Colin Salmon at Dinard British Film Festival (France)
6 December 1962
Bethnal Green, London, England
|Education||Ramridge Primary School
Ashcroft High School
|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. More recently he has been seen by television audiences as Walter Steele on The CW series Arrow and General Coburn on 24: Live Another Day, a limited series based on Fox network's hit TV series, 24. He will next be seen as Jared Sands on the CBS television series Limitless.
Salmon was born in Bethnal Green, London, England, the son of Sylvia Ivy Brudenell Salmon, a nurse. He grew up in Luton and attended Ramridge Primary School and Ashcroft High School.His parents are Ethiopian immigrants.
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. The band released a 7-inch EP, a live cassette, a cassette-EP and performed regularly around Luton in 1979 and 1980. Salmon also briefly worked with another band, the Tee Vees. 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:
|“||In terms of recording, we've done none. We've mostly just done very occasional performances – usually at very special events. You know, keeping a consistent band going is a bit like getting the Aston Martin out the garage – you have to run it every now and then! And what's made that particularly difficult in the last year, for example, is that I've literally just spent an entire 12 months travelling the world acting – from China through to Montreal to Botswana. But, having said that, with the children being older I do have more time when I am at home these days. So we have been able to do some rehearsing together. And, while we've always mostly performed standards, I have actually for the first time written some new stuff in time for this upcomng Cheltenham gig.||”|
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. (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.) 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 (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 2012, Salmon appeared in Death in Paradise, as killer/businessman Leon Hamilton/Vincent Carter
Salmon was one of the celebrity contestants on the tenth series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff. He was eliminated as a result of the "dance-off" in Week 5, in which he competed against Richard Arnold.
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. He is also the chairman of governors at St Anne's Nursery. He is involved in the Notting Hill Carnival and is the dance captain of the Fox Carnival Band.
In September 2010, Salmon was invited by his friend Samuel L. Jackson to Switzerland for Shooting Stars Benefits 2010 Golf Tournaments. 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.
Colin is a supporter of Luton Town Football Club.
|1995||All Men Are Mortal||Chas|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Charles Robinson|
|1999||The World Is Not Enough||Charles Robinson|
|1999||Fanny and Elvis||Alan|
|2001||My Kingdom||The Chair|
|2002||Die Another Day||Charles Robinson|
|2003||The Statement||Father Patrice|
|2004||Freeze Frame||Detective Mountjoy|
|2004||Alien vs. Predator||Maxwell Stafford|
|2008||The Bank Job||Hakim Jamal|
|2008||Punisher: War Zone||Paul Budiansky|
|2008||Blood: The Last Vampire||Powell|
|2010||Just for the Record||Maynard Stark|
|2010||Devil's Playground||Peter White|
|2011||How to Stop Being a Loser||Dennis|
|2012||Resident Evil: Retribution||One|
|2015||Meet Pursuit Delange: The Movie||Sergeant Gabriel/Archangel Gabriel|
|2015||London Has Fallen||TBA|
|1992||Prime Suspect 2||Detective Sergeant Bob Oswald|
|1993||Lovejoy||Rathbone||Episode 5.4: "The Kakiemon Tiger"|
|1993||Between the Lines||Eric Hutchinson||Episode 2.7: "The Fifth Estate"|
|1994||Murder Most Horrid||Lambert||Episode 2.1: "Overkill"|
|1994||Soldier Soldier||Colour Sgt. Dennis Ryan||Episode 4.2: "Away Games" / Episode 4.3: "Damage"|
|1995||All Men Are Mortal||Chas|
|1995||Shine on Harvey Moon||Noah Hawksley|
|1995||Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask||Frantz Fanon||Documentary|
