17 September 1955 |
Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
|Residence||Florida, United States|
|Net worth||£10 Million (2013)|
|Spouse(s)||Doreen O'Carroll (1977–1999)
Jennifer Gibney (2005-)
Brendan O'Carroll (born 17 September 1955) is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, and director. He is best known for portraying foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown in the BBC television series Mrs. Brown's Boys.
O'Carroll was born in Finglas, Dublin. His mother, Maureen, was a Labour Party TD. His father, Gerard O'Carroll, was a carpenter; O'Carroll says that this has had a huge impact on his life. He left school at the age of 12 and had a string of occupations, including a waiter, milkman, and DJ before going to work for a theatre company.
In 1992, he performed a short radio play titled Mrs Brown's Boys and shortly afterwards he wrote four books titled The Mammy, The Granny, The Chisellers and The Scrapper. In 1999, O'Carroll decided to put together his own family theatre company, called Mrs Brown's Boys, and dressed up as a woman to play his part as the actress he had originally hired failed to turn up. From 1999 to 2009, he wrote and performed in five plays. Since 2011, the stage shows have been re-toured across the UK. In 2011, his plays were adapted into a television sitcom. So far, from 2011 to 2013, 23 episodes have aired, across three series, on RTÉ One and BBC One. The television sitcom ended in 2013, and allowed O'Carroll to focus on Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, which was released on 27 June 2014. The film was a huge success in the UK by staying at #1 in the Box office for two consecutive weeks. Even though the cast have not made any new series, they still get together every Christmas, to create two brand new specials. Despite giving up most of his time to the Mrs Brown's Boys cast, O'Carroll also played Jimmy, in The Security Men, that aired on ITV in April 2013.
O'Carroll was married to Doreen O'Carroll from 1977 to 1999. He married Jennifer Gibney in 2005. O'Carroll has three children, Danny, Fiona and Eric. Danny and Fiona also star alongside him and many of his family in Mrs Brown's Boys. Eldest son, Brendan died from Spina Bifida when he was just a few days old. In August 2014 O'Carroll featured on BBC TV's Who Do You Think You Are investigating the murder of his grandfather Peter O'Carroll during the Irish War of Independence. On 16 October 1920, Peter O'Carroll was shot dead at his home in Manor Street, Dublin. The killer was later revealed in David Neligan's (a British intelligence officer secretly working for Michael Collins) biography as Jocelyn Lee Hardy,a former decorated British Army officer who had a ruthless reputation as an intelligence officer attached to F Company, Auxiliary Division, Royal Irish Constabulary, based at Dublin Castle. According to Neligan's memoirs, Hardy had approached O'Carroll earlier and ordered him to surrender his two sons (who were active IRA members) to the Auxiliaries at Dublin Castle by a certain time, otherwise he would have O'Carroll shot. Neligan further recounts that, after the two sons failed to surrender, Hardy and two other men approached O'Carroll's hardware shop late on the night of the 15th and knocked on his door. O'Carroll opened the door, was set upon and immediately executed with a silenced pistol to his left temple. The assassins promptly left a false note stating that the IRA had committed the murder because he was a traitor to the Irish people. 
|2014||Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie||Agnes Brown and Mr. Wang|
|2004||Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere||Gypsy Joe|
|2011-2014||Mrs. Brown's Boys||Agnes Brown|
|2013||The Security Men||Jimmy|
|2015||Mrs Brown's Boys: The Animated Series||Agnes Brown|
|1999||Mrs Brown's Last Wedding||Agnes Brown|
|2002, 2012, 2014||Mrs Brown Rides Again|
|2002, 2011, 2012||Good Mourning Mrs Brown|
|2007, 2013||For The Love of Mrs Brown|
|2009, 2015||How Now Mrs Brown Cow|
- St. Canices Girls National School
- McGreevy, Ronan (27 April 2011). "Necessity the mammy of invention as O'Carroll's Mrs Brown is up for Bafta". The Irish Times.
- Smith, Patrick. Another 'Mushy' moment? The Daily Telegraph 29 August 2014