Roma Downey (born 6 May, 1960) is an actress, singer, and producer, from Derry, Northern Ireland. She is best known as Tess's angel/employee in the successful American TV series Touched by an Angel. She is also the wife of television producer Mark Burnett. Downey was born and raised in Derry. She attended grammar school at Thornhill College. Originally, Downey thought she would be a painter and earned a BA at Brighton College of Art, England. But she turned her attention to acting and had a classical training attending Drama Studio London, where she performed in the plays of Shakespeare, Shaw, and Chekhov. She joined the Abbey Players in Dublin, and toured the United States in a production of The Playboy of the Western World.
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