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.