Colin was born in Leeds in 1983 and died, aged only 28, in Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires Province in September 2012. He moved to Edinburgh in 1999, where he studied Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh. He had also lived in Málaga, Coimbra and Barcelona. Both his parents, Helen Chambers and Hugh Rorrison are linguists and translators.
He was widely read in Latin American literature and had an immense knowledge of cinema and of Latin American film in particular, and had translated the text of a new film by Bráulio Mantovani, who wrote the award-winning screenplay of City of God (Cidade de Deus). Colin died on his first trip to Latin America while visiting a friend in Argentina with the idea of possibly finding work there. He was looking forward to experiencing Brazil first-hand as he passed through São Paulo on the way home. This, sadly, was not to be.