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Roma Downey: The Derry girl who became one of the most powerful Irish women in Hollywood

The Touched by an Angel star talks about escaping The Troubles, dealing with the loss of her mother and her friendship with another well-known Derry Girl

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Derry actor Romy Downey. Photo: Rob Latour for Variety/Shutterstock

Derry actor Romy Downey. Photo: Rob Latour for Variety/Shutterstock

Rob Latour for Variety/Shutterst

Actor Roma Downey with her Touched by an Angel co-star Della Reese and (right) husband Mark Burnett being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Actor Roma Downey with her Touched by an Angel co-star Della Reese and (right) husband Mark Burnett being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

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Derry actor Romy Downey. Photo: Rob Latour for Variety/Shutterstock

It’s another beautiful Californian morning and Roma Downey is in her element. The “in between times” — dawn and dusk — are her favourite times of the day. Today, as every day, she takes stock, quietens her mind and focuses on the day ahead. Life is slowly coming back to normal; her kids who moved home for a while have moved out again and she recently received her vaccine.

I feel I’ve gotten my life back,” she tells me in her still-intact Derry lilt. “We’ve all been prisoners of fear and uncertainty. Once I got to two weeks after the second dose, it felt as though the jail door had been opened.”


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