Pierce Brosnan

by scott on January 25, 2014

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Birth Name: Pierce Brendan Brosnan

Place of Birth: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland

Date of Birth: 16 May, 1953

Ethnicity: Irish

Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor, film producer, environmentalist, and activist. He is known for playing James Bond.

Pierce was born in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith) and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He grew up in Navan, County Meath for twelve years, and moved to London, England, during his teenage years. He has said:

It amuses me in some respects that they should confuse me with an Englishman when I’m dyed-in-the-wool, born and bred Irishman … I don’t necessarily fly under any flag.

Pierce was raised a Catholic and has stated that he has strong faith in God. He also studies Buddhism.

Pierce was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2001. He is thus far the only Irish-born man to have been given this title by the magazine.

Pierce is married to journalist and author Keely Shaye Smith, with whom he has two children. He was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris until her death in 1991, and the couple had three children.

Pierce’s paternal grandfather was Pierce Brosnahan (later Brosnan, the son of John Patrick Brosnahan, later Brosnan, and of Margaret Pierce/Pierse). Pierce’s grandfather Pierce was born in Rathanny, Ballymcelligott, County Kerry. John was born in Kerry, the son of John Brosnan and Bridget Sullivan.

Pierce’s paternal grandmother was Jane Costello (the daughter of Michael Costello and Jane Hagan). Pierce’s grandmother Jane was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, to Irish emigrants, from Queen’s County (now County Laois).

Pierce’s maternal grandfather was Philip Smyth (later Smith, the son of Patrick Smyth).

Pierce’s maternal grandmother was Kathleen Kelly (the daughter of James Kelly).

Sources: Genealogy of Pierce Brosnan – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Pierce’s paternal grandfather, Pierce Brosnahan/Brosnan (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Manila May 27, 2017 at 2:22 am

Once again, I would like to inform you that Irish civil records are now accessed with images attached them: https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

Pierce’s paternal grandparents were Pierce Brosnahan (later Brosnan, the son of John Brosnahan, later Brosnan, and of Margaret Pierce) and Jane Costello (the daughter of Michael Costello and Jane Hagan). Jane was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, to Irish immigrants, from Queen’s County (now County Laois).

Pierce’s maternal grandparents were Philip Smyth (later Smith, the son of Patrick Smyth) and Kathleen Kelly (the daughter of James Kelly).

follers May 27, 2017 at 8:58 am

Was that Brosnan’s grandmother or great-grandmother who was born in the U.S.?

Manila May 29, 2017 at 4:17 am

Sorry for late reply. Jane’s census record shows that she was born in “America”, along with some of her siblings. However on her 1880 U.S. Census, she was born in “Ireland”. Meanwhile, her name is not found on the Irish civil birth records. I made the conclusion that she was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Meanwhile, are you sure of Pierce’s great-grandfather? John Brosnan had no middle name, and the names of his parents are unverified.

follers May 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

It’s clearly the same man in this genealogy. Whether it’s accurate, I don’t know.

Manila May 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Okay, I can see it right now.

chris91 March 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

He looks more typical Anglo-Saxon English to me than Irish. I though he was Scottish anyway for some reason. He’s a similar type to Hugh Grant imo

athelya November 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

people insist in them being black irish when the majority of the irish people i’ve seen have dark hair.. so doesn’t that make them just irish? http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/018/489/nick-young-confused-face-300x256_nqlyaa.png

Alice November 24, 2015 at 12:13 am

Black Irish is a made up term that originated in the US. Think how silly it would be to talk about “Black English” or “Black Austrian”?

Racial Realist October 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Whenever someone says that Asians have small eyes, you should show them a picture of Pierce, never seen an Asian with eyes that small.

Alice November 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm

He’s just squinting in that picture and age might have something to do with it as well. His eyes are quite typical for North Western Europeans.


andrew November 9, 2015 at 3:22 am

his eyes are absolutely common.

Ajaxfan November 23, 2015 at 7:48 am

You are a new level of stupid.

gel July 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Guess he’s he Black Irish.

The.geneal.guy December 5, 2014 at 3:51 am

Pure Irish man with a Mother with the maiden name Smith!!! – In denial i think that he has English ancestry too!!!

Alice December 6, 2014 at 2:07 am

Are you trying to claim all Irish people as English? :) Smith is a very common name in Ireland and most likely comes from McGowan which mean son of the Smith. A lot of Irish were made to Anglicise their names so you have to look at the history of the name. Anyway no one is “pure” anything.

Alice January 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I guess this should be put here. A discovery of a gene that reduces pigment in the skin. People with the gene have freckles, blue eyes and brown hair.


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