Salmon at Dinard British Film Festival (France), 2008
|Education||Ramridge Primary School |
Ashcroft High School
|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.
Salmon was born in Bethnal Green, London, England, the son of Sylvia Ivy Brudenell Salmon, a nurse. He is of Jamaican descent. He grew up in Luton and attended Ramridge Primary School and Ashcroft High School.
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 upcoming Cheltenham gig.
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. He made his feature debut in 1992 as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mini-series Prime Suspect 2. 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, 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
|1995||All Men Are Mortal||Chas|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Charles Robinson|
|1999||The World Is Not Enough||Charles Robinson|
|Fanny and Elvis||Alan|
|2001||My Kingdom||The Chair|
|Die Another Day||Charles Robinson|
|2003||The Statement||Father Patrice|
|2004||Freeze Frame||Detective Mountjoy|
|Alien vs. Predator||Maxwell Stafford|
|2008||The Bank Job||Hakim Jamal|
|Punisher: War Zone||Paul Budiansky|
|Blood: The Last Vampire||Powell|
|Just for the Record||Maynard Stark|
|Devil's Playground||Peter White|
|How to Stop Being a Loser||Dennis|
|2012||Resident Evil: Retribution||Clone One|
|Meet Pursuit Delange: The Movie||Sergeant Gabriel/Archangel Gabriel|
|2016||London Has Fallen||Commissioner Sir Kevin Hazard|
|2018||Mortal Engines||Chudleigh Pomeroy|
|2021||The Devil's Light||Father Quinn||Filming|
|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"|
|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"|
|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)|
|2017||Alien: River of Pain||Captain Demian Brackett|