A celebrated, Emmy® nominated actress and producer Roma Downey is best known for her nine seasons as the tender-hearted angel on the hit CBS television show “Touched by an Angel” for which Ms. Downey earned multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® best actress nominations.
Born in Ireland and classically trained in London, Ms. Downey has performed on stage with the famed Abbey Theatre Company and has appeared both on and off Broadway. She played the leading role of Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the Emmy® award winning six hour miniseries for NBC ‘A Woman Named Jackie.’ Ms. Downey not only starred in, but executive produced seven television movies for The CBS network, among them ‘Borrowed Hearts’ with Eric McCormack and ‘Second Honeymoon’ with Tim Matheson.
Downey is President of LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM Television and also serves as the chief content officer for the planned OTT channel. Together with her husband Mark Burnett, they produced the Emmy® nominated mini series, ‘The Bible’ for History Channel which was watched by over 100 million people in the US alone. ‘The Bible’ became the fastest selling DVD in the last 5 years. Downey and Burnett have also produced ‘Son of God’ a feature film that stunned the box office as the 2nd highest faith movie opening of all time. The Hollywood trade publication Variety recognized Downey and Burnett as “Trailblazers” and listed Downey as Variety’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood.’ The Hollywood Reporter included the couple in their ‘Most Influential People of 2013’ Downey won the 2014 ‘Movie Guide Grace Award’ for her role as Mother Mary. Downey was also honored on Variety’s Women of Impact in 2014. Together, Downey and Burnett have recently produced “The Women of the Bible” for LIFETIME, ‘The Dovekeepers’ for CBS, ‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ for NBC, “Answered Prayers” for TLC the feature film “Little Boy” for Open Road Films and “Woodlawn” for Pure Flix. The couple is currently producing a new series for NASCAR as well as producing the epic feature film Ben-Hur, a reimagining of the classic story with MGM and Paramount, set to release Summer 2016. She is currently developing a series based on the best selling Baxter Family novels and producing a new series for NASCAR and more recently formed a partnership with Republic Records to release The Voice Season 9 victor and the show’s best-selling artist Jordan Smith’s new album “Something Beautiful”.