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 also starred. She also starred in Outlander, as did Ed Speleers and Douglas Reith.

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