Brendan O'Carroll

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Brendan O'Carroll
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Born (1955-09-17) 17 September 1955 (age 59)
Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor, comedian, producer
Years active 1991–present
Net worth Increase £10 Million (2013)
Spouse(s) Doreen O'Carroll (1977–1999)
Jennifer Gibney (2005-)
Children 4

Brendan O'Carroll (born 17 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 and milkman. In 1984 he briefly served as butler to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.[3]

Career[edit]

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 (now 2014), 23 (possibly more now) episodes have aired, across three series, on RTÉ One and BBC One. Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie was released in 2014, and was a significant success in the UK, staying at #1 in the Box office for two consecutive weeks. However the film had very bad reviews, one saying it was not just unfunny but "anti-funny".

Family and 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: Brendan (deceased), Danny, Fiona and Eric. Danny and Fiona also star alongside him and many of his family in Mrs Brown's Boys. O'Carroll's first son, Brendan, died from spina bifida when he was just a few days old.

O'Carroll's paternal grandfather Peter O'Carroll was shot dead on 16 October 1920 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[4][5]

He is a member of Mensa and also a supporter of Manchester United and Liverpool FC.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Character(s)
1996 The Van Weslie
1996 The Van Weslie
1999 Agnes Browne Seamus the Drunk
2014 Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie Agnes Brown and Mr. Wang

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere Gypsy Joe
2011-present Mrs. Brown's Boys Agnes Brown
2013 The Security Men Jimmy
2015 Mrs Brown's Boys: The Animated Series Agnes Brown

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role
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

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