Fans of the TV show Orphan Black might be used to seeing Maria Doyle Kennedy wielding a gun, a knife, or a vat of sulphuric acid as the unpredictable revolutionary "Mrs. S."

In fact, she's up for a Canadian Screen Award for that role.

But the actress — whom viewers will also know from shows like The TudorsDownton Abbey and Dexter —  is also a singer-songwriter, with a voice that's been hailed as a national treasure in her native Ireland.

Doyle Kennedy is playing the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield on Feb. 27 and as she told CBC Ottawa's All In A Day, both elements of her life involve one important skill.

"The best thing anybody ever told me about acting — and I think it's probably true for life, generally — is listen," said Doyle Kennedy.

"You've really got to watch, and you've really got to listen. Not see and hear."

Hone your own listening skills and check out Doyle Kennedy's interview with All In A Day host Alan Neal in the audio player.

You can also enjoy the entire uncut interview here.