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Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan


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Pierce Brosnan and Keely Smith in Hollywood, California on February 27, 2005.

Photo: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images
When Pierce Brosnan's first wife died, he said he wouldn't marry again. Then he met Keely Shaye Smith. Here is information on how Pierce and Keely met, their wedding, children, and more.
Fast Marriage Facts - Pierce and Keely
Met: 1994.
Married: August 4, 2001.
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?
Keely and Pierce postponed their wedding three times.


Pierce Brendan Brosnan: May 16, 1953 in Navan, County Meath, Ireland.

Keely Shaye Smith: September 25, 1964 in Vallejo, California.

How Pierce and Keely Met:

In April 1994, Keely interviewed Pierce for Entertainment Tonight while attending a benefit for Ted Danson's American Oceans Campaign in Mexico.

Wedding Info:

After postponing their wedding three times, Pierce and Keely were married on August 4, 2001 in Ireland. Their reasons to postpone the ceremony included schedule conflicts with Pierce's career, son Sean's serious injuries from a car accident, and Keely's second pregnancy.

Wedding Location: Ballintubber Abbey, a 13th-century stone Catholic church in County Mayo. The church aisle was decorated with 10-foot-tall flowered candelabras. The church glowed from the light of hundreds of candles. The church was reportedly used in the filming of The Quiet Man.

Wedding Ceremony: Wedding guests were greeted by two bagpipers. The Catholic ceremony was officiated by Msgr. John Fleming. One of the readers at mass was Rod Steiger. Pierce and Keely exchanged platinum wedding bands and lit a unity candle. Keely's wedding band has three carats of princess-cut diamonds. Bron Roylance was best man and the flower girl was Pierce's granddaughter Isabella.

Wedding Attire: Keely's wedding dress was a Richard Tyler silk dress with a lace coat covered in pearls. She carried a lilies of the valley bridal bouquet and wore an antique diamond-and-pearl tiara. Pierce wore full tails designed by Gianni Campagna. For the reception, Keely changed into a strapless satin gown that was also designed by Richard Tyler.

Wedding Reception: Held at the 13th-century Ashford Castle, an 84-room castle on 450 acres, the facility was decorated with hundreds of roses, stephanotis, gardenias, lilies of the valley, delphinium, and greenery. The tables were decorated with white and pink rose petals and floating candles.

While Keely arranged to have an ice sculpture of Rodin's The Kiss at the reception, Pierce arranged a fireworks display. Guests were treated to a dinner of grilled lobster, asparagus spears, mashed Irish potatoes, and champagne. The six-tier carrot wedding cake was created after viewing photos of Jack and Jaqueline Kennedy's wedding cake.

First Dance: Bruce Springsteen song, "If I Should Fall Behind." There was much music and dancing at the reception.

Wedding Gifts to One Another: Pierce gave Keely a diamond barrette from the Victorian-era. Keely gave Pierce 1920s mother-of-pearl cuff links and studs.

Honeymoon: After touring Ireland, Keely and Pierce cruised to the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas on a chartered yacht.


Pierce has five children.
  • Christopher Brosnan: Born in 1973. Pierce adopted Christian after his marriage to Cassandra Harris. Christopher's biological father is Dermot Harris.
  • Charlotte Brosnan aka Charlotte Emily Harris: Born on November 27, 1971. Pierce adopted Charlotte after his marriage to Cassandra Harris. Charlotte's biological father is Dermot Harris. She has two children. At the age of 41, Charlotte died of ovarian cancer on June 28, 2013.
  • Sean Brosnan: Born in 1983. Sean is an actor. His mother is Cassandra Harris.
  • Dylan Thomas Brosnan: Born in 1997. Keely is his mother.
  • Paris Beckett Brosnan: born in 2001. Keely is his mother.


Pierce Brosnan: Actor.

Keely Smith: Actress, journalist, author, and environmental activist.


As of August 2008, Pierce and Keely owned homes in Florida and Hawaii.

Quotes About the Marriage of Keely and Pierce Brosnan:

Pierce: "I found a great woman in Keely. Not if I searched a million times over would I find one as good."
Source: Susan Donaldson James. "Does Obsession With Perfect Bodies Hurt Women?" ABCNews.go.com. 1/29/2008.

Pierce: "I want the world to know I love this woman."
"Their Bond gets better." US Weekly. 1/13/2003, pg. 55.

Pierce: "I love romance: I bring Keely breakfast in bed on a tray with a single flower from our garden. I did that when we first started dating, and I still do it."
Source: Colleen Rush. "Revealed! 97 Secrets to a Happy Marriage." Redbookmag.com

Pierce about their wedding: "After years of working bloody hard I wanted to be able to celebrate our love. It's great to be alive, to be doing this with our friends and family ... life has been good to us and long may it last."
Source: Degen Pener. Instyle. 2/2002. pg. 186.

Degen Pener: "In honor of their wedding they made a large donation to help fund a vocational school for Tibetans in exile in Nepal, while flowers from the reception and a huge portion of wedding cake went to a local home for senior citizens."
Source: Degen Pener. Instyle. 2/2002. pg. 186.

Pierce about the $1 million price tag for the wedding: "This wedding could make me a pauper, but emotionally it's money in the bank."
Source: Karen S. Schneider, Pete Norman, Eileen Finan, Esther Leach. "Two on the Isle" People Weekly. 8/20/2001.

Charlotte, Pierce's daughter: "Just seeing the ultimate love that these two people have for each other was unbelievable. My dad has found it again, and that makes me happy."
Source: Karen S. Schneider, Peter Norman, Eileen Finan, Esther Leach. "Two on the Isle" People Weekly. 8/20/2001.

Previous Marriages:

Pierce was married to Cassandra Harris. Their marriage lasted from 1980 to 1991 when Cassandra died from ovarian cancer.

Additional Sources:
"Keely Shaye Smith." Imdb.com
"Pierce Brosnan recreates passionate From Here to Eternity beach kiss with wife." DailyMail.co.uk. 8/23/2008.

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