Pierce Brosnan is one of Hollywood's most famous leading men, best known for portraying secret agent James Bond from 1995 to 2002. The Irish hunk most recently returned to the silver screen for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, playing Meryl Streep's husband Sam Carmichael. And as he walked the red carpet and went on the promo trail for the summer flick, his wife Keely Shaye Smith was always by his side. But who is Keely, when did they get married and how many children do they have? Read on for everything you need to know about Pierce's real-life leading lady…
Who is Pierce Brosnan's wife Keely Shaye Smith?
Keely is an American journalist and author who also has experience in acting, modelling and TV presenting. She was an environmental correspondent for ABC's The Home Show as well as a gardening expert for ABC's Good Morning America. Keeley, 54, has also acted as an entertainment correspondent for the Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
The couple met at a party in 1994
When did Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith marry?
The couple met at a beach party in Mexico in 1994. Keely was attending to interview Cheers actor Ted Danson, when she started talking to Pierce and the pair hit it off immediately. "He was captivating. Tall, dark, and handsome," she recalled. "Everything that everybody would immediately be attracted to. He had a mischievous sparkle in his eyes." The couple married seven years later in 2001 in Pierce's native Ireland at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, in front of 100 guests. The day, which was covered exclusively by HELLO!, featured a fireworks display, a seven-tier cake and an elaborate ice sculpture of Rodin's The Kiss.
It's clear the 007 actor is totally smitten with his other half. He has previously told the Independent: "I love her vitality, her passion. She has this strength that I wouldn't be able to live without. When Keely looks at me, I go weak." The romantic has also said: "I found a great woman in Keely. Not if I searched a million times over would I find one as good." Pierce and Keely celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary this summer, with the actor uploading a throwback photo from their wedding day of the newlyweds cutting their cake.
Pierce often refers to his wife as "my girl" on Instagram, posting sweet tributes to her. And wherever he goes, Keely follows. The actor has previously explained he would fly his wife out to his film sets, saying: "Wherever I went in the world I missed her, and I'd send her tickets to come so we could be together. We just seemed to fit."
They welcomed two sons before tying the knot in 2001
How many children do Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith have?
Pierce and Keely welcomed their first child, Dylan Thomas Brosnan, in 1997 followed by another son Paris Beckett four years later. The couple then tied the knot six months after Paris's arrival in the same abbey where their baby son was christened.
Who was Pierce Brosnan married to before?
Pierce sadly lost his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to cancer in December 1991. Cassie, as she was known, was 43. The couple had one son together, Sean, and Pierce also adopted Cassie's two older children Charlotte and Chris. Charlotte sadly also died of ovarian cancer in June 2013.
Pierce has credited his wife Keely for helping him heal. "Keely has always been kind and compassionate and encouraged me to mourn Cassie," he said. "I think of her all the time. I suppose Keely is my North Star, always looking out for me."
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