Roma Downey

Roma Downey


5/6/1960, Derry City, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

Birth Name

Rosemary Downey


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Roma Downey is most famous for her starring role on the highly successful television show, Touched by an Angel. She earned a bachelor's degree at Brighton Art College in England, and later went on to attend the London Drama Studio where she starred in many of the classics:…more


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    • To get the role as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on the Emmy-winning, mini-series "A Woman Named Jackie" Roma beat out 400 other actresses. Once she got the role she had three weeks to lose her accent.

    • She appeared Off-Broadway in the productions of "Love's Labour's Lost," "Tamara" and "Arms and The Man."

    • She was in the Lifetime Original Movie "Getting Up And Going Home."

    • She has been in one CBS telepic that she was not a producer, this telepic is "A Child Is Missing."

    • She starred in and was Executive Producer on the CBS telepics "The Sons Of Mistletoe," "Second Honeymoon," "The Test Of Love," and "Monday After The Miracle."

    • She has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role as Monica on Touched by an Angel.

    • After actor Rex Harrison saw one of her preformances, he cast her opposite him in the Broadway production of "The Circle."

    • Roma released her debut album entitled, Healing Angel, under the RCA/Victor label. The album is a spoken word and Celtic music celebration.

    • She wrote a children's book titled Love Is a Family, which is about how some families consist of single parents or grandparents. The book is illustrated by Justine Gasquet and was released on September 4, 2001.

    • Roma owns an Irish Wolfhound named Finn McCool. Her family got him as a puppy in 2006.

    • She played the role of teacher Annie Sullivan in a TV re-make of The Miracle Worker, called "Monday After The Miracle," the story about Helen Keller's early years and her first communication specialist, angel, and friend.

    • As a child and as a teen, Ms. Downey lived near and was an acquaintance of singer, actress, and politician Dana Rosemary Scallon when both of their families resided in Derry, Northern Ireland.

    • She has two brothers, Lawrence and John, and two sisters, Jacinta McLaughlin and Ann Flood.

    • She can no longer play the piano even though she learned as a child.

    • Her favorite film is Brief Encounter made in 1945.

    • Her Touched by an Angel co-star, Della Reese, married her and her former husband, David Anspaugh, in 1996.

    • She was turned down for a part in a commercial for Irish Spring Soap because they said that she didn't sound Irish enough.

    • She was chosen by People Magazine in 1997 as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People In the World.

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