The Hollywood Walk of Fame will turn a bit greener next year when Derry native Roma Downey gets her star on the famous thoroughfare. Downey will join a host of other stars in 2016 who will also be immortalized, including Tracy Morgan, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Steve Carell and Bradley Cooper.
“Thank you to all my friends and fans for the well wishes... excited and grateful! All Glory to God,” she tweeted upon hearing the good news.
Roma’s career has been on a huge upswing these past few years, thanks to her focus – with hubby Mark Burnett – on faith-based programming, including the hugely successful miniseries "The Bible." Of course, she first came to prominence back in the 1990s in the CBS series "Touched by an Angel," in which she played the angel Monica who delivered hope and messages from God to characters in distress.
Downey and Burnett – creator of such mega-shows as "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" – announced plans last week to team with NASCAR for a new scripted series based on the true stories on some of the drivers. The Malibu-based couple like auto racing and they’re keen to get going on the new project.
“From the first time we got to attend NASCAR, we fell in love with their racing world. The teams, the drivers, the fans – it’s an electric atmosphere and is quintessentially American,” they said in a statement.
In the immediate future, look for Roma on the TLC channel come July 26, when she’ll host a six-part series called "Answered Prayers" based on true stories of people who came through life-altering situations thanks to their belief in the power of prayer.