Fast Facts

  • Both her parents died from heart attacks before her mid-twenties.
  • Aspired to be a painter until she discovered acting in college.
  • Studied acting at the Drama Studio London.
  • A spokesperson for the charity Operation Smile, she traveled to numerous countries (including Vietnam and Honduras) to help children prepare for facial-deformity surgery.
  • Drawing from her experiences as a single mom, she wrote a children's book called Love Is a Family that was published in 2001.
  • Touched by an Angel costar Della Reese (an ordained minister) officiated at her 2007 wedding to TV reality mogul Mark Burnett.

Awards

  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee

Relationships

  • John Downey — Brother
  • Maureen O'Reilly Downey — Mother
  • Leland Orser — Ex-husband
  • Lawrence Downey — Brother
  • Patrick Downey — Father
  • Reilly Marie Anspaugh — Daughter
  • David Anspaugh — Ex-husband
  • James Burnett — Stepson
  • Cameron Burnett — Stepson
  • Mark Burnett — Husband

College

  • Attended Brighton College of Art, Brighton, England

Details

  • Birth Place: Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Birthday: May 6, 1963, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor
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