15 September 1955 |
Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
|Spouse(s)||Doreen O'Carroll (1977–1999)
Jennifer Gibney (2005-)
Brendan O'Carroll (born 15 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 (Member of Parliament). 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, DJ, and butler to Margaret Thatcher, 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, and re-toured two of them, during 2014 and 2015. In 2011, his plays were adapted into a television sitcom. So far, from 2011 to 2013, 23 episodes have aired, across three series, on BBC One. In 2012, Mrs Brown's Boys was adapted into a one-off game show, called Mrs Brown's Celebrities. The show was a big hit, and returned for a full series in 2015. 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, and just one week later, O'Carroll decided to write a spin-off, called Wash & Blow, which was released on 31 October 2014. In Wash & Blow, O'Carroll played French salon owner, Mario. In addition, an animated series of Mrs. Brown's Boys was confirmed, and a chain of eight episodes aired, during April and May 2015. 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 BBC One.
O'Carroll was married to Doreen O'Carroll from 1977 to 1999. He married Jennifer Gibney in 2005. O'Carroll has four children.
|2014||Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie||Agnes Brown|
|Wash & Blow||Mario|
|2011-2013||Mrs. Brown's Boys||Agnes Brown|
|2012, 2015–present||Mrs Brown's Celebrities|
|2013–present||The Security Men||Jimmy|
|Mrs Brown's Christmas Crackers||Agnes Brown|
|2015||Mrs Brown's Boys: The Animated Series|
|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|
- 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.