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Orphan Black puts Maria in line for award

DUBLIN actress Maria Doyle Kennedy, inset, is over the moon after she was nominated for a prestigious TV award in Canada.

However, the Tudors and Downton Abbey star is refusing to take much credit for her achievement.

The actress and musician received the nod for best supporting actress in a drama series at the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards for her role in Orphan Black.

Maria, who is looking forward to the awards bash later this year, lavished praise on her co-star whom she labelled as a "genius".

"I am very honoured to have been nominated for a Canadian screen award for my work in Orphan Black," Maria told the Diary.

"But the real credit goes to Tatiana Maslany, the lead actor and my stepdaughter in the show.

"She's a genius," added the actress.

The 49-year-old starred as Mrs S in the BBC America science fiction production, which has proved a huge hit with Canadian TV audiences since it was first screened last year.

Orphan Black has dominated the small screen nominations, with 14 nods in total.