Maria Doyle Kennedy is an Irish singer, songwriter, and actress. With a singing and acting career that has spanned nearly 30 years, she has established herself as one of Ireland's most prolific artists and entertainers. As an actress, she is best known for her extensive television roles as Patsy on Father Ted (1998), Catherine of Aragon on The Tudors (2007–2010), Vera Bates on Downton Abbey (2011), and Siobhán Sadler on Orphan Black (2013–2017). As a musician, she is well known for her world-wide hit folk albums Mütter and Sing. Her new self-titled album was released in 2017.
|I didn't go to drama school or anything, and I learned on the job. And it's nice to have the chance to pretend to be other people. As a singer, though, I feel there's much more of me in that. I've written the songs, I'm singing them, I'm exposing my feelings.|
|I like singing practically more than anything else, and I want to be the best, but I don't want to sacrifice time with my children.||Time|
|I think everybody likes to play the villain. They're always much more interesting characters.|
|Music just makes sense to me. I don't ever worry when I'm singing. It's the safest place. I am a bit of worrier.||Music, Chants & Rapps|
|Women are often expected to be more amiable or more pleasing or more submissive than men generally.||Women|