Trained as a commercial artist during his early days in London, he returned to painting as a therapeutic response to wife Cassandra Harris' battle with ovarian cancer. Continues to create and sell his art to support the Brosnan Trust, a foundation for women's and children's health charities.
Studied acting at the Drama Centre in London.
Performed in the circus as a fire eater.
Introduced to 007 series producer Albert Broccoli by Harris, who was a former Bond Girl in For Your Eyes Only (1981).
Launched his production company, Irish DreamTime, in 1996.
Became an American citizen in 2004 and maintains dual Irish citizenship.
Has lobbied to protect marine mammals and has been a vocal advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
1998, European Film Awards — European Achievement in World Cinema: Nominee
2016, European Film Awards — European Achievement in World Cinema: Winner