Pierce Brosnan’s Family: Meet The Wife and Children of The Most Charming ‘James Bond’

“Shaken not stirred” is one of the popular lines of the super spy, James Bond, a character that has attained an iconic status in the movie industry. The cult status of this character has spread to the several actors who have played the Bond role in the franchise and they are all greatly admired for bringing the character to life. Pierce Brosnan is the fifth actor to play James Bond and his career has fairly been a fulfilling journey all through. The same can be said of his personal life even though he has faced some tough times, including the passing of his first wife which he described as a life-changing terrible loss.

As though fate was bent on mocking the loss of his wife, Pierce Brosnan would mourn the death of his daughter many years later; she died from the same condition that claimed the life of her mother. In all of these, the Irish actor has refused to give up on life; he continues to feature in movies and has spread his wings to become a film producer as well. More than that, he is known as an environmental activist and a committed family man. Brosnan has been a husband to Keely Shaye Smith for two decades and counting. Together, they are parents to two sons and from what’s obvious, the couple has been happily married.

Pierce Brosnan’s Current Wife, Keely Shaye Smith, Is 58 Years Old

For reasons that are not certain, the age of Pierce Brosnan’s current wife, Keely Shaye Smith, has been one of the questions people often ask about the woman. From what we gathered, she was born in Vallejo, California, on the 25th of September 1963. Unlike her husband, much is yet to be learned about her childhood and family background.

Born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, it’s no secret that Keely’s husband was born to May Smith and a carpenter named Thomas Brosnan. Although he was born in Drogheda, the actor considers Navan in County Meath to be his hometown. This is because he moved and lived there for most of his childhood. Brosnan was born in 1953, precisely on the 16th of May. This means he is 68 years old and over 10 years older than Keely.

Keely Is Mostly Known As a Journalist But She’s Also an Actress and Filmmaker

Pierce Brosnan’s wife is also popular and accomplished. She has multiple careers but is most popular as a journalist. Disregarding that, she has authored books and worked as a model. That’s not all, Keely Shaye Smith is also a television show host, as well as an actress and documentary filmmaker. Also an environmental activist like her husband, her work as a journalist began when she worked for ABC on The Home Show which she did for six years. This show focused on the environment and it ran from 1988 to 1994. The work Smith did earn her several awards, including a Special Achievement Award.

When she was done at ABC, she moved to NBC where she worked on Unsolved Mysteries which went on to become a hit show. Keely Smith worked as a correspondent for Unsolved Mysteries for three years and then moved on to Good Morning America where she also worked as a correspondent. Keely Smith has since gone from being just a correspondent to being a producer. She is also an advocate for the environment and supports other causes which she does with her husband, Pierce Brosnan.

To the best of our knowledge, Keely Shaye Smith debuted as an actress in 1986 when she was featured in the music video of Huey Lewis and the News song, “Stuck with You”. A few years later, in 1989, she played Valerie Freeman in the daytime television soap opera, General Hospital. Before that, she was seen as Gail in a 1987 television movie titled Norman’s Corner, and in the following year, she played Anne in an Italian sports comedy-drama film titled The Opponent. Equally a filmmaker, she directed and produced the 2017 documentary film, Poisoning Paradise, which she described as a love letter to Hawaii. The film won Keely and her husband multiple awards from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival, Malibu Film Festival, and others.

Pierce and Keely Met In April 1994 and Have Been Married Since August 2001

Two years after the death of Pierce Brosnan’s first wife, he met his second wife. Pierce and Keely have been generous with information about the beginning of their relationship. As such, it’s no secret that they met in 1994 at a beach party in Mexico, precisely on the 8th of April at Cabo San Lucas. Their meeting was one orchestrated by fate as Keely who was a TV correspondent was in the country to interview another actor, Ted Danson. For reasons that are not certain, Ted was unable to honor the interview and it paved way for Pierce to meet Keely.

