Colin Salmon
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Colin Salmon

Colin Salmon
Colin Salmon 2008-10a.jpg
Salmon at Dinard British Film Festival (France), 2008
Born (1962-12-06) 6 December 1962 (age 57)
EducationRamridge Primary School
Ashcroft High School
Years active1992-present
Fiona Hawthorne
Parent(s)Sylvia Ivy Brudenell Salmon

Colin Salmon (born 6 December 1962) is a British actor known for playing Charles Robinson in three James Bond films, and James "One" Shade in the Resident Evil film series. He has had roles on many television series such as Tales from the Crypt, 24: Live Another Day, Arrow, Limitless, and Master of None. He most recently played General Zod on the Syfy series Krypton and provided his voice and likeness as Agent Carson in the PlayStation VR video game Blood & Truth.

Early life

Salmon was born in Bethnal Green, London, England, the son of Sylvia Ivy Brudenell Salmon, a nurse. He is of Jamaican descent.[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:

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 upcoming Cheltenham gig.[4]


Salmon is 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.[5] He made his feature debut in 1992 as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mini-series Prime Suspect 2.[5] Salmon also played Note Makoti in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency[5] 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.[6] (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.)[7] 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,[5] 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, criss-crossed chunks). He reprised his role as a clone version of One in the 2012 film Resident Evil: Retribution, alongside Michelle Rodriguez and Oded Fehr.[5]

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[8] (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 starred in the thriller film Exam, directed by Stuart Hazeldine.[9]

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

In 2015, he played a fictional version of himself in the Netflix series, Master of None alongside Aziz Ansari's main character. On 9 May 2015 Salmon gave a reading at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London. In 2018, he portrayed the role of Chudleigh Pomeroy in Mortal Engines.

Personal life

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]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Captives Towler
1995 All Men Are Mortal Chas
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Charles Robinson
1998 Immortality Martin
1999 The World Is Not Enough Charles Robinson
Fanny and Elvis Alan
2001 My Kingdom The Chair
2002 Resident Evil One
Die Another Day Charles Robinson
2003 The Statement Father Patrice
2004 Freeze Frame Detective Mountjoy
Alien vs. Predator Maxwell Stafford
2005 Match Point Ian
2008 The Bank Job Hakim Jamal
Credo Dr. Reynolds
Clubbed Louis
Punisher: War Zone Paul Budiansky
Blood: The Last Vampire Powell
2009 Exam The Invigilator
K Vaughn
2010 Freestyle Carter
Shank Boogie
Just for the Record Maynard Stark
Devil's Playground Peter White
Stalker Leo Fox
2011 Moving Target Ralph
High Chicago Sam
How to Stop Being a Loser Dennis
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution Clone One
2015 The Rapture Jean-Paul
Meet Pursuit Delange: The Movie Sergeant Gabriel/Archangel Gabriel
2016 London Has Fallen Commissioner Sir Kevin Hazard
Criminal Warden
2018 Mortal Engines Chudleigh Pomeroy
2020 Zone 414 Hawthorne
2021 The Devil's Light Father Quinn Filming
TBA The Bet Cal Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Prime Suspect 2 Detective Sergeant Bob Oswald
1993 Lovejoy Rathbone Episode 5.4: "The Kakiemon Tiger"
Between the Lines Eric Hutchinson Episode 2.7: "The Fifth Estate"
1994 Murder Most Horrid Lambert Episode 2.1: "Overkill"
Soldier Soldier Colour Sgt. Dennis Ryan Episode 4.2: "Away Games" / Episode 4.3: "Damage"
1995 All Men Are Mortal Chas
Shine on Harvey Moon Noah Hawksley
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"
Tales from the Crypt Jimmy Picket Episode 7.6: "Cold War"
1997 No Child of Mine Paul TV movie
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
Judge John Deed Willy Radcliff Episode 1.0: "Exacting Justice" / Episode 1.1: "Rough Justice"
2002 Dinotopia Capt. Oonu TV miniseries
The Red Phone: Manhunt Cooper TV movie
Murder in Mind Alex Treeve Episode 3.7: "Justice"
2003 Red Phone 2 Cooper TV movie
Keen Eddie Superintendent Nathanial Johnson Main role
2004 Trial & Retribution Colin Thorpe Episode 8.1: "Blue Eiderdown: Part 1" / Episode 8.2: "Blue Eiderdown: Part 2"
Hex David Tyrel Main role
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
Little Miss Jocelyn Episode 1.6
The Outsiders Trainer TV Movie
2007 Party Animals Stephen Templeton
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Mitchell Episode 1.8
2008 Doctor Who Dr. Moon / The Doctor 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
Merlin Aglain Episode 2.3: "The Nightmare Begins"
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"
Rev. Leon Episode 1.5
Spooks Alton Beecher Episode 9.4 / Episode 9.6
2010-2016 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Hudson 6 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
Some Girls Rob Bennett 11 episodes
2013 Rita Colin Paige TV movie
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 Main role
The Musketeers Tariq Alaman Episode 2.3: "The Good Traitor"
A.D. The Bible Continues Gabra 2 episodes
Master of None Colin Salmon Episode 1.5: "The Other Man"
2015-2016 Limitless Jarrod Sands Recurring
2017 Tracey Ullman's Show Various
2017-2018 Sofia the First Orion Recurring; season 4
2018 Krypton General Dru-Zod Series regular
2019 Silent Witness Headteacher Mr Noah Taylor Series 22 (Episodes 3 & 4 Lift Up Your Hearts)

Voice work

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Alien: River of Pain Captain Demian Brackett


  1. ^ Colin Salmon Biography (1962-) Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The new Ashcroft; Grand opening" Archived 3 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine, 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) Archived 11 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Blues & Soul, April 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Colin Salmon Licence to Thrill". 2020.
  6. ^ "New guest stars announced for series 4". 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "Colin Salmon Fishes for Doctor Who Role" Archived 6 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Underwire.
  8. ^ "Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask" Archived 12 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, California Newsreel.
  9. ^ "Trailer for UK Thriller 'Exam' Drops in a Little Late". BloodyDisgusting. 28 November 2009. Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Colin Salmon, Actor", TEDx Houses of Parliament.
  11. ^ "Avondale Park Primary and St. Anne's Nursery" Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
  12. ^ "Who Is Involved" Archived 11 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Fox Carnival Band.
  13. ^ Biography Archived 18 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine, 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" Archived 11 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine, weWomen, 23 September 2010.
  16. ^ "Cage Cricket Features on BBC Breakfast" Archived 17 January 2015 at, Cage Cricket, 5 August 2013.

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