Colin Salmon

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Colin Salmon
Colin Salmon 2008-10a.jpg
Colin Salmon at Dinard British Film Festival (France)
Born Colin Salmon
(1962-12-06) 6 December 1962 (age 52)
Bethnal Green, London, England
Education Ramridge Primary School
Ashcroft High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Fiona Hawthorne
Children 4
Parent(s) Sylvia Ivy Brudenell Salmon

Colin Salmon (born 6 December 1962) is an English actor best known for playing Charles Robinson in three James Bond films and James "One" Shade in the Resident Evil film series. He currently has a recurring role as Walter Steele in The CW series Arrow, as well as a recurring role as General Coburn on 24: Live Another Day, a limited series based on Fox network's hit TV series, 24.

Early life[edit]

Salmon was born in Bethnal Green, London, England, the son of Sylvia Ivy Brudenell Salmon, a nurse.[1] He grew up in Luton and attended Ramridge Primary School and Ashcroft High School.[2]

On leaving school, Salmon became the drummer in the punk rock band the Friction which he formed along with three friends from Ashcroft High School.[3] The band released a 7-inch EP, a live cassette, a cassette-EP and performed regularly around Luton in 1979 and 1980.[3] Salmon also briefly worked with another band, the Tee Vees.[3] He plays trumpet and has his own jazz quartet playing at venues such as the Dorchester Grill Room and at events such as the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Speaking about his quartet to noted British jazz/soul writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, in a rare music-themed interview prior to their performance at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May 2008, Salmon stated:


He is best known for his role as Charles Robinson, a character in the James Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

He made his feature debut in 1992 as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mini-series Prime Suspect 2, which gave him much acclaim among British and American audiences. Salmon also played Note Makoti in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and David Tyrel in the Sky One UK television series Hex. He appears as himself in the sixth episode of the BBC Three comedy, Little Miss Jocelyn.

In 2006 he appeared in the eighth series of ITV drama Bad Girls as Senior Medical Officer Dr. Rowan Dunlop. He played Dr. Moon in two episodes ("Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead") of the fourth series of the long running science fiction television series Doctor Who.[5] (Subsequently there were rumours that he would take on the coveted lead role of The Doctor in 2008 after David Tennant, but the role went to Matt Smith.)[6] Salmon has also recorded the role of Kerr Avon in the new audio series of Blake's 7.

Salmon has worked twice with director Paul W.S. Anderson; appearing in the films Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator, in both of which Salmon's character meets a grisly end (in fact, a very similar end in both; both characters are sliced into small, crisscrossed chunks). He reprised his role as One in the 2012 film Resident Evil: Retribution, alongside Michelle Rodriguez and Oded Fehr.

Salmon also played Oonu, squad leader of the Skybax in the 2002 mini-series Dinotopia. His other film credits include Captives (1994), Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask[7] (a documentary directed by Isaac Julien in which Salmon plays the French psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon) (1996), The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998), Fanny and Elvis (1999) and My Kingdom (2001).

In 2007, Salmon appeared in the season finale of the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, playing a client of the protagonist, a call girl named Hannah Baxter.

In the 2008 film Clubbed, a film about nightclub bouncers in Coventry in the 1980s, Salmon plays one of the main characters, Louis. In the same year he appeared in The Bank Job as Hakim Jamal.

In 2009, Salmon appeared in the UK version of the popular American drama Law & Order, as barrister Doug Green in the episodes "Buried" and "Community Service".

In 2012, Salmon appeared in Death in Paradise, as killer/businessman Leon Hamilton/Vincent Carter

He stars in the British thriller film Exam, directed by Stuart Hazeldine.[8]

Salmon is one of the celebrity contestants on the tenth series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff.[9] He was eliminated as a result of the "dance-off" in Week 5, in which he competed against Richard Arnold.

Personal life[edit]

Salmon is a patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust and the Richard House Children's Hospice and an ambassador for The Prince's Trust.[10] He is also the chairman of governors at St Anne's Nursery.[11] He is involved in the Notting Hill Carnival and is the dance captain of the Fox Carnival Band.[12]

Salmon married Fiona Hawthorne[13] in 1988 and the couple have four children: Sasha, Rudi, Eden and Ben.[14]

In September 2010, Salmon was invited by his friend Samuel L. Jackson to Switzerland for Shooting Stars Benefits 2010 Golf Tournaments.[15] The golf competition raised money for the Samuel L. Jackson Foundation and the Swiss Red Cross to go towards a new hospital in Takéo Province, one of Cambodia's poorest provinces. In 2009 he became a co-founder of Cage Cricket with Trevor McArdle and Lawrence Prittipaul.[16]

Colin is a supporter of Luton Town Football Club.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Charles Robinson
1998 The Wisdom of Crocodiles Martin
2008 Clubbed Louis
2009 Exam The Invigilator


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Prime Suspect 2 Detective Sergeant Robert Oswald
1993 Lovejoy Rathbone Episode The Kakiemon Tiger
1994 Murder Most Horrid Lambert episode "Overkill"
1994 Captives Towler
1995 All Men Are Mortal Chas
1995 Shine On Harvey Moon Noah Harker
1996 Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
No Child of Mine Paul
Frantz Fanon A documentary
1997 Band of Gold Raymond
2004-2005 Hex David Tyrel
2015 The Musketeers Tariq Episode 2.3 "The Good Traitors"
2015 No Offence Police Officer


  1. ^ Colin Salmon Biography (1962-). Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The new Ashcroft; Grand opening", Ashcroft High School.
  3. ^ a b c Ogg, Alex (2006), "Friction", in No More Heroes: A Complete History of UK Punk from 1976 to 1980, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 978-1-901447-65-1, pp. 254-255.
  4. ^ Pete Lewis, "Colin Salmon: Swimming Against Typecasting" (interview), Blues & Soul, April 2008.
  5. ^ "New guest stars announced for series 4.". 24 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-24. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Colin Salmon Fishes for Doctor Who Role", Underwire.
  7. ^ "Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask", California Newsreel.
  8. ^ "Trailer for UK Thriller 'Exam' Drops in a Little Late". BloodyDisgusting. 
  9. ^ "Colin Salmon – Licence to Thrill", Strictly Come dancing, BBC One.
  10. ^ "Colin Salmon, Actor", TEDx Houses of Parliament.
  11. ^ "Avondale Park Primary and St. Anne’s Nursery", The Royal Borough of kensington and Chelsea.
  12. ^ "Who Is Involved", Fox Carnival Band.
  13. ^ Biography, Fiona Hawthorne website.
  14. ^ Maureen Coleman, "Bond actor Colin Salmon reveals secret of his success... a beloved Northern Irish wife", Belfast Telegraph, 16 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson swings for charity", weWomen, 23 September 2010.
  16. ^ "Cage Cricket Features on BBC Breakfast", Cage Cricket, 5 August 2013.
  17. ^ Colin Stars in Arrow[dead link]
  18. ^ "Colin Salmon Talks About His Role As Jerry Waters". VH1. 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 

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