"She took the bold steps to go away and be a nurse in England...wanting a better life for her and myself," said Brosnan of his "courageous" mom.
Hollywood icon Pierce Brosnan's roles on both small and big screens have given him a reputation as the ultimate gentleman. His on-screen persona mirrors his real life as a loving and devoted son to his mother.
Now, at the age of 69, Brosnan has a captivating charm that is beyond action-packed blockbusters and heartwarming films. Fans are still in awe of his talent and how he has not aged at all.
The James Bond actor revealed in an Irish Times interview in 2020 that he went through many difficulties before he became a Hollywood icon. He grew up as an only child from a "fractured family" and spent most of his childhood in a small Irish town called Navan, under the care of his maternal grandparents.
Ultimately, Brosnan was left to fend for himself after his grandparents died. He moved into a lodging house belonging to a woman named Eileen because his own relatives could not support him with enough space in their place, as per the Guardian.
Soon, he shifted with his mother to London. This was drastically different from his life in Ireland. Art was a skill Brosnan excelled at and he carried a portfolio of drawings made from cardboard with him. Subsequently, he became a trainee commercial artist. On exploring other career options, he stumbled upon acting. His mother encouraged him to follow this dream.
Therefore, while at Oval House, an off-West End theater, Brosnan passed a fire-eating class and decided to join the workshop, after which he received an additional three years of training at the London Drama Centre. He said as per Irish Times, "I didn't know what else to do except for painting. I joined the Oval House theatre and it was a wonderful education."
In 1975, he worked as an assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal, and within a year, he was discovered by Tennessee Williams, an American playwright. By the 1980s, Brosnan had worked his way to stardom in the entertainment industry. His claim to fame came from his captivating performance in the 1982 TV series, Remington Steele.
Brosnan eventually had his own family, but he has not forgotten about his mother. Instead, he has maintained a loving bond with her. Although Brosnan only saw his mother on a few occasions as a child, he remained a loving son to her.
He never held any grudges toward her because he knew she was working tirelessly for a good cause. He stated, "My mother was very courageous. She took the bold steps to go away and be a nurse in England. Basically wanting a better life for her and myself."
He is a grateful and loving son even now, giving her flowers, walking with her by the hand, and expressing his love for her. Brosnan visits his now-90-year-old mom and often takes her to lunch and spends quality time with her.
In April 2021, the Irish star appeared on Smith's doorstep and gifted her fresh flowers for her birthday. He captured the sweet moment and shared the photo of his mom smiling on Instagram."You have given me the world with your love. All my love in return," he stated and lovingly referred to her as his "darling Mother May."
He is a grateful son as without his mother, his life would not have been the same.
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