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Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Derry actress Roma Downey

Actress Roma Downey pictured in 2014 when she received the honorary degree from Ulster University. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

DERRY-born actress Roma Downey will take her place alongside legends of the silver screen next week on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star of US television drama Touched by an Angel is to be honoured on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on August 11.

With the unveiling of her star, Downey (56) will join some of biggest names in film history including Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne.

Others to be recognised this year include director Quentin Tarantino, singers Bruno Mars and Cyndi Lauper and actors Ashley Judd and Kurt Russell.

Following a brief period with the Abbey Players in Dublin, Bogside-born Downey moved to the US where she enjoyed huge success with leading roles in A Woman Named Jackie, about Jackie Kennedy, and Touched by an Angel, which ran for nine seasons.

She has received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and also had success as a producer with husband Mark Burnett through mini-series The Bible.

Announcing plans for next week’s unveiling, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president Leron Gubler said the organisation was thrilled to honour the Derry woman.

“She has been a force in the business of entertainment both as an actress and talented producer,” he said.

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