Pierce Brosnan

Biography: Brosnan was born in Navan, County Meath to Thomas and May Brosnan (when she was 19) and raised by his grandparents after his parents divorced when he was four. He was educated at the local school run by the De La Salle Brothers and then at Elliott School in West London after he joined his mother in England at the age of eleven. Brosnan left school at 16, and began training in commercial, later becoming a professional fire eater in a local circus. He started his actor training at the Drama Centre in London.

After graduating from the Drama Centre in 1975, Brosnan got a job as a stage manager at the York Theatre Royal, making his first stage appearance in Wait Until Dark. Within six months, playwright Tennessee Williams selected him to play McCabe in the British première of The Red Devil Battery Sign. This led to some film and TV work, including the leading role in Manions of America opposite Kate Mulgrew. His portrayal of Robert Gould Shaw II in Nancy Astor – the story of
first woman to sit in British Parliament garnered Brosnan a 1985 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 1982, Brosnan got the leading role in Remington Steele opposite Stephanie Zimbalist. As a result, he and his family moved to the US permanently. In 1986, Brosnan was offered role of James Bond but the contract with Remington Steele prevented him accepting it. After Remington Steele was cancelled, Brosnan continued his film career.

In 1994, Brosnan was officially announced as the fifth actor to play James Bond taking over from Timothy Dalton. He appeared in four films, before Daniel Craig took over.

His wife, Cassandra Harris, died of ovarian cancer in 1991, leaving him to raise three children. Charlotte (b. 1972) and Christopher (b. 1973), Cassandra's children, had been adopted by Pierce in 1986 following their father's death. Pierce and Cassandra had one son together, Sean (b. 1983).

He married again in 2001, to Keely Shaye Smith, and they have two children, Dylan Thomas (b. 1997) and Paris Beckett (b. 2001). In 2004, he became a Brosnan was born in Navan, County Meath to Thomas and May Brosnan (when she was 19) and raised by his grandparents after his parents divorced when he was four. He was educated at the local school run by the De La Salle Brothers and then at Elliott School in West London after he joined his mother in England at the age of eleven. Brosnan left school at 16, and began training in commercial, later becoming a professional fire eater in a local circus. He started his actor training at the Drama Centre in London.

After graduating from the Drama Centre in 1975, Brosnan got a job as a stage manager at the York Theatre Royal, making his first stage appearance in Wait Until Dark. Within six months, playwright Tennessee Williams selected him to play McCabe in the British première of The Red Devil Battery Sign. This led to some film and TV work, including the leading role in Manions of America opposite Kate Mulgrew. His portrayal of Robert Gould Shaw II in Nancy Astor – the story of first woman to sit in British Parliament garnered Brosnan a 1985 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 1982, Brosnan got the leading role in Remington Steele opposite Stephanie Zimbalist. As a result, he and his family moved to the US permanently. In 1986, Brosnan was offered role of James Bond but the contract with Remington Steele prevented him accepting it. After Remington Steele was cancelled, Brosnan continued his film career.

In 1994, Brosnan was officially announced as the fifth actor to play James Bond taking over from Timothy Dalton. He appeared in four films, before Daniel Craig took over.

His wife, Cassandra Harris, died of ovarian cancer in 1991, leaving him to raise three children. Charlotte (b. 1972) and Christopher (b. 1973), Cassandra's children, had been adopted by Pierce in 1986 following their father's death. Pierce and Cassandra had one son together, Sean (b. 1983).

He married again in 2001, to Keely Shaye Smith, and they have two children, Dylan Thomas (b. 1997) and Paris Beckett (b. 2001). In 2004, he became a naturalized US citizen, whilst retaining his Irish citizenship.
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Pierce Brosnan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 81 The World's End
Lowest Metascore: 34 A Long Way Down
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
30 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
38 The November Man Aug 27, 2014 Executive Producer / Devereaux / Peter Devereaux / Devereaux 6.2
34 A Long Way Down Jul 11, 2014 Martin / Martin Sharp 6.8
44 The Love Punch May 23, 2014 Richard tbd
81 The World's End Aug 23, 2013 Guy Shephard / Guy Shepherd 7.6
60 Love Is All You Need May 3, 2013 Philip / Philip 7.7
38 I Don't Know How She Does It Sep 16, 2011 Cast 3.4
49 Jane's Journey Sep 16, 2011 Himself 5.5
35 Salvation Boulevard Jul 15, 2011 Dan Day / Dan Day 6.0
75 Oceans Apr 22, 2010 Narrator 7.5
45 The Greatest Apr 2, 2010 Executive Producer / Allen Brewer 6.9
40 Remember Me Mar 12, 2010 Charles Hawkins 7.9
77 The Ghost Writer Feb 19, 2010 Adam Lang 7.3
47 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Feb 12, 2010 Mr. Brunner/Chiron 5.1
tbd Whaledreamers Sep 26, 2008 Himself 6.8
51 Mamma Mia! Jul 18, 2008 Sam 7.1
65 Married Life Mar 7, 2008 Richard Langley 7.3
62 Seraphim Falls Jan 26, 2007 Gideon 7.6
65 The Matador Dec 23, 2005 Producer / Julian Noble 7.2
71 Deep Blue Jun 3, 2005 Narrator 6.2
38 After the Sunset Nov 12, 2004 Max Burdett 5.8
38 Laws of Attraction Apr 30, 2004 Executive Producer / Daniel Rafferty 5.9
55 Evelyn Dec 13, 2002 Producer / Desmond Doyle 6.6
56 Die Another Day Nov 22, 2002 James Bond 6.1
66 The Tailor of Panama Mar 30, 2001 Andrew 'Andy' Osnard 5.4
59 The World Is Not Enough Nov 19, 1999 James Bond 6.4
72 The Thomas Crown Affair Aug 6, 1999 Producer / Thomas Crown 7.0
56 Tomorrow Never Dies Dec 19, 1997 James Bond 7.1
43 Dante's Peak Feb 7, 1997 Harry Dalton 5.5
52 Mars Attacks! Dec 13, 1996 Professor Donald Kessler 6.2
65 GoldenEye Nov 17, 1995 James Bond 8.2
53 Mrs. Doubtfire Nov 24, 1993 Stuart 'Stu' Dunmeyer 8.0