Maria Doyle Kennedy (Born as Maria Josephine Doyle on 25th September, 1964; Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland) is the actress who portrayed Vera Bates in series two of Downton Abbey.
She is a noted singer and as an actress is probably best known for her portrayal of Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors, in which Allen Leech, Max Brown, Kevin Doyle, and Catherine Steadman also starred. She starred in Outlander, as did Ed Speleers, Brendan Patricks, Julian Wadham, and Douglas Reith. She appeared in Julian Fellowes's 2012 miniseries Titanic, along with Jonathan Howard and Stephen Campbell Moore.
She appeared in the film Jupiter Ascending alongside Jeremy Swift, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Tuppence Middleton.
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