Roma Downey
Actress, producer
Roma Downey
Roma Downey is an actress, singer, and producer, from Derry, Northern Ireland. She is best known as Monica the kind hearted angel on the successful American TV series Touched by an Angel. For her role as Monica, Ms Downey, earned several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for "best leading actress in a drama series" She is currently executive producer on a new epic mini series The Bible to air 3.3.13 on History Channel.
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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gene Wilder With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - 6 months
Following the news of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday, celebrities came together online to remember the late star.  Harry Connick Jr., Mel Brooks and Tony Goldwyn, among many others, took to Twitter to share touching notes about the screen icon, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and his work in Mel Brooks comedies like “Blazing Saddles.”  Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship. — Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016 so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder... such an incredible man... i'll miss you ❤️ — Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016 Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zK0v4d70gh — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016 RIP # ...
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Roma Downey and Mark Burnett on why they remade 'Ben-Hur'
Fox News - 6 months
Husband and wife producers discuss
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Selma Blair Honored By Operation Smile Dressed in Bright Yellow Gown
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Selma Blair at Operation Smile Gala Photo Credit: Vince Bucci Photography The stars were shining brightly at the Operation Smile Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Selma Blair received the Universal Smile Award. The Legally Blonde actress was dressed in a canary yellow A-line gown garnished with black lace as she walked the red carpet and received her award. Other Hollywood stars in attendance included Rhea and Mark Wahlberg, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, Geena Davis, Ashley Green, Gavin Rossdale, Kate Upton and Whitney Cummings. Singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield was also dressed in bright yellow as she performed three songs, including her Grammy nominated song "Unwritten," from her first album with the same title. TV Personality Brooke Burke-Charvet, Operation Smile Ambassador and the evening's host, welcomed guests and provided a heartfelt overview of the mission of Operation Smile. She noted that the organization "has transformed lives across the g ...
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Roma Downey and Mark Burnett Talk About Casting Jesus at the WSJ Café
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, a power couple in television, stopped by the WSJ Café to talk about their fight to bring more faith-themed programming to the small screen.
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Roma Downey, Mark Burnett on 'A.D. The Bible Continues'
Fox News - almost 2 years
Miniseries focuses on Bible
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'A.D The Bible Continues' explores aftermath of crucifixion
Fox News - almost 2 years
Roma Downey, Mark Burnett weigh in
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Roma Downey on 'A.D.' miniseries: 'People are hungry for stories of faith'
Fox News - almost 2 years
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett 's spiritual journey through biblical history continues on Easter Sunday when NBC premieres "A.D. The Bible Continues." 
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Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker Set to Perform on NBC’s “TODAY” Show
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
NBC currently has two musical guests listed for upcoming editions of its “TODAY” Show, and both are solo country performers. Cole Swindell, whose performance is nearest, is slated for the March 25 episode. Swindell’s “TODAY” Show gig will come just days after his latest single “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” is officially named the number one song at country radio. Darius Rucker is also scheduled for an upcoming “TODAY” Showcase. NBC has the “Homegrown Honey” artist listed for its Tuesday, March 31 installment. NBC’s full “TODAY” listings follow: Monday, March 23 (7-9 a.m.) The cast of Mad Men on Today. Al Pacino on Danny Collins. The cast of Furious 7 on Today. Today’s Kitchen. (9-10 a.m.) The cast of Furious 7 on Today. Pop Fix. Waterproof spring fashion. Harlan Coben on his book, The Stranger. (10-11 a.m.) The cast of Mad Men on Today. Monte Durham on Say Yes to the Prom. Joy Fit Club. Favorite Things. Tuesday, March 24 (7-9 a.m.) Pretty Woman cast reunion. Keir Simmo ...
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Rick Warren, Other Christian Leaders To Rent Out Theaters For 'Son Of God' Premiere
Huffington Post - about 3 years
(RNS) Christian leaders, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren, plan to rent every screen in numerous multiplex theaters across 10 cities for the premiere of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s upcoming Jesus film, “Son of God,” on Feb. 27. The unusual move reflects the confidence Christian leaders have in Burnett and Downey’s work in the wake of “The Bible,” a hit miniseries on the History channel. The “Son of God,” an adaption from “The Bible” series, opens in theaters nationwide Feb. 28. Many religious leaders are citing the movie as a natural opportunity to evangelize. Warren may have a vested interest in the film, since he wrote a curriculum tied to the movie and published by LifeWay Christian Resources. Cinemark Theaters is scheduling a few large-scale buyouts on Feb. 27, said James Meredith, head of marketing and communications. “The interest level for meetings, events, screenings and buyouts seems to be on par with that of major blockbuster, tentpole or franchise movies,” ...
