Colin Salmon is an actor who started his career in the British mini-series Prime Suspect 2 in 1992. He has also appeared in Resident Evil, Dinotopia, My Kingdom, Mind Games, Fanny and Elvis, The Wisdom of Crocodiles and many other movies. He is well known for his recurring role in the James Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Colin is active in television, starring in 24: Live Another Day, Arrow, Some Girls, Single Ladies and many more.
He has been in many theatre productions, including After Darwin, Buddy, All or Nothing at All, Head in the Machine, and Ariande. He was one of the celebrity contestants on the tenth series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, making it to the fifth week of the show.
Colin is an avid fan of his hometown club, Luton Town FC. He plays the drums and is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter.
Besides his involvement with the Special Olympics, Colin is also a patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust and an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. He is also an accomplished jazz musician. He is regularly involved in the Notting Hill Carnival, 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. In 2012, Colin helped set a world record for the largest steel band ever to perform as part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival. Colin is also the co–founder of Cage Cricket, a charity to ignite passion and open access to cricket for everyone.
Colin’s passion for becoming an ambassador with Special Olympics GB is partly inspired by his mother who was a nurse supporting and caring for children with learning disabilities.
Colin Salmon said: “My mother worked as a nurse when I was a child and always told me ‘Children with learning disability were angels here for a purpose and until our society included and found a place for them we were not a complete society’."
He is married to artist Fiona Hawthorne whose work can be seen on her Portobello Wall mural in W10.
Colin has supported Special Olympics GB since February 2013.