Born: May 16 1952 in Navan, County Meath, Ireland.
Star sign: Taurus.
Parents: Alcoholic father Thomas left the family and Pierce was sent to live with his grandparents from age four to 11 while his mother May trained to be a nurse in London. Only met his father when he was 33.
Education: Primary education in Ireland with the Christian Brothers before moving to Putney, London, at age 11 where he attended a local comprehensive school. Brosnan left at 15 and went to The Drama Centre in London.
Previous jobs: Fire eater and commercial artist. Also, he and Jeremy Irons worked for the same cleaning service - Domestics Unlimited.
Lives: In a $7 million 1950s Malibu beach hut with five bedrooms, swimming pool, private beach and big-screen cinema. Rents a house in Hampstead, London, and is looking to buy a property in Ireland.
Love life: Is engaged to journalist Keely Shaye-Smith with whom he has a son, Dylan Thomas. His late wife Cassandra Harris, who was a Bond girl in For Your Eyes Only, died of Ovarian cancer in 1991; they met in 1970 and married in 1977.
Trivia: Pierce has his own film production company, DreamTime Inc.