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Damon Lindelof And Marc Cherry Moved From Network To Cable And Never Looked Back
Popeater - about 3 years
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Creators of two of the most indelible dramas on network television last decade, "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," are making programs for cable networks now, and they speak with the zeal of the happily converted. "Now that we're all here together, we can definitively agree that cable is far superior to network," said Damon Lindelof, who worked on ABC's "Lost" and is making a similarly complex new program for HBO, "The Leftovers." The changing balance of power — and how proud broadcasters are fighting back — is the subtext to meetings with television industry leaders and reporters in Pasadena this month. Nowhere is that more clear than in the field of dramas. Once often content to air reruns, cable networks are busy establishing themselves as creators. There are 180 scripted original series on cable this year, up from 22 in 2002, said John Landgraf, FX network chief. Services like Netflix are jumping in, too. More important than numbers is the perception th ...
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Bible Films Mix Hollywood And Holy Book
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK (RNS) Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream films: the Bible. Nearly 10 years after the blockbuster success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which earned $611.9 million worldwide, studios are looking to the Good Book for good material. Future films include: * LD Entertainment is financially backing ”Resurrection,” a drama set immediately after Jesus’ death and directed by “Hatfields & McCoys” director Kevin Reynolds. * Paramount will release “Noah,” a $125 million adaptation starring Russell Crowe in 2014. * 20th Century Fox is developing “Exodus,” a Moses film starring Christian Bale. * Warner Bros. has another Moses-themed film titled “Gods And Kings,” which Steven Spielberg flirted with directing. * Warner Bros. also is working on a film on Pontius Pilate, rumored to possibly include Brad Pitt. * Sony is producing Will Smith’s “The Redemption of Cain,” on the sibling rivalry of Cain and ...
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Sneak peek: TV's 'The Bible' resurrected for big screen
USA Today - over 3 years
Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey will release 'Son of God' on Feb. 28.
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‘The Bible’ creator praises the Pope for pro gay comments, talks series success
Fox News - over 3 years
"I think the Pope is a real blessing to the world," Roma Downey told FOX411. "He's brought in some new hope, healing and grace with his desire to focus on loving each other and surely that is what Jesus taught us. I think he's a Pope of Hope."
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Christians In Middle East Oppose Syria Strike, Military Intervention
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK (RNS) As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a global evangelical group said Wednesday (Sept. 4) that Christians in the Middle East oppose military intervention in Syria. “There is major consensus amongst the Christian leaders in this region that any military intervention would have a detrimental effect … on Christians in Syria,” wrote Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general/CEO of World Evangelical Alliance, in a letter to the State Department, the White House and the United Nation’s Security Council. Tunnicliffe was attending a meeting of Christian leaders in neighboring Jordan that included California megachurch pastor Rick Warren, “Touched by an Angel” actress Roma Downey and her “Survivor” creator husband Mark Burnett. The group, convened by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, met with about 70 Middle Eastern Christians to discuss the challenges facing Arab Christians. “I couldn’t find a Christian leader at the conference ...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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"The Bible" Miniseries Gets Emmy Nominations
CBN - over 3 years
  HISTORY's hit miniseries The Bible has been nominated for three Emmy Awards. The Mark Burnett and Roma Downey-produced series shares the Outsanding Miniseries or Movie category with American Horror Story: Asylum, Behind the Candelabra, Phil Spector, Political Animals and Top of the Lake. The Bible also received nominations for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie. This past spring, when The Bible first aired on HISTORY, Hollywood Insight and CBN.com gave you an inside look at Burnett’s 10-hour miniseries chronicling major historical events stories as told in God's Word. (Check out the in-depth webpage: Experience 'The Bible').   Burnett, who is famous for producing hit reality TV shows such as The Voice and Survivor, along with his wife/actress Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel), dedicated themselves to seeing this project done, hoping it would inspire the faithful to dig into the Bible more an ...
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NBC Is All About 'The Bible'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — NBC says it will air a sequel to the hit cable miniseries "The Bible." The network said Monday that it will join with producer Mark Burnett and his actress-wife, Roma Downey, on the sequel. Burnett and Downey produced "The Bible" for the History channel. Downey starred in "Touched by an Angel" and also played Jesus Christ's mother, Mary, in the miniseries that aired earlier this year. NBC says the sequel has the working title "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" and will open in the days following Christ's death. Casting and an air date haven't been announced. Burnett's producing credits include the NBC series "The Voice" and "Celebrity Apprentice."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roma Downey
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    On August 11, 2016, Downey received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Della Reese, Rick Warren, and husband, Mark Burnett, spoke at the Ceremony on Downey's behalf. Her star is located next to the star of husband, Burnett. As President of LightWorkers Media, a division of MGM, Downey together with her husband Mark Burnett produced the Emmy-nominated miniseries The Bible for History channel which was watched by over 100 million people in the United States alone. Downey and Burnett also produced the feature film version Son of God (2014). Variety recognized Downey and Burnett as "Trailblazers" and listed Downey as one of Variety's "100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood", The Hollywood Reporter included the couple in their "Most Influential People of 2013" and Downey as one of the "100 Women in Entertainment Power" in 2014. She was honored on Variety's "Women of Impact in 2014". Downey and Burnett also produced The Dovekeepers for CBS and A.D. The Bible Continues for NBC, Women of the Bible for Lifetime, and Answered Prayers for TLC.
