Roma Downey is an Emmy®-nominated producer and actress who has been creating inspirational content for 25 years, and shares a beautiful message of hope in her New York Times bestseller Box of Butterflies. Born in Northern Ireland, she was classically trained in London. She has performed on stage with the famed Abbey Theater and has appeared both on and off Broadway. For almost a decade, Roma starred on the hit CBS show, “Touched by an Angel.” In her role as the tender-hearted angel, Monica, she garnered multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Downey is the President of LightWorkers Media, the joint venture owned by MGM, Downey and her husband Mark Burnett. Under the LightWorkers Media banner, Downey and Burnett produced “The Bible” series on HISTORY that was viewed by more than 100 million people in the U.S. alone and was nominated for three Emmy awards. Downey and Burnett also produced the feature film “Son of God” that stunned the box office when it became one of the highest faith movie openings of all time. Downey also won the Movie Guide Grace Award for her role as Mother Mary in the film. In 2016, Downey received the Irish Diaspora Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Screen from the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) as well as a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood trade publication Variety recognized Downey as a "Trailblazer" and The Hollywood Reporter profiled her on its 100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood issue and featured her and Burnett in their list of Most Influential People of 2013. In 2014, Downey was also honored as a woman of impact in Variety’s 2014 Women’s Impact Report.
In addition to “The Bible” and “Son of God,” Downey and Burnett have produced numerous television series under LightWorkers Media including "The Women of the Bible" for Lifetime, “The Dovekeepers" for CBS, "A.D. The Bible Continues" for NBC, and “Answered Prayers” for TLC. They were also executive producers on the feature films “Little Boy” for Open Road Films, “Woodlawn” for PureFlix, “Ben-Hur” for MGM and Paramount and the documentary “Faithkeepers” about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle-East. Additionally LightWorkers produced “Resurrection” which aired on discovery plus, “Messiah” and “Country Ever After” for Netflix and “Redeeming Love” based on the best-selling book by Francine Rivers coming later this year and will produce “On A Wing And A Prayer” for MGM starring Dennis Quaid.
Downey sees her label come to life as a digital platform and movement. The mission of LightWorkers.com is to create and curate engaging, empowering and inspirational short-form content and to build a community of sharing, while igniting a movement that motivates people to share the good all around them.