Brendan O'Carroll

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Brendan O'Carroll
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Born (1955-09-15) 15 September 1955 (age 59)
Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor, comedian, producer
Years active 1991–present
Known for Agnes Brown in Mrs. Brown's Boys
Net worth Increase £10 million (2013)
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 matriarch Agnes Brown in the BBC television sitcom 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 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, a movie named Agnes Browne starring Anjelica Huston was released, based on his book "The Mammy". O'Carroll also co-wrote the screenplay. He then 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, 33 episodes have aired, across three series and several Christmas special episodes, on RTÉ One and BBC One. Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie was released on 27 June 2014, and was a significant success in the UK, staying at number one in the box office for two consecutive weeks. However, the film had negative reviews; one saying it was not just unfunny but "anti-funny". An animated series of Mrs Brown's Boys has been announced, due to air in 2016.

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, a prominent Republican was shot dead on 16 October 1920 at his home in Manor Street, Dublin, the incident investigated in the television series 'Who do you think you are?'. Researchers suggested British Intelligence officer Jocelyn Lee Hardy[3][4] may have been responsible as David Neligan (a Royal Irish Constabulary officer secretly working for IRA leader Michael Collins) stated that Collins suspected he was responsible for a similar killing.

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



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


Year Title Role
2004 Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere Gypsy Joe
2011–2014 Mrs. Brown's Boys Agnes Brown
2013 The Security Men Jimmy
2013–present Mrs Brown's Boys: Christmas Crackers Agnes Brown
2016 Mrs Brown's Boys: The Animated Series


Year Title Role
1999 Mrs Brown's Last Wedding Agnes Brown
2002, 2012, 2014 Mrs Brown Rides Again
2002, 2011–12 Good Mourning Mrs Brown
2007, 2013 For The Love of Mrs Brown
2009, 2015 How Now Mrs Brown Cow



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