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Roma Downey – 2018 Women of Achievement Honoree – May 2, 2018

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Padua Academy will welcome Roma Downey as the 2018 Women of Achievement honoree on May 2, 2108, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Roma Downey is an Emmy nominated actress and producer who has been creating Christian-themed inspirational content for twenty-five years. 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.

As President of LightWorkers Media, the joint venture owned by MGM, Downey and her husband Mark Burnett produced “The Bible” series on the History Channel that was viewed by more than 100 million people in the US alone. They 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. In 2016 Downey received the Irish Diaspora Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Screen from the IFTA as well as her star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood trade publication Variety recognized Downey as a “Trailblazer” and listed her as Variety’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood.’ The Hollywood Reporter included her and Burnett as their ‘Most Influential People of 2013’. In 2014, Downey won the ‘Movie Guide Grace Award’ for her role as Mother Mary. That same year, Downey was also honored on Variety’s Women of Impact.

In addition to “The Bible” and “Son of God,” Downey and Burnett have produced numerous television series 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. Her forthcoming book, “Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us,” is filled with encouragement and hope, assuring us of God’s comforting presence in our lives.

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