Pierce Brosnan’s life was marked by tragedy. This is what his family looks like now.

The early years of Pierce Brosnan’s life were marked by tragedy after the death of his first wife.

Pierce found love again when he met Keely Shaye Smith. The couple would go on to have two sons together, Dylan and Paris, who are both models and filmmakers.

This week, Brosnan walked the red carpet with his youngest sons Paris and Dylan to promote this new Netflix film The Out-Laws. In a rare public appearance, 22-year-old Paris and 26-year-old Dylan posed alongside their father.

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Life was good. The money was rolling in, and the couple had a son of their own, Sean. Brosnan’s father tracked him down when he was filming Remington Steele in Ireland. They had a drink one Sunday.

“Then he got on a bus and I never saw him again,” Brosnan told Interview. “He died.”

While the family was in India for Brosnan to shoot the movie The Deceivers, Harris noticed her stomach was swollen and she was feeling unusually tired.

Back in London, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same disease that had claimed her mother’s life when she was in her teens.

Harris fought the cancer for four years. Eventually, when she was in hospital in December 1991, knowing she was going to die, she comforted Brosnan.

“She said, ‘Please, darling, don’t worry. It’s just a life winding down’,” Brosnan told People just a few months after her death.

Harris passed away in Brosnan’s arms, with Christopher in the room and Charlotte on the phone from London.

Brosnan had to go home and sit eight-year-old Sean in his lap, and tell him that his mother had died.

“The tears came to his eyes, but they never fell. He just said, ‘It’s for the best, Daddy. She’s not in pain anymore’.”

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He told People that Harris, who was 43 when she died, made him the man he is.

“She’s forever embedded in every fibre of my being. She’s there with me every day.”

The loss was a terrible one for Brosnan and his three children (he’d adopted Charlotte and Christopher after their father, Dermot Harris, died). By then, Charlotte was an aspiring actress and Christopher was studying to be a filmmaker.

“How do you carry on afterwards?” Brosnan said in Cigar Aficionado. “Slowly. Very, very, very slowly. It hurts. And you have to sit and endure it. There’s nothing else to do; it won’t go away.”

Brosnan kept working, making hits like Mrs Doubtfire. In 1994, he was at a party on a beach in Mexico when he met actress-turned-TV correspondent Keely Shaye Smith. Smith was there to interview Ted Danson, but was smitten by Brosnan.

“He was captivating,” Smith told People. “Tall, dark and handsome – everything that everybody would immediately be attracted to. He had this mischievous sparkle in his eyes.”

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A few days later they had their first date and talked till 3am.

Brosnan became the next James Bond, something Harris had always wanted for him. As he shot movies like Goldeneye, he stayed close to Smith.

“Wherever I went in the world I missed her, and I’d send her tickets to come so we could be together.”

They had two sons, Dylan and Paris, then married in 2001. Charlotte was a bridesmaid at their wedding.

“Just seeing the ultimate love that these two people have for each other was unbelievable,” Charlotte said at the time. “My dad found it again, and that makes me happy.”

By then Charlotte herself was a mother to Isabella, and a few years later she had another child, Lucas, with husband Alex Smith. She had roles in shows such as NYPD Blue. Tragically, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, just like her mother and grandmother, and died at the age of 41.

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl,” Brosnan said in a statement at the time. “We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand.”

As for Christopher, he became an assistant director, working on some of his dad’s Bond movies. But he got hooked on cocaine and heroin, and in 1997, he was sentenced to three months in jail for drink-driving.

In a Playboy interview in 2005, Pierce revealed he no longer spoke to Christopher.

“Christopher is still very lost. Shockingly so. I know where he is, but he’s having a hard life. I can only have strong faith and believe he will recover.”

The following year, Christopher appeared on Celebrity Love Island, coupling up with model Sophie Anderton. He and Brosnan now have a “loving communication”, according to Esquire.

As for Sean, he became an actor but also struggled with addiction. On the podcast Inner Space With Dr Barbara Van Dahlen, he revealed that he broke his back in a car accident at the age of 16, which led to an addiction to painkillers.

From there he became a “drug connoisseur”. He landed some acting roles, and eventually got sober, but started drinking again after Charlotte died.

“The insidious part of the disease was that I almost used it as an excuse,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh good’.”

Since marrying actress/producer Sanja Banic and becoming dad to daughter Marley, Sean has managed to stay sober and has started working in mental health.

“So I value and love the family,” he added. “Keely is the most amazing mother and woman – I’ve watched her grow up over 27 years, watched our life together just blossom and grow. And there are still many more dreams to be had.”

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This article was published on May 1, 2020 and has since been updated with new information. 

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