Maria Doyle Kennedy
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|Maria Doyle Kennedy|
|Born||Maria Josephine Doyle
September 25, 1964
Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
|Other names||Maria Doyle|
|Years active||1980s–present (Singer)
|Spouse(s)||Kieran Kennedy (1988–present)|
Maria Doyle Kennedy (born 25 September 1964) is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer, singer, songwriter, musician, theatre artist, orchestrator and educator from Dublin, Ireland. As an actress she is probably best known for her role as Queen Katherine of Aragon in the award winning The Tudors.
Life and career
In 2001, Kennedy released music on Mermaid Records, a label she founded herself. Her debut solo album Charm was released in 2001. She coordinated Sirens which is a compilation album of female artists and which was released in 2003. She released an album Skullcover consisting of cover versions in 2005, and Mütter in 2007. Kennedy’s new album with her husband Kieran is called The Storms Are On the Ocean. A collection of Appalachian standards dressed in darned gowns, its spiritual siblings are Plant's Band of Joy, PJ's White Chalk and Gillian Welch's stark daguerreotypes. Here are courtly tunes, murder ballads, child ballads and death fugues all backlit by Kieran Kennedy's acoustic guitar, banjo and piano. Both of her solo albums have been nominated for Meteor awards and her forthcoming project sees her teamed with U.S. country music legend John Prine, Damien Rice and Paul Brady. Sing was released September 2012 and reached no 4 in Irish charts.
Kennedy joined a band while still in college in the mid-80s. They formed originally to enter a Slogadh competition (which they won), but music quickly became a motivating force in her life. She has spent the better part of 20 years performing live all over the world to audiences ranging from the many thousands who have enjoyed her show at festivals (Glastonbury, Oxegen, Cambridge Folk Festival etc.) to the more intimate theatre concerts.
Kennedy released her first album “When Justice Came” in 1989 with The Black Velvet Band. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1989, it reached No.4 on the Irish charts and is ranked among the best Irish albums of the late 1980s. She then united with producers Clive Langer and Allen Winstanley to record her second Black Velvet Band album, "King Of Myself", in 1992. Irish music magazine Hot Press later called her "The finest voice this country has ever produced."
The Lady Sings The Blues, a compilation album featuring Maria alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Annie Lennox, followed and proved to be a best-selling album in 1994. It also established Kennedy in new markets throughout Europe, the US, and Japan. Touring Europe for the first time, she got rave reviews from The Guardian, The Times, and others.
Kennedy produced a documentary, Golden Boy, based on the life and work of Irish artist Patrick Scott and has appeared as a broadcaster on Irish television filling in for John Kelly on his Mystery Train show and for Tom Dunne on Pet Sounds.
Kennedy also hosted an RTÉ musical series called Boarderline in the late 1980s.
Maria Doyle Kennedy played a key role in the 1991 film The Commitments. In 2007 and 2008, Maria played Queen Katherine of Aragon (King Henry VIII's first wife and mother of Mary I of England) on The Tudors. She was rumoured to have returned as Katherine of Aragon in a dream sequence to The Tudors for the fourth and final season in mid 2010, and this was confirmed when the first promotional picture of the season showed Katherine (along with King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr) on the cover. Kennedy also appeared on Irish screens early in 2011 on TG4's Corp & Anam in her first Irish language acting role. Kennedy portrayed Sonya, a nanny to Dexter Morgan's son Harrison in the fifth season of Showtime's Dexter. She joined the cast of ITV's period drama Downton Abbey, appearing as Vera Bates, estranged wife of the Earl of Grantham's valet. In 2012 she also played a leading role in the ITV mini-series Titanic, and in 2013 co-starred in the Canadian-American TV series Orphan Black, airing on BBC America.
In 1988, she married musician Kieran Kennedy, and they have four sons. Maria speaks fluent Irish Gaelic.
|2011||The Storms Are On The Ocean||Mermaid Records|
|2009||Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas||Mermaid Records|
|2009||Band of Maria’s Live DVD||Mermaid Records|
|2008||Forty days||Mermaid Records|
|2005||Skull Cover||Mermaid Records|
|2001||Stars Above||Mermaid Records|
|1991||Commitments, TheThe Commitments||Natalie Murphy|
|1997||Break, TheThe Break||Roisin|
|1997||MatchMaker, TheThe MatchMaker||Sarah Kelly|
|1998||General, TheThe General||Frances|
|1999||I Could Read in the Sky||Maggie|
|1999||Gregory's Two Girls||Bel|
|2004||Spin the Bottle||Anastasia|
|2010||(She Owns) Every Thing||Object of Affection||Short film|
|2012||After the Triumph of Your Birth||Sister Roisin|
|2013||A Thousand Times Good Night|
|1998||Father Ted||Patsy||Episode: "Night of the Nearly Dead"|
|1999||DDU: District Detective Unit||Emma Pearson||Episodes: "The Gates of Eden: Part 1", "Unforgiven: Part 2"|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Irish Shop Assistant||Episode: "Wherein It Is Shewn How Oliver Twist Came to Be Born in Such Sad Circumstances"|
|1999||Queer as Folk||Marie Threepwood||Episodes: "1.5", "1.6"|
|2000||Queer as Folk||Marie Jones||Episode: "2.1"|
|2000||Fitz, TheThe Fitz||Rita||Episode: "Dirty Book Deal"|
|2002||No Tears||Kitty Fogarty||TV miniseries|
|2002||Home for Christmas||Cora Quirke||TV film|
|2003||Thursday the 12th||Nina Bannister||TV film|
|2006||Hide & Seek||Emma Holden||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2006||Sorted||Roisin||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2007-2010||Tudors, TheThe Tudors||Queen Catherine of Aragon||Main role (18 episodes)|
|2010||Dexter||Sonya||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2011||Corp & Anam||Mairéad Mhic Iarnáin||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2011||Downton Abbey||Vera Bates||Episodes: "2.1", "2.5", "2.6"|
|2012||Titanic||Muriel Batley||TV miniseries|
|2013||Orphan Black||Mrs. S||Regular role (10 episodes)|
Awards and nominations
- In 2003, Maria Doyle Kennedy was nominated for the IFTA award.
- In 2008, Maria Doyle Kennedy won both the Gemini award and the IFTA award.
- In 2009, Maria Doyle Kennedy won the IFTA award.
- Maria Doyle Kennedy at The Headline Agency
- "Boarderline". RTÉ News.
- Maria Doyle Kennedy Joins 'Dexter' Season
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 10, 2010). "Maria Doyle Kennedy Joins ‘Dexter’ Season". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- Blackburn, Jen (September 23, 2011). "I love playing the most hated woman in Britain". The Sun (London). Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- Maria Doyle Kennedy - her official website
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