Brendan O'Carroll

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Brendan O'Carroll
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Born (1955-09-15) 15 September 1955 (age 58)
Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Doreen O'Carroll (1977–1999)
Jennifer Gibney (2005-)
Children 4

Brendan O'Carroll (born 15 September 1955) is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, and director.[1] He is best known for portraying foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown in the BBC television series Mrs. Brown's Boys.[2]

Early life[edit]

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 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. From 1999 to 2009, he wrote and performed in five plays. In 2011, his plays were adapted into a television sitcom called Mrs. Brown's Boys. So far, from 2011 to 2013, 23 episodes have aired, across three series on BBC One, including four Christmas specials. The show took a one-year break in 2014, allowing O'Carroll to focus on Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, which was released on 27 June 2014, as well as re-touring Mrs. Brown Rides Again. On 20 June 2014, it was announced that O'Carroll would be working on two new spin-offs from the movie, entitled Wash & Blow and Mr Wang. In addition, an animated version of Mrs. Brown's Boys has been confirmed and is expected to air in 2015.[3]

Mrs. Brown's Boys[edit]

Main article: Mrs. Brown's Boys

Mrs. Brown's Boys has met with unprecedented success. In the United Kingdom, the consolidated figures for the 2012 Christmas specials were the most watched programmes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day respectively: "Mammy Christmas" had 11.68 million viewers (41.3%) and "The Virgin Mammy" was watched by 10.72 million viewers.

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie topped the UK and Ireland box office taking £4.3 million in the UK alone in two days. This propelled the film to No.1 in the Box Office in the UK. In Ireland, the movie had the biggest opening weekend box-office numbers for any Irish movie.

The success of both Mrs. Brown's Boys and its film offshoot is at odds with critics who regularly deplore the show and dub it the "worst comedy ever made".

However, one viewpoint of the show's success is that it represents working-class comedy, similar to shows such as On the Buses and The Dick Emery Show in contrast to alternative comedy, which later came to dominate television and sitcom comedy shows. Others relate to O'Carroll as comedy performer which include slapstick, parody and double entendre.

Personal life[edit]

O'Carroll was married to Doreen O'Carroll from 1977 to 1999. He married Jennifer Gibney in 2005. O'Carroll has four children.



Year Title Role
1996 The Van Weslie
2014 Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie Agnes Brown


Year Title Role
2011— Mrs. Brown's Boys Agnes Brown
2015— Mrs Brown's Boys: The Animated Series


Year Title Role
1999 Mrs Brown's Last Wedding Agnes Brown
2002, 2014 Mrs Brown Rides Again
2002 Good Mourning Mrs Brown
2007 For The Love of Mrs Brown
2009, 2015 How Now Mrs Brown Cow


  1. ^ St. Canices Girls National School
  2. ^ McGreevy, Ronan (27 April 2011). "Necessity the mammy of invention as O'Carroll's Mrs Brown is up for Bafta". The Irish Times. 
  3. ^ "Mrs Brown's Boys cartoon confirmed". 21 February 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 


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