|1996||Silent Witness||Sebastian Bird||Episode 1.3: "Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1" / Episode 1.4: "Long Days, Short Nights: Part 2"|
|1996||Tales from the Crypt||Jimmy Picket||Episode 7.6: "Cold War"|
|1997||No Child of Mine||Paul||TV Movie|
|1997||Band of Gold||Raymond||Episode 3.5: "Tainted Love: Part One" / Episode 3.6: "Tainted Love: Part Two"|
|2001||Mind Games||DCI Ricky Grover||TV Movie|
|2001||Judge John Deed||Willy Radcliff||Episode 1.0: "Exacting Justice" / Episode 1.1: "Rough Justice"|
|2002||The Red Phone: Manhunt||Cooper||TV Movie|
|2002||Murder in Mind||Alex Treeve||Episode 3.7: "Justice"|
|2003||Red Phone 2||Cooper||TV Movie|
|2003||Keen Eddie||Superintendent Nathanial Johnson|
|2004||Trial & Retribution||Colin Thorpe||Episode 8.1: "Blue Eiderdown: Part 1" / Episode 8.2: "Blue Eiderdown: Part 2"|
|2005||Sea of Souls||Peter Locke||Episode 2.5: "Empty Promise: Part 1" / Episode 2.6: "Empty Promise: Part 2"|
|2006||Bad Girls||Dr. Rowan Dunlop||Series 8|
|2006||Little Miss Jocelyn||Episode 1.6|
|2006||The Outsiders||Trainer||TV Movie|
|2007||Party Animals||Stephen Templeton|
|2007||Secret Diary of a Call Girl||Mitchell||Episode 1.8|
|2008||Doctor Who||Dr. Moon||Episode 4.8: "Silence in the Library" / Episode 4.9: "Forest of the Dead"|
|2008-2009||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||Note Makoti||Episode 1.0: "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" / Episode 1.6: "A Real Botswana Diamond"|
|2009-2014||Law & Order: UK||Doug Greer||4 episodes|
|2009||The Omid Djalili Show||007||Episode 2.2 / Episode 2.4 / Episode 2.5|
|2009||Merlin||Aglain||Episode 2.3: "The Nightmare Begins|
|2009||Annihilation Earth||Raja Rahim Bashir||TV Movie|
|2010||Strike Back||James Middleton||Episode 1.1: "Iraq: Part One" / Episode 1.2: "Iraq: Part Two" / Episode 1.3 "Zimbabwe: Part One" / Episode 1.4: "Zimbabwe: Part Two"|
|2010||MI-5||Alton Beecher||Episode 9.4 / Episode 9.6|
|2010-2012||The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret||Hudson||4 episodes|
|2011||Death in Paradise||Vincent Carter||Episode 1.5|
|2011-2012||Single Ladies||Jerry Waters||7 episodes|
|2012-2014||Arrow||Walter Steele||14 episodes|
|2012-2014||Some Girls||Rob Bennett||11 episodes|
|2013||Rita||Colin Paige||TV Movie|
|2013||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Graham||Episode 3.10: "U-KO'ed"|
|2014||24: Live Another Day||General Coburn||7 episodes|
|2015||No Offence||Det. Superintendent Darren Maclaren|
|2015||The Musketeers||Tariq Alaman||Episode 2.3: "The Good Traitor"|
|2015||A.D.: The Bible Continues||Gabra||2 episodes|
- Colin Salmon Biography (1962-). Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "The new Ashcroft; Grand opening", Ashcroft High School.
- 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.
- Pete Lewis, "Colin Salmon: Swimming Against Typecasting" (interview), Blues & Soul, April 2008.
- "New guest stars announced for series 4.". bbc.co.uk. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-24.[dead link]
- "Colin Salmon Fishes for Doctor Who Role", Underwire. Wired.com
- "Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask", California Newsreel.
- "Trailer for UK Thriller 'Exam' Drops in a Little Late". BloodyDisgusting.
- "Colin Salmon – Licence to Thrill", Strictly Come dancing, BBC One.
- "Colin Salmon, Actor", TEDx Houses of Parliament.
- "Avondale Park Primary and St. Anne’s Nursery", The Royal Borough of kensington and Chelsea.
- "Who Is Involved", Fox Carnival Band.
- Biography, Fiona Hawthorne website.
- Maureen Coleman, "Bond actor Colin Salmon reveals secret of his success... a beloved Northern Irish wife", Belfast Telegraph, 16 November 2012.
- "Samuel L. Jackson swings for charity", weWomen, 23 September 2010.
- "Cage Cricket Features on BBC Breakfast", Cage Cricket, 5 August 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Colin Salmon.|
- Colin Salmon at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Colin Salmon in libraries (WorldCat catalog)