Roma Downey

Actor, Producer, Author
This dark-haired actress from war-torn Northern Ireland studied art and acting in England before coming to the US in 1986. Shortly after arriving, Downey made her off-Broadway debut in the environmental theater piece ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1960 in Northern Ireland, , GB

Filmography

Actor (52)

Women of the Bible 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Narrator

Son of God 2014 (Movie)

Mary/Mother Of Jesus (Actor)

The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Bible 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping Up With the Randalls 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's a Miracle 1998 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Host

Promised Land 1998 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hairy Tale 2003 (Movie)

Megan Dean (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sons of Mistletoe 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

InStyle Celebrity Moms 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Roma Downey 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Honeymoon 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test of Love 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

More True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Before Your Eyes: Don't Take My Daddy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Della Reese: Outspoken Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Greatest Holiday Stories 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Marry Me! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles and Visions (Fact or Fiction?) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels Among Us 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Word 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Devlin 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Child Is Missing (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Named Jackie (TV Show)

Actor

Come Dance at My Wedding (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Up and Going Home (TV Show)

Actor

Monday After the Miracle (TV Show)

Actor

New Year (TV Show)

Actor

The Survivors Club (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Ben-Hur (Remake) 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A.D. 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Little Boy 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dovekeepers 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Son of God 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This dark-haired actress from war-torn Northern Ireland studied art and acting in England before coming to the US in 1986. Shortly after arriving, Downey made her off-Broadway debut in the environmental theater piece, "Tamara" (1987), and her TV debut in a recurring role on the ABC soap "One Life to Live". She played the ingenue in the 1989 Broadway revival of Somerset Maugham's "The Circle" in the eminent company of Rex Harrison, Glynis Johns and Stewart Granger. Downey received notice portraying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from age 16 to 60 in the 1991 NBC mini-series "A Woman Named Jackie." Although criticized by Kennedy loyalists, the miniseries did well in the ratings and Downey spent the next two years starring in a variety of TV-movies made for both cable and the broadcast networks, as well as in the syndicated "Hercules and the Amazon Women" (1994). Among Downey's more notable TV-movies were "Devlin" (Showtime, 1992) in which she portrayed a compassionate girlfriend, and "Getting Up and Going Home" (Lifetime, 1992) in which she was again the girlfriend; this time to a married man simultaneously involved with three women. Such non-virginal roles did not keep Downey from being cast in "Touched By an Angel," a 1994 CBS pilot. Downey portrayed Monica, an apprentice angel just promoted to caseworker, with Tess (Della Reese) as her advisor. While the pilot had dark elements, when CBS put the project on its fall 1994 schedule, the tenor of the series became more spiritually motivated. At first, "Touched By an Angel" was practically overlooked by critics and was near death on CBS' Wednesday night schedule. But the network moved the show behind "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" on Saturday nights in February 1995 and by the fall, it was winning its time period. The show was one of the few network series to openly affirm the existence of a deity, and to speak of God "having a plan" for the characters whose lives Downey's angel affected. Her lilting, yet not overbearing, Irish accent helped give the series a charming edge. The success of the series helped lift Downey's profile, and she starred in "The Last Word" (Showtime, 1995) and "A Child is Missing" (CBS, 1995).

Relationships

David Anspaugh Director

Husband
Married Nov. 24, 1995 Divorced March 15, 1998

Reilly Anspaugh

Daughter
Born June 3, 1996; father, David Anspaugh

Mark Burnett Executive Producer

Husband
Began dating January 2004 Engaged Thanksgiving weekend 2006 Married April 28, 2007 in a private ceremony at their home in Malibu, CA; Downey's "Touched By An Angel" co-star Della Reese officiated wedding

Patrick Downey

Father
Died of a heart attack c. 1984

Maureen Downey

Mother
Acted in local theater productions Died of a heart attack at age 48 c. 1973

John Downey

Brother
Older

Lawrence Downey

Brother
Older

Pat Downey

Brother
Older

Ann Flood

Sister

Jacinta McLaughlin

Sister

Michael Nouri Executive Producer

Companion
Reportedly dated 2001 No longer together

Leland Orser Executive Producer

Husband
Married 1987 Divorced 1989

EDUCATION

Brighton College

1984

London Drama Studio

Ealing 1984

Milestones

2013

With husband Mark Burnett, co-executive produced miniseries "The Bible" (History Channel); also played Mary, mother of Christ

2004

Guest starred on "The Division" (Lifetime)

1999

Released New Age album Healing Angel

1998

Hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

1998

Made producing debut with CBS TV movie "Monday After the Miracle"; also starred as Annie Sullivan

1994

Co-starred as Tess, a novice spirit on CBS drama series "Touched By an Angel"

1991

Appeared on short-lived NBC series "Disney Presents 'The Lives of Black Jack Savage'"

1991

Starred as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in six-hour NBC miniseries "A Woman Named Jackie"

1989

Made Broadway debut in "The Circle"

1988

Landed small role as a British aristocrat on ABC soap "One Life to Live"

1987

Off-Broadway debut, "Tamara"

1986

Moved to the U.S.with then-husband Leland Orser

Left Northern Ireland at age 18 to attend art school in England

Grew up as a member of Northern Ireland's Catholic minority in Derry

Appeared in off-Broadway productions of "Ghosts," "Love's Labour's Lost," and "Arms and the Man"

Bonus Trivia

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The name Roma was a contraction of her grandmothers' names Rose and Mary.

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Downey on portraying Jackie Kennedy Onassis: "I was in a whirlwind. It was a montage of costume fittings and horseback riding lessons. The whole experience was very exciting for me, especially because I was an Irish actress playing one of the most famous American women."

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