Actress pursues philanthropy and works for the History Channel series ‘The Bible’
Please tell us what has happened to Roma Downey, who played the part of Monica in the TV series “Touched by an Angel.”
—Garth Batt, Tuolumne, Calif.
Since leaving “Touched by an Angel,” Downey’s goal has been to use her talents to continue to bring God’s message of love to the world. Toward that end, the Northern Ireland-born actress worked for 18 months to create the DVD series “Little Angels,” to impart the message to preschoolers.
More recently, she served as the executive producer, along with husband Mark Burnett, 52, of the History Channel series “The Bible,” which she describes as “gritty, realistic and authentic.”
The youngest of six children, Downey’s father was a teacher and her mother a homemaker. She graduated from Brighton Art College in England with a bachelor’s degree before studying acting at the London Drama Studio. She was in her 20s when she moved to the States to pursue her acting career.
Downey makes time in her schedule to be a spokesperson for Operation Smile, a children’s charity that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. Her interest stems from a cleft palate story featured in the first season of “Touched by an Angel.”
Downey, 52, married Burnett, the man behind such reality series as “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “The Voice” and “Shark Tank,” in 2007. Their wedding ceremony was officiated by “Touched by an Angel” co-star Della Reese.