Actress Roma Downey is set to be honoured with the inaugural Irish Diaspora Award at the IFTAs this April in Dublin.
The Derry-born actress and producer is to be recognised with the new award for her career which spans three decades, as well as her charity and humanitarian work at the event.
The multi-nominated star is best known for her role as Monica in CBS’s Touched By An Angel, as well as playing the leading role of Jackie Kennedy in the NBC miniseries A Woman Named Jackie.
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“I am so grateful to IFTA and the Irish Government for honoring me with the inaugural Irish Diaspora Award,” she said.
“While I’m blessed to have had a successful career in the United States, that success has been built on all that I learned growing up in Derry: Integrity, character, tenacity, the value of working hard, daring to dream big, and of course to always have a sense of humor and not take myself too seriously!
“I just love Ireland and the Irish people and I am so thankful to come back and celebrate in Dublin, which makes it even more special and fun,” she added.
The actress-producer will receive the award on April 9 at the IFTA ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House.