Maria Doyle Kennedy Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 16 Apr, 2021
Facts of Maria Doyle Kennedy
Date of Birth: 1964 , September-25
Age: 56 years old
Birth Nation: Ireland
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Maria Doyle Kennedy
Birth Name Maria Josephine Doyle
Nationality Irish
Birth Place/City Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Profession Actress, Singer
Net Worth $1 million
Eye Color Grey
Hair Color Black
Face Color Fair
Famous for As Siobhan Sadler in 'Orphan Black'
Married Yes
Married to Kieran Kennedy
Children 4
Education Trinity College (in Dublin)
Awards Irish Film & Television Award, Canadian Screen Award
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
Music Group The Black Velvet Band (until 1996)
Movies The Commitments (1991), The General (1998), Sing Street (2016), The Conjuring 2 (2016)
TV Show The Tudors (2007-10), Dexter (2010), Downton Abbey (2011), Titanic (2012), Orphan Black (2013-17), Outlander (2018-20)
Siblings 2
Albums Charm (2001), Mütter (2007), La Sirena 1992-1997 (2011), Mütter's Daughter (2015), Maria Doyle Kennedy (2017)
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For Irish-born singer & actress Maria Doyle Kennedy who studied political science and business at Trinity College, showbiz was never a serious passion until her head nod towards it as a profession by the late 80s. Formerly, a member of The Black Velvet Band, Kennedy took a singing career with the band & later as a solo, having released songs such as How You Remind Me, Forty Days, Yes We Will, Sing, & others.

In addition to her mesmerizing vocals in folk-rock songs, the Dublin native branched prominence in her on-screen career as well. Throughout her journey of more than 3 decades, she named herself among the most prolific entertainers & is widely famous for works in Outlander (2018- 20), Orphan Black (2014-17), The Conjuring 2 (2016), and The Tudors (2007-10).

How Much Is Maria Doyle Kennedy's Net Worth In 2021?

Born Maria Josephine Doyle, the Call the Midwife actress, for sure, enjoys the perks of her successful venture in the music & acting industry. With the dedication in her career for more than 3 decades, she accumulates an estimated net worth of $1 million in 2021.

Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her husband & children, the Irish music as well as a TV figure has earned fame worldwide; notably with Hollywood's box-office success The Conjuring 2 (2016). Not to mention, Kennedy's journey with The Black Velvet Band opened up a path to music prominence, followed by her career as a solo artist (has released 9 studio albums).

Online sources estimate that her husband, Kieran Kennedy, also a member of The Black Velvet Band, is worth $500,000 at the moment. Together, Maria and Kieran run a production company Mermaid Productions since 2007; at first, they were releasing music independently through their Mermaid Records (formed in 2000) and established the company after collaborations grew.

Mother Of 4 Children- Married Life & Relationship Beginning

Ever since the two times Irish Film & Television Award winner and Kieran Kennedy married in 1988, they are together. It was after a year of their marriage, Maria went professional in the music career & later jumped into acting as well. Moreover, she took the surname of her husband 'Kennedy' & since is known with the stage name 
Maria Doyle Kennedy.

The duo shares 4 children including a child from Kieran's previous relationship; all sons: Jesse James,  Salvador, Lewis & Daniel.

CAPTION: Outlander actress & former member of The Black Velvet Band, Maria Doyle with her husband Kieran Kennedy SOURCE: Zimbio

While at college, Maria found her passion in singing and would perform gigs; it was in one of the performances when she met Kieran- the latter invited her to sing one of his demos. The chemistry of music interest between the two soon turned into a romantic relationship.

They even joined The Black Velvet Band and contributed to two albums before the band's deformation in 1996. After that, the Mütter singer took a solo music career and has seen huge support from her spouse & kids.

Professional Career In Music and Acting

Influenced by music figures such as Billie HolidayJohn PrineDónal Lunny, Maria Doyle showed her interest in singing since an early age, but never sought formal education in music or had thought of pursuing a career.  While at Trinity College, from where she earned a joint honors degree in political science and business, the future Irish artist was at the band Hothouse Flowers in the mid-80s.

Upon graduation, through her husband Kieran Kennedy's support, she went professional as a singer & joined The Black Velvet Band until the mid-90s. With the band, she released two albums: When Justice Came (1989) and King of Myself (1992).

Then, the alternative folk & country-folk singer pursued a career as a solo artist & has released 9 studio albums from her own record label Mermaid Records:

  • Charm (August 2001)
  • Skullcover (September 2004)
  • Mütter (May 2007)
  • The Storms Are on the Ocean (January 2011)
  • La Sirena 1992-1997 (June 2011)
  • Sing (September 2012)
  • Maria Live (March 2014)
  • Mütter's Daughter (June 2015)
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy (September 2017)

On-Screen Breakthrough & Success

Following an acting debut in 1991 through The Commitments, Maria Doyle Kennedy worked in a bunch of movies throughout the 90s: Moll Flanders (1996), The MatchMaker (1997), The General (1998), and Miss Julie (1999).

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominee saw brief TV appearances in Oliver Twist, Queer as FolkNo Tears,  Hide & Seek, and Sorted, before career breakthrough as Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors (2007- 10, 17 episodes), starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill & Sam Neill.

Until the mid-2010s, she worked as a recurring cast in the TV series: Dexter (2010), Corp & Anam (2011-14), Downton Abbey (2011), & Titanic (2012).

CAPTION: Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler in the TV series Orphan Black SOURCE: IMDB

From 2013 to 2017, Maria portrayed Siobhán Sadler in 40 episodes of Orphan Black co-starring Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris & Kevin Hanchard; it won her Canadian Screen Award in 2014

In 2016, the Irish TV & film actress worked in two acclaimed films, Sing Street and The Conjuring 2 (made $320.4 million in the box office).

It followed her TV works in Striking Out (2018), Outlander (2018-2020), and Cold Courage (2020). As per IMDB, her upcoming projects include The Wheel of Time (TV series, 2021) and Kin (post-production).

Maria Doyle Kennedy Short-Bio- What's Her Age & Height?

Born on September 25, 1964, in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland, Maria Doyle grew up in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, and Bray, County Wicklow. She is one of 3 children; has a brother & a sister. Her father worked as a broker. Since her family had a tradition of 'party pieces' & gatherings, she would sing in the parties that printed her with interest & encouragement to singing.

As of April 2021, the Outlander actress, who stands 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall, is 56 years old.

Doyle is an avid Instagram (@mariadoylekennedy) & Twitter (@mariadkennedy) user with more than 55.9K and 50.8K followers respectively.

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