Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O’Carroll is a writer, actor and comedian, best known for creating the Irish mammy Agnes Brown, star of the BBC One sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys. The youngest of eleven children, O’Carroll was born and raised in Dublin, and ran his own bar and cabaret lounge before turning to comedy.

He originally thought up the character of Mrs Brown for a two-week radio show in 1992, unintentionally becoming the character after the actress supposed to play her failed to turn up. Agnes Brown became the lead character in The Mammy, O’Carroll’s first book, written in 1994. It became a bestseller and was turned into a 2000 film, starring Angelica Huston as Mrs Brown. O’Carroll followed it up with other books: The Chiselers, The Granny and Sparrow’s Trap.

O’Carroll also wrote five plays based on Mrs Brown between 2001 and 2009, including Mourning Mrs Brown, For The Love Of Mrs Brown, and How Now Mrs Brown Cow? The stage phenomenon began at the Glasgow Pavilion, and in 2010 BBC Scotland in 2010 to turn the various adventures of Mrs Brown into a TV show. The finished product, Mrs Brown’s Boys, was broadcast on BBC One in 2011 to divided critical opinion, but growing audience. The shown returned for a second series in 2012, and won a BAFTA in the same year for best sitcom, as well as O’Carroll being nominated for best male performance in a comedy programme.

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Mrs Brown star Brendan O'Carroll to front new BBC panel show

...featuring a lot of his family, too

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll is to present a new panel show for BBC One… which naturally features some of his family.

And of course the title sounds a bit rude, too.

For Facts Sake will feature two teams captained by a rotating cast of Mrs. Brown’s Boys regulars, with the rest of the panel made up of members of the audience, invited down to join the game.

The teams will then try to ‘outfox each other with their fascinating facts and eye for true trivia’, according to the BBC.

O’Carroll says: ‘I’m really excited to be doing a show where I don’t have to wear a bra! When we did the pilot it was great fun, if we can capture that on the screen we are all in for a good time.’

Dan Baldwin, the managing director of programme-makers Hungry Bear Media, says: 'Brendan is incredibly bright, is the ultimate raconteur and has a hunger for exceptional facts and unbelievable historical truths. The show will put both his, and the audience’s, knowledge to the test with brilliantly funny rounds, games and videos that push the public firmly in the spotlight.’

O’Carroll’s son, daughter, sister, wife, grandson, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and sister-in-law all have roles in Mrs Brown’s Boys,

For Facts Sake will air later this year.

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Published: 23 Feb 2018

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