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Bond actor Colin Salmon reveals secret of his success... a beloved Northern Irish wife

By Maureen Coleman

Published 16/11/2012

Colin Salmon and his wife of 25 years, Fiona Hawthorne
Colin Salmon and his wife of 25 years, Fiona Hawthorne

Hollywood actor Colin Salmon has told how his Northern Irish wife Fiona Hawthorne helped him cope with the suicide of his mother, just months into their fledgling romance.

The star of three James Bond films and the Resident Evil movie series had only started dating the Co Down artist when his mother, who suffered depression for much of his childhood, took her own life.

Salmon, who took part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing, was 23 at the time and had met Fiona a few months beforehand while he was busking outside a theatre in London. In an interview with Hello! magazine, the 50-year-old heartthrob said Fiona's support helped him deal with his tragic loss and seal their commitment.

The couple will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary next June and have four children — Sasha (22), Rudi (20), Eden (15) and Benjamin (13). Salmon, who played Judi Dench’s chief-of-staff Charles Robinson in Bond blockbusters Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, said he put the success of his marriage down to “being married to an incredible woman, with amazing wisdom, patience and kindness”.

Fiona, who is a former pupil of Sullivan Upper in Holywood, Co Down, graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design and is an accomplished artist and illustrator.


Colin Salmon is one of Britain's most recognisable actors with a bold voice and posture. He has a recurring role in the James Bond films as Charles Robinson, M's chief-of-staff. He has also appeared as the Commander James ‘One’ Shade in the video-game-to-movie Resident Evil (2002), and played Oonu, squad leader of the Skybax, in the mini-series Dinotopia.

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