According to the journalist, she was immediately attracted to the actor as he was irresistibly handsome with a mischievous sparkle in his eyes. They got talking and were convinced in the process that they genuinely fancied each other, thus agreed to have their first date a few days after they met. Keely has divulged that it was a very romantic date. Speaking to People, she recalled that the actor held her hand while they sat under the stars with some fireworks cheering them on over their heads. They talked through the night until about 3 am. At the end of the day, Keely said she realized why women drool over the actor. He is an appealing man who really likes and appreciates women, added the journalist.

Pierce was also very ecstatic about meeting Keely. He said it was difficult for him to not be all over her. Luckily for him, Keely didn’t mind and it birthed a tradition whereby he would send the journalist tickets to come and stay with him whenever he’s away for work. The actor described Keely as a “great woman”, stating that he wouldn’t find anyone like her even if he was to search a million times. Less than three years into their relationship, they had their first child together. Four years later, they had another child; it was after this that they decided to officially become a couple.

They Got Married In Ireland After Seven Years of Being Together

It was on the 4th of August 2001, a few months after the birth of their second child, that the couple got married. The wedding took place at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland. Reports have it that the wedding cost them $1.5 million, featuring a fireworks display and an ice sculpture of The Kiss, amongst other things. Pierce Brosnan’s late daughter, Charlotte, was the bridesmaid. She expressed that she was happy her father had found love again as she described the bond between Pierce and Keely as “unbelievable”.

From what’s obvious, the couple has been happily married and the union has survived almost two decades. They marked their 19th wedding anniversary in August 2020 and the actor took to Instagram to celebrate their love. The couple takes every opportunity they get to appreciate being in each other’s life. To the best of our knowledge, there has never been any report of the couple having a marital problem or rumors of infidelity. They now represent what many regards as an ideal marriage and people have taken to defending them from toxic and negative scrutiny.

A recent instance was when a reality TV couple, Jenelle Evans and David Eason, fat-shamed Pierce and his wife on Facebook. Jenelle shared an old and recent picture of the couple which she captioned “David Eason and this is us”; to which David commented: “We do not look that fat”. People called Jenelle and David out for being insensitive and reported David’s comment to Facebook which led to him being blocked on the platform for seven days.

Spending Quality Time Together and Appreciating Each Other Is The Secret of Their Enduring Marriage

Given that the two are popular and part of an industry notorious for its high rate of divorce, it is remarkable for many that they have kept the flame burning for nearly three decades and have been married for almost two. As such, they have often been confronted with questions about their marriage, how they have been able to stay married for so long and happily so. In several of his many interviews, the actor has hinted that spending a lot of time with his wife has helped them grow together as a couple. According to him, it is the key ingredient of their happy marriage.

Disregarding that, Brosnan has not created room for distrust in their relationship right from the first time they met. Despite the attention he gets for his good looks, he has been relentlessly faithful to Keely who has rewarded that with being a very supportive and caring wife. What’s more, the actor has been very appreciative of his wife. His Instagram page is littered with sweet messages for Keely which any woman would appreciate. Above all, it is clear that the couple truly loves each other and is committed to spending the rest of their lives together.

In all, one can proclaim that the Irish actor and his wife have been enjoying a happy marriage as much as they have enjoyed a successful career. The actor is no longer as active as he used to be and Keely has become an avid gardener of late. The couple used to live in Malibu, California. But then, listed their beachfront estate for $100 million in October 2020 and relocated to Hawaii where they now live.

Meet Pierce Brosnan’s First Wife, Cassandra Harris

Cassandra Harris and Pierce Brosnan
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Pierce Brosnan was a young actor who had just left drama school when he met Cassandra Harris. Although she is mostly remembered as the first wife of the Irish actor, Cassandra was pretty famous as an actress. The Australian named Sandra Colleen Waites was born on the 15th of January 1948. Her career took off in 1977 when she appeared in the “Devil’s Planet” episode of the TV series, Space: 1999. The following year, she played Cassandra in The Greek Tycoon and Ismena in “The Boy Merlin” episode of Shadows.

