Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Highest Rated: 99% Wolfwalkers (2020)

Lowest Rated: 28% Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Birthday: Sep 25, 1964

Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

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 life, but never considered it to be a career - let alone a stepping stone to acting - until she attended Trinity College, where Doyle Kennedy studied politics and economics. She developed friendships with musicians and soon began fronting bands, including an early incarnation of the acclaimed Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, whom she left in the mid-1980s, prior to the band recording their first album. She then formed The Black Velvet Band with her husband, Kieran Kennedy, which released several forgettable folk-rock albums before fizzling out sometime in the mid-1990s. 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" (2007-10), Showtime's lavish 10-part series depicting a conflicted monarch prior to his split from the Catholic Church.

Highest rated movies

Sing Street
The Commitments
The General
The Conjuring 2
A Thousand Times Goodnight
A Further Gesture
The Matchmaker
Moll Flanders




99% 98% Wolfwalkers Moll MacTíre (Voice) - 2020
80% 81% The Conjuring 2 Peggy Nottingham (Character) $102.5M 2016
95% 92% Sing Street Penny (Character) $3.2M 2016
28% 38% Jupiter Ascending Aleksa (Character) $47.4M 2015
71% 66% A Thousand Times Goodnight Unknown (Character) $53.0K 2013
No Score Yet 83% After the Triumph of Your Birth Sister Roisin (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 42% Tara Road Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 40% Mystics Foxy (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Tears Kitty Fogarty (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thursday the 12th Nina Bannister (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 7% Gregory's Two Girls Bel (Character) - 1999
39% 52% Miss Julie Christine (Character) $13.1K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Could Read the Sky Maggie (Character) - 1999
82% 81% The General Frances (Character) $1.2M 1998
67% No Score Yet A Further Gesture Roisin (Character) - 1997
50% 70% The Matchmaker Sarah Kelly (Character) $3.4M 1997
43% 72% Moll Flanders Alice (Character) $3.4M 1996
No Score Yet 50% Nothing Personal Ann (Character) $5.6K 1995
89% 90% The Commitments Natalie Murphy, Backup Singer (Character) $13.9M 1991


100% 80% Kin Unknown (Character) 2021
89% 90% Outlander Jocasta Cameron (Character) 2018
93% 92% Orphan Black Mrs. S (Character) 2013-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kat & Alfie: Redwater Roisin Kelly (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woodsongs Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Titanic Muriel Batley (Character) 2012
86% 93% Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Vera Bates (Guest Star) 2011
71% 80% Dexter Sonya (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Tears Kitty Fogarty (Character) 2002
93% 89% Father Ted Patsy (Character) 1998