Actress, Producer Roma Downey Gets Hollywood Star

The 65-year-old actress is best known for her role in the CBS drama "Touched by an Angel."

Roma Downey will be honored with the 2,586th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday for a career that has brought her Emmy nominations as an actress and producer.

Downey's husband, producer Mark Burnett, her co-star on the 1994-2003 CBS drama "Touched by an Angel" Della Reese, and Pastor Rick Warren will join Downey in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of The Supply Sergeant on Hollywood Boulevard.

The star is next to her husband's. The ceremony comes eight days before the release of the fifth film version of the epic tale of revenge "Ben-Hur," on which Downey and Burnett were among the executive producers.

Born May 6, 1960, in Derry, Northern Ireland, Downey first became known to an American audience for her portrayal of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 1991 NBC miniseries "A Woman Named Jackie."

Downey received Emmy nominations in 1997 and 1998 for her role as angel Monica in "Touched by an Angel." She also received a producing Emmy in 2013 for outstanding miniseries or movie for History's "The Bible," in which she also portrayed Jesus' mother Mary, a role she repeated in the 2014 film "Son of God," which she also produced.

Downey's other producing credits include the miniseries "A.D. The Bible Continues" and "The Dovekeepers." She is president of LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM.

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