Charlotte Brosnan was an English actress and the adopted daughter of Hollywood megastar Pierce Brosnan. While she starred in some critically acclaimed movies, it was her relation to Pierce and her mother, Cassandra Harris, which made her the darling of media attention. However, she gained popularity among her peers and fans for her humble nature, kindness, and different charitable endeavors. Besides starring in movies like ‘The Nephew’ and ‘The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson’, she was also seen in TV shows like ‘NYPD Blue’. In spite of the success, Charlotte had to battle depression, drug & alcohol addiction when she was in her thirties, especially following the tragic passing away of her mother to Ovarian Cancer. Although she emerged victorious from this battle, the same disease later came back to claim her life at the age of forty-two. The devastating loss had a severe impact on her family members who often referred to her as the ‘custodian of laughter’ in the family. Statements released by Charlotte’s family and friends after her passing away showed the impact she had on their lives and she continues to be an inspiration to them.
Career & Fame
Fame followed Charlotte Brosnan from a very young age, first for being the daughter of ‘Bond girl’ Cassandra Harris, who was seen in ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Even her father Dermot Harris was a producer, thus, she was used to being under the limelight since childhood. After her mother started dating actor Pierce Brosnan, her face along with her brother’s was often seen on the media publications. In spite of all the glamour, she grew up having a normal childhood, largely due to the influence of her parents.
Charlotte later followed in the footsteps of her parents and became an actor. She made her acting debut on TV in the crime-thriller series ‘NYPD Blue’. She played the character of Amelia Rose in the episode ‘Innuendo’ (1995) and was praised for her acting. Her movie debut came in the ‘comedy-mockumentary’ ‘The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson’, which also starred her father Pierce Brosnan in a leading role. The movie released on July 25, 1997, was a surprise hit and received favorable reviews.
On August 28, 1998, she was seen in her last movie ‘The Nephew’. The movie was a critical hit and in spite of having a small role, Charlotte received praise for her performance. She attended the red carpet event for the movie with her father, which also brought a lot of attention to her. The same year she gave birth to her daughter and she unofficially quit acting to focus on her family.
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Ovarian Cancer & Struggles
In spite of the success she enjoyed, Charlotte was also hugely influenced by the loss of her mother to Ovarian Cancer, in 1991. The struggle of seeing a loved one slowly lose to this horrific illness eventually led to depression and addiction issues. In 2003, Charlotte checked herself in for treatment at ‘The Priory’ rehab center in England, to get out of drugs and alcohol addiction. She was successful in her efforts largely due to the unconditional support from her family members.
However, Ovarian Cancer would come back to haunt her life again. After being diagnosed with the same disease as her mother, she started her treatment. Although the treatment was extremely hard, she maintained a positive outlook towards life.
Unfortunately, on June 28, 2013, she lost the battle surrounded by her family. A statement released by Pierce later revealed the devastating impact of the loss “Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl”. Heartfelt condolences poured in from all sides, revealing the positive influence she had left behind.
Charlotte Brosnan was born on November 27, 1971, in London, England to Dermot Harris and Cassandra Harris. Her father died on November 12, 1986, and her mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer on December 28, 1991. Pierce Brosnan later adopted both Charlotte and her younger brother Christopher. She was also sister to half-brother Sean, son of Pierce and Cassandra, and brothers, Dylan and Paris, from Pierce’s marriage to Keely Shaye Smith.
Charlotte Brosnan passed away from Ovarian Cancer on June 28, 2013. Charlotte who was in a long time relationship with partner Alex Smith gave birth to daughter Isabella on August 15, 1998, and son Lucas, on April 16, 2005. Just days before her passing away, Charlotte married Alex in a secret ceremony in a private ceremony, attended by family and friends.