    Downey executive produced a re-telling of Ben-Hur, starring Jack Huston, which was released in August 2016.
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    In February 2016, Downey and Burnett were the keynote speakers at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.
    More Details Hide Details They were the first husband and wife to keynote the National Prayer Breakfast, speaking in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama.
  • 2015
    Age 54
    In December 2015, MGM acquired the remaining 45% of Hearst’s, Burnett’s and Downey‘s interests in United Artists Media Group (UAMG), which was absorbed under the MGM Television Group umbrella.
    More Details Hide Details Downey remains President of LightWorkers Media, which became the Faith & Family division of MGM.
    In July 2015, Downey released Answered Prayers for TLC, a series about modern day miracles and divine intervention.
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    Downey has been producing content for the big screen as well. Along with Burnett, she has produced Little Boy, which was released in February 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 52
    In December 2013, CBS announced a new miniseries with Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett, The Dovekeepers based on the New York Times Bestseller by Alice Hoffman.
    More Details Hide Details The miniseries aired in 2015. In September 2014, MGM acquired a 55% interest in One Three Media and Lightworkers Media. The two companies consolidated into a new film and television company, United Artists Media Group. Burnett became UA's CEO and Downey became president of LightWorkers Media.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    Downey is the executive producer of the animated video series, Little Angels, which was released on DVD with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on February 14, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She released a YouTube video with Cee-Lo Green, "Mary Did You Know", that went viral with almost 3 million views.
  • 2011
    Age 50
    Downey is a "Smile Ambassador" for the non-profit organization Operation Smile which provides surgeries for children around the world who were born with severe cleft lip and palate. She supported the unsuccessful candidacy of Martin McGuinness for President of Ireland in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Downey received the Sally Award by the Salvation Army for her contribution to entertainment and helping those in need on 1 October 2015. Downey was raised a Roman Catholic. On 18 April 2009, Downey and Burnett delivered the keynote address and accepted an honorary doctorate of law at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management commencement ceremony. In 2010, Downey graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a master's degree in spiritual psychology. Downey also has two honorary degrees; a Doctor of Fine Art (DFA) from the University of Ulster for her outstanding contribution to acting and philanthropy and a Doctor of Letters from Nyack College. In 1999, Downey signed with RCA Victor Records and recorded a CD called Healing Angel, released on 14 September 1999.
    On 16 July 2011, She appeared with actress Marion Ross in the made-for-TV movie Keeping up with the Randalls, broadcast on the Hallmark Channel.
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    On May 24, 2011, Downey and husband Mark Burnett announced they were producing a 10-hour docudrama for the History channel, The Bible, based on stories from the Bible scheduled to air in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details They began planning it in 2009 and lined up their own financing. The full production cost was $22 million USD. Downey and Burnett wanted to stay as true to the content in the Bible as possible so they put together a wide variety of pastors and academics to review the script and filming. For example, they worked with Pastors Joel Osteen and Rick Warren and academics such as Craig A. Evans and Mark Goodacre. The Bible has been watched by over 100 million viewers in the United States alone The series has been the number one downloaded series in iTunes and ranked number 2 on Amazon's best sellers in movies and television. An under 2½ hour re-cut of the series meant for a theatrical release was released on 28 February 2014 in the United States, under the title Son of God. The Bible was nominated for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.' It was Downey and Burnett's first collaboration as producers. Downey played the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus in the later stages of his life. The Bible was filmed in 2012 in Morocco.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, she starred in the movie Come Dance at My Wedding alongside John Schneider.
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  • 2007
    Age 46
    They wed on 28 April 2007 in their Malibu home.
    More Details Hide Details Her Touched by an Angel co-star, Della Reese, officiated at the wedding.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 33
    Her role as Jacqueline Kennedy led to her most famous role, as the angel Monica, on the CBS series Touched by an Angel, opposite singer-actress, Della Reese, which ran from 1994 to 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She received one nomination and one win at the TV Guide awards for favorite actress and also won two Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. Downey has said the character Monica interested her because it was a strong female role, which were "few and far between" and for its spiritual aspects: It was pilot season of ‘94 and I was reading through endless junk scripts that were being sent my way. Typically the roles were to play his wife or his girlfriend — leading roles for women were few and far between. Suddenly a very unusual script turned up. "Now this is curious," I remember thinking. Because I'm a person of faith, the spiritual aspects got my attention. Also, the actress in me was delighted to read a show that had not one but two strong female roles - female angels. I was to audition for Monica and I very much liked Della Reese, who of course ended up playing Tess.
  • 1992
    Age 31
    Downey played the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the American television miniseries A Woman Named Jackie (1991) which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries in 1992.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on May 6, 1960.
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