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Derry actress Roma Downey joins Hollywood legends with star on Walk of Fame

Published 12/08/2016

Actress Roma Downey (R) poses with her daughter Reilly Marie Downey Anspaugh on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey (R) poses with her daughter Reilly Marie Downey Anspaugh on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey poses with her husband Mark Burnett (R), daughter Reilly Marie Anspaugh (C), and stepsons Cameron Burnett (L) and James Burnett (2L), at her Hollywood Walk of Fame star presentation ceremony, August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey attends her Hollywood Walk of Fame star presentation ceremony, August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Irish-born actress Roma Downey (2nd R) poses with her husband producer Mark Burnett (2nd L), actress Della Reese (L), and Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church (R), during a ceremony honorning Downey with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Irish-born actress Roma Downey (2nd R) poses with cast members from the movie "Ben Hur": Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro (L), Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer (2nd L) and British actors Jack Huston (C) and Toby Kebbell (R) during a ceremony honorning Downey, August 11, 2016 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey (R)and actress Della Reese attend Roma Downey's star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey (R) holds hands with her husband producer Mark Burnett as they each stand on their own star during Downey's star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey (R) poses on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey dances on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Roma Downey dances on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the star presentation ceremony August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

A star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame has been unveiled for Londonderry-born actress and producer Roma Downey.

The 56-year-old was honoured  on Thursday August 12 and dedicated the star to her hometown, Derry's Bogside.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is made up of more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks on Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks on Vine Street.

She said: "I graciously and humbly accept this. And I dedicate it not just to the people of Derry but to anybody who walked down this boulevard with a dream in their heart."

Downey is best known for her role as Monica in TV series Touched By An Angel but she has also established a career as a producer.

 

Together with her husband Mark Burnett, they produced the series The Bible for the History Channel, which was hugely popular in the United States and received three Emmy Award nominations.

It has since been adapted for release as a feature film.

They regularly feature at the top of the annual Sunday Times Rich List, and this year were ranked second in Northern Ireland with a value of £375m.

Their resumé also includes television shows such as The Apprentice, The Voice and Survivor.

Speaking previously Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler said: "We are thrilled to honour Roma Downey.

"She has been a force in the business of entertainment, both as an actress and talented producer."

Belfast Telegraph

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