Sentimental… romantic… maybe? But applicable I think to a sixteen-year-old lad who was trying to find his way in life as he walked into a theatre arts lab in South London one night. So began my career as an actor at The Oval House Theatre. Soon I was performing on stage in the West End of London in the early 1970's, but I'm afraid it wasn't enough to leave a mark. I got lucky when I came to America. I was 27 years old and landed my first audition — a series called 'Remington Steele'. Life was good. I felt I could be anything I wanted to be. And what I wanted above all was to be in the movies. For me, acting is doing. My acting teacher Yat Malgram once said, "nothing comes from nothing." I've had the opportunity and the good fortune to be part of this exciting tradition. Acting allows me to explore new worlds, to develop my craft, to create characters by delving into their lives, and ultimately to become someone else entirely.
Pierce Brosnan is a legendary Irish American actor, film producer, environmentalist, philanthropist, artist and two-time Golden Globe Award nominee known for his rich and extensive career in front of the camera and behind the scenes as a producer.
Brosnan reinvigorated the popularity of the James Bond franchise by starring in the box-office blockbusters Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. Among his many other film credits are the action thriller The Foreigner; No Escape; Survivor; The Ghost Writer; Seraphim Falls; and The Tailor of Panama, as well as Grey Owl, The Mirror Has Two Faces; Mrs. Doubtfire; Dante’s Peak; Mars Attacks!, The Lawnmower Man and Mister Johnson. Most recently, audiences saw Brosnan reunite with Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, the sequel to the blockbuster film Mamma Mia! He will soon be seen in the action thriller The Misfits and the psychological thriller False Positive alongside Ilana Glazer and Justin Theroux.
On the small screen, Brosnan can currently be seen in the second season of the AMC Series The Son, based on the award-winning novel by Philipp Meyer.
In 1996, Brosnan launched his own production company, Irish DreamTime, along with producing partner Beau St. Clair. To date, Irish DreamTime has produced 11 films in which Brosnan starred including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Matador (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical); The Nephew, The Match, Evelyn, Laws of Attraction, Shattered, The Greatest, The November Man, Some Kind of Beautiful, and I.T.
Along with his wife, Keely Shaye, Brosnan has been drawn into a passionate leadership role in numerous environmental issues. Most recently, the two produced the award-winning documentary film Poisoning Paradise, which was released this month.
An avid painter, one of Brosnan’s original paintings depicting singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was auctioned off in 2018 for $1.4 million at the 25th annual gala amfAR Cannes Charity event, Cinema Against AIDS.
Brosnan has received numerous accolades and honors in his career including the Order of the British Empire, bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For more than two decades, he has been an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, founded by Charles, Prince of Wales, and for UNICEF Ireland. Brosnan also serves as Campaign Chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Born in County Meath, Ireland, Brosnan moved to London at the age of 11. At 20, he enrolled in The Oval House and continued his studies at Drama Centre London. After graduation, Brosnan performed in several West End stage productions before relocation to Los Angeles in 1982, where he landed the title role in NBC’s popular TV Series Remington Steele, becoming a household name.