Maria Doyle Kennedy
Dublin-born Maria Doyle Kennedy balances a film and television career, a recording and touring career as a singer/songwriter, and the parenting of four sons. She joined a band while still studying at Trinity College in the mid-1980s and made her film debut as a backup singer in the 1991 film The Commitments. Numerous film roles, including John Boorman's 1998 The General, and television roles in The Tudors and Dexter, have brought her to the attention of US audiences. She is slated to appear in Downton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes's 2012 television series Titanic.