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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‘I thought I was a goner’

Heart attack scare for Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O’Carroll has told of how he was rushed to hospital after a day filming Mrs Brown's Boys, thinking he was having a heart attack.

The comedian said ‘I thought I was a goner’ after he woke in the night feeling very unwell.

He asked his wife Jenny – who plays his daughter Cathy Brown in the show – to call an ambulance to the apartment