "The Commitments" (1991). In "Nothing Personal" (1995), she played the former wife of a Protestant paramilitant during Ireland's "Troubles" in 1975, who gets involved with an apolitical man (John Lynch) caught up in the aftermath of a pub bombing. She had small parts in "Moll Flanders" (1996), "The Matchmaker" (1997) and "The Break" (1997) before landing a meatier role as the wife of an up-and-coming mobster (Brendan Gleeson) in "The General" (1998). She next had a co-starring role in "Miss Julie" (1999), playing a cook whose fiancé (Peter Mullan) is taken in as the lover of the household's despondent heiress (Saffron Burrows).
Doyle Kennedy finished out the millennium with "I Could Read the Sky" (1999) and "Gregory's Two Girls" (1999), then turned to television with a bit part as a shop assistant in the PBS production of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" (2000). She next landed on the UK (i.e. original) version of "Queer As Folk" (1999-2001), then starred in the Bravo miniseries, "Thursday the 12th" (2003), a dark murder mystery that spans one complete day and focuses on the murder of a member of the prominent Bannister family. Doyle Kennedy then portrayed Katherine of Aragon, first wife to King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who failed to give the monarch a male heir, in "The Tudors" (2007- ), Showtime's lavish 10-part series depicting a conflicted monarch prior to his split from the Catholic Church.
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