|Date of Birth||6 May 1960, Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK|
|Height||5' 4" (1.63 m)|
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Roma was raised in Derry, then went to the Brighton Art College in England where she received her bachelor's. After that, she attended the London Drama Studio, where she was awarded Most Promising Student of the Year when she graduated. Roma was nominated for the Helen Hayes Best Actress Award in 1991 while touring the US with Abbey Theatre's production of "The Playboy of the Western World". Her stage credits include the Broadway production of "The Circle", opposite Rex Harrison, and some Off-Broadway Productions, including "Love's Labour's Lost", "Tamara" and "Arms and the Man". She is a beloved Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress from CBS hit series "Touched by an Angel and Producer of the TV smash hit "The Bible," in which she also play Mary the Mother of Jesus. Roma is married to producer Mark Burnett. They have three children, Reilly Marie Anspaugh, Cameron Burnett, and James Burnett.
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A celebrated, Emmy-nominated television and stage actress, Roma Downey is most known for her decade of work as the tenderhearted angel, Monica. She was in over 200 episodes of "Touched by an Angel" (1994)_ and reached a weekly audience of over 20 million. Even more impressive, her role as Mary the Mother of Jesus on "The Bible" series had an audience of over 100 million. Roma was also a producer on "The Bible" series as well as the subsequent feature film "Son of God", along with husband Mark Burnett under their LightWorkers Media Banner (LightWorkers Media [us]).
She is a producer, author, philanthropist, and a devoted wife and mother. Throughout the years, her work has inspired millions of people in USA and around the world
Roma Downey was born on May 6, 1960 in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK. She was raised in Northern Ireland. Roma has a B.A. from Brighton University and trained as an actress at the Drama Studio of London. Before moving to the United States she performed with The Abbey Theatre, Irelands National Theatre, and came to the USA with a production of "The Playboy of the Western World" and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Best Actress Award in 1991. On Broadway she made her debut opposite Rex Harrison in "The Circle", and performed with the New York Shakespeare Company, in productions by Shaw and Ibsen at the Roundabout Theatre Company and the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles. Roma also played Jacqueline Kennedy in the Emmy award winning six-hour mini series for NBC called A Woman Named Jackie (1991), was listed as one of Peoples most beautiful people of the year, and hosted Saturday Night Live.
Ms. Downey not only starred in, but executive produced seven television movies for CBS. Some of which were "Borrowed Hearts" with Eric Mc Cormack, "Second Honeymoon" with Tim Matheson and "Monday After the Miracle". She starred along side John Schneider in "Come Dance at My Wedding" and can be seen in "Keeping Up With The Randall's" both which will be on the Hallmark Channel.
Roma Downey also authored several books, among them: Love Is a Family, Son of God, Love Makes a Family Display, A Story of God and All of Us: A Novel, A Story of Easter and All of Us, A Story of God and All of Us: Inspirations for Every Day of the Year, and A Story of Christmas and All of Us. She has also hosted a series for the PAX Network called "Its A Miracle" and released an inspirational CD called "Healing Angel".
Ms. Downey's passions reach far beyond acting and producing, for many years she has been an active volunteer with the charity "Operation Smile". Operation Smile provides free surgeries for children who suffer from cleft lips or cleft palettes. Roma has been a big supporter and an active spokesperson for 15 years. She has also traveled on many international medical missions to Vietnam, Honduras and Nicaragua and was accompanied by her husband Mark Burnett and their three children, Reilly, James, and Cameron, to a mission in Jordan.
Roma teamed up with writer Phil Lollar ("Adventures in Odyssey") to produce an animated series, "Little Angels". The programs are built with solid Christian values and wonderful life lessons told in a way that young children will understand them. It has received numerous endorsements, including the Seal-of-Approval from the international organization, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
Back in 2012, Roma teamed up with her husband and renowned producer, Mark Burnett, to tell the story of "The Bible" on the History Channel. This five-part, 10-hour docudrama aired in 2013. The series was shot on location and used state-of-the art visual effects. Using up-to-the-minute production techniques, The Bible series was landmark television programming, combining unforgettable stories with live action and state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery (CGI). From Genesis to Revelation, History illuminated The Bible with revealing insights into the life and times of some of its most iconic characters. It will feature some of the most famous stories ever written - from Noah's Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion's Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible continues to be the best-selling book in America every year and last year alone, more than 25 million copies were sold.
Under their production Company LightWorkers Media (LightWorkers Media [us]), Roma nd Mark are working on a follow up series to the Bible for NBC called A.D., which follows the disciples, Jesus' mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders after Christ's crucifixion. LWM also acquired the rights to Alice Hoffman's epic tale of four women living in Massada, The Dovekeepers, which is being made into 4 hour minis series for CBS. Finally, LightWorkers is also producing Little Boy [us], following young American boy struggles to achieve the impossible...bring his father back from World War II, which will be released on February 27, 2015.
Downey will also be the Executive Producer on the retelling of Ben Hur. The project is helmed by MGM and Paramount Studios. Burnett will be a producer on the project and it will be released Feb. 26, 2016.
The Hollywood trade publication Variety recognized Downey as one of its '100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood.' The Hollywood Reporter included her and her husband in its 2013 'Rule Breakers' issue, a year-end celebration of innovators within the entertainment industry, and Downey won the 2014 'Movieguide Grace Award' for her role as Mother Mary. Downey was also honored on Variety's 'Women's Impact List' in 2013 and 2014.
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|Mark Burnett||(28 April 2007 - present)|
|David Anspaugh||(24 November 1995 - 15 March 1998) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Leland Orser||(1987 - 1989) (divorced)|
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|Touched by an Angel (1994)||$100,000 per episode|