Roma Downey

Roma Downey
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Born May 6, 1960 in Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Roma Downey is best known as Monica, the lead character on the popular CBS series "Touched by an Angel," which ran for nine seasons before wrapping in 2003. Along with costars Della Reese and John Dye, she played one of three angels sent to bring messages to humans on Earth.

She earned Golden Globe nominations in 1998 and 1999 and Emmy nominations in 1997 and 1998 for lead actress in a TV drama.

Among her executive producer credits are the Emmy-nominated documentary miniseries "The Bible" (she also played Mother Mary), the TV movie "Women of the Bible" and the TV series "A.D. The Bible Continues." Taking it to the big screen, she was also an executive producer on the 2016 film "Ben-Hur."

Downey and "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett, her frequent executive-producing partner, were married in April 2007 at a wedding officiated by Reese, an ordained minister. She was previously married to "Hoosiers" director David Anspaugh, with whom she has a daughter, Reilly Anspaugh.

The actress' star is No. 2,586 on the Walk of Fame.

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