Her first significant role was in 1979 when she played Melissa in several episodes of Dick Barton: Special Agent. In the years that followed, she was seen in other TV series like Enemy at the Door and Remington Steele. You will also find her in movies like For Your Eyes Only, Rough Cut, and Five Days. Pierce Brosnan and Cassandra Harris were introduced to each other by her stepson, David Harris, and upon meeting her, Brosnan only wanted to just be her friend: the thought of a relationship between them was not something he considered at the time.

However, Harris and Brosnan started dating shortly after, and their relationship was serious enough for them to purchase a house together. By the end of 1980, they were a married couple and three years later, their first son, Sean was born. Before Cassandra and Brosnan got married, she had been married to Dermont Harris with whom she had two children named Charlotte and Christoper. Brosnan would later adopt both of them. Dermont Harris wasn’t her first husband either. Before him, she was married to a fellow named William Firth, the union lasted from 1964 to 1970.

The Actor Lost Cassandra To Ovarian Cancer In 1991

In 1981, Harris had a role in the Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only. It is said that after she worked on the film, she felt and expressed that Brosnan is perfect for the Bond character. This would come to pass fourteen years after, when he was cast to play the character in the 1995 film, GoldenEye. Sadly, Cassandra wasn’t around to witness this.

From all accounts, Brosnan and Harris had a good relationship but all of this came to an end in 1991. Cassandra Harris had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1987 and after years of battling the disease, she died in 1991, on the 28th of December, ending Brosnan’s first marriage. The death of Cassandra was hard on the actor and he has credited his current wife for helping him get over it. Pierce Brosnan had only one biological child with Cassandra and two with his current wife, but in all, he’s a father of five, although he has lost one of them.

Pierce Brosnan’s Children and What Have They Been Up To

The actor has a total of five children. His first marriage to Cassandra Harris produced only one child – Sean William Walter Brosnan –  who was born on the 13th of September, 1983. However, the couple had three children, with the other two adopted from Cassandra’s first marriage to Dermott Harris. When Christopher and Charlotte were adopted by the actor, their surnames changed from Harris to Brosnan.

The actor’s other two children came from his second marriage and they are both sons. Dylan Thomas was born in January of 1997 while his younger brother Paris Beckett was born in February 2001.

When and How Did Charlotte, Pierce Brosnan’s Daughter Die?

  • Full Name: Charlotte Brosnan
  • Place of Birth: London, England
  • Date of Birth: November 27, 1971
  • Died On: June 28, 2013
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Biological Father: Dermot Harris
  • Biological Mother: Cassandra Harris
  • Husband: Alex Smith
  • Children: 2 (Isabella Sophie and Lucas Smith)

His daughter, Charlotte died in 2013 at the age of 42 after being hit by the same ailment that killed her mother – ovarian cancer. She was one of the two kids Pierce’s first wife had with her second husband, Dermot Harris. Her biological father died in 1986 and was married to her mother from 1970 to 1978. Pierce adopted Charlotte at some point and her name legally changed from Charlotte Harris to Charlotte Brosnan.

Born on the 27th of November 1971 in London, England, UK, Charlotte also had a career in entertainment. In 1995, she played Amelia Rose in the “Innuendo” episode of NYPD Blue and was seen as Amy the following year in The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson. She also featured as a Swedish Tourist in 1998’s The Nephew. Charlotte was also a mother of two; she had a son named Lucas Smith and a daughter named Isabella Sophie Smith with Alex Smith who was known as her husband until she passed.

Though Pierce Brosnan was not the biological father of Charlotte, he had a great relationship with her and still mourns her death. Lossing Charlotte the same way he lost her mother was a very painful experience for the actor. In June 2020, the seventh anniversary of Charlotte’s death, Brosnan took to Instagram to honor her memory.

Christopher Brosnan

  • Birth Name: Christopher Ivan Harris
  • Place of Birth: London, England
  • Date of Birth: November 11, 1972
  • Age: 48 Years Old
  • Occupation: Filmmaker
  • Biological Father: Dermot Harris
  • Biological Mother: Cassandra Harris

Christopher Brosnan is the only full sibling of late Charlotte Brosnan. He was also adopted by the Irish actor who was married to their late mother. Christopher and Pierce Brosnan have a few things in common, including the death of two important women in their lives. While it’s a wife and a daughter for the latter, it’s a mother and a sister for the former. The two men are also both part of the entertainment industry.

Although Christopher is not an actor like his adoptive father, he has worked in various capacities in the movie industry. He worked as a production runner in 1995’s GoldenEye and served as a grip during the production of 2014’s Return to Zero. The following year, he was involved in the production of a short film titled My Fare Lady as a second assistant director. In the 90s, Christopher served as third assistant director and additional director in productions like Robinson Crusoe, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough.

Unfortunately, Christopher and Pierce Brosnan are not on good terms. At some point as an adult, Christopher got caught up with addictive substances, from alcohol to cocaine, heroin, and what have you. Because of this, he had several run-ins with the law and was jailed sometime in 1997 for drink-driving. Convinced that Christopher was unwilling to pull himself out of his addiction, Pierce disclosed in 2005 that he was forced to cut him off.

Sean Brosnan

  • Full Name: Sean William Walter Brosnan
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S
  • Date of Birth: September 13, 1983
  • Age: 38 Years Old
  • Occupation: Actor and Filmmaker
  • Biological Father: Pierce Brosnan
  • Biological Mother: Cassandra Harris
  • Wife: Sanja Banic

As stated earlier, Sean is the only biological child Pierce Brosnan had with his first wife, Cassandra Harris. He followed in his father’s footsteps and has a career in cinema as an actor and filmmaker. He has not been as successful as his father but he has been able to establish himself in the industry.

Sean debuted as an actor in a 1997 film titled Robinson Crusoe. He has played multiple roles in small and big screen projects since then and some of his popular works in recent times include No Easy Days, Acts of Violence, and much more. He is also a filmmaker. In that capacity, he has written, directed, and produced The Kid, Face of C, My Father Die, Tides, and Land of Leopold with a few more projects in the pipeline.

Through Sean, Pierce also has a grandchild; he has been married to an actress and producer named Sanja Banic since the 23rd of August 2014 and they are parents to at least one child.

Dylan Brosnan

  • Full Name: Dylan Thomas Brosnan
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S
  • Date of Birth: January 13, 1997
  • Age: 24 Years Old
  • Education: University of Southern California
  • Occupation: Actor and Cinematographer,
  • Biological Father: Pierce Brosnan
  • Biological Mother: Keely Shaye Smith

Dylan is the second biological child of the Irish actor and his first child with his second wife, Keely. He was born before the couple got married, about three years into their relationship. Now an adult, Dylan pursues a career in the movie industry as an actor and a cinematographer. He has a long way to go if he must become as popular as his father but he is already known for works like Out of Reach, The Young Motivators Club, Poisoning Paradise, and Iconic.

Paris Brosnan

  • Full Name: Paris Beckett Brosnan
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S
  • Date of Birth: February 27, 2001
  • Age: 20 Years Old
  • Education: Loyola Marymount University
  • Occupation: Model
  • Biological Father: Pierce Brosnan
  • Biological Mother: Keely Shaye Smith

Dylan’s younger brother, Paris, also works in showbiz but as a model. His career is just taking off but he has worked with Ralph Lauren and has been featured in GQ Korea and Teen Vogue. Paris has been gaining a lot of attention because of the striking resemblance between him and his father. He is college-educated as he graduated from Loyola Marymount’s film and tv school in June 2019.

Ugochukwu Nwadinobi
Ugo has extensive professional writing experience and has been writing, editing and updating articles on multiple platforms for several years now. Away from work, he is a football addict who loves to catch up on his favourite pastimes.
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