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The Bible's Roma Downey: How I Found Jesus (the Actor)

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Roma Downey of The Bible: How I Found Jesus (the Actor)

Originally posted 03/10/2013 07:00PM

For Roma Downey, casting just the right actor to play the Son of God in the The Bible tested even her usually strong faith.

"We actually were only six weeks away from beginning principal photography and we still had not cast the role of Jesus," Downey tells PEOPLE of producing the hit History channel miniseries. "To say that we were anxious is an understatement."

In desperation, Downey sent out an email to friends with the subject line "Looking for Jesus."

"The prayer circle went out and the prayer was answered," the former Touched by an Angel star says of a friend suggesting Diogo Morgado for the role.

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Mark Burnett & Roma Downey's The Bible Premieres to Epic Ratings

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Mark Burnett & Roma Downey's The Bible Premieres to Epic Ratings

Originally posted 03/05/2013 04:00PM

Now playing on a TV near you, The Bible.

Produced by Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey and television producer Mark Burnett – who created Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice – the 10-hour History channel docudrama began Sunday night.

The series premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, making it cable television's no. 1 entertainment telecast of the year.

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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Marry in Malibu | Mark Burnett, Roma Downey

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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Marry in Malibu

Originally posted 04/29/2007 04:00PM

Reality TV producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) and former Touched By An Angel star Roma Downey were wed in a private ceremony at their home in Malibu Saturday afternoon, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Engaged | Mark Burnett, Roma Downey

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Engaged

Originally posted 11/27/2006 05:20PM

Reality television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) and Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey got engaged over the holiday weekend, PEOPLE has confirmed.

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CBS Ready to Roll with Burnett's New Star | Mark Burnett

CBS Ready to Roll with Burnett's New Star

Originally posted 06/24/2004 08:00AM

Reality-show guru Mark Burnett finally has a home for his newest creation, Rock Star: It's CBS, which for four years has also been home to Burnett's unstoppable Survivor franchise.

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Burnett's Rock Star to Sing with INXS

Burnett's Rock Star to Sing with INXS

Originally posted 06/15/2004 08:00AM

The '80s Australian rock band INXS is hoping to fill a void created by singer Michael Hutchence's 1997 suicide with the help of Survivor and The Apprentice reality-TV guru Mark Burnett.

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Burnett to Rock with New Talent Hunt | Mark Burnett

Burnett to Rock with New Talent Hunt

Originally posted 06/10/2004 12:20PM

Survivor and The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett, clearly taking his cues from the success of "American Idol," is now in the throes of pitching an idea for Rock Star – in which contestants would compete for the chance to sing in an established rock band and then go on a world tour.

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New Reality Show May Trump 'Apprentice'

Originally posted 03/29/2004 10:00AM

Now that "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett has made a TV star out of Donald Trump, his next show will take on a more worthwhile cause: finding lost children.

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NEWS BRIEFS: 'ER' Loses Breast Shot

Originally posted 02/05/2004 10:26AM

DELETED: Days after Janet Jackson's bared breast shocked the nation, NBC has agreed to edit out a brief shot of an 80-year-old woman's breast from Thursday night's episode of "ER." "Though we continue to believe the shot is appropriate and in context, and would have aired after 10:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time, we have unfortunately concluded that the atmosphere created by this week's events has made it too difficult for many of our affiliates to air this shot," said an NBC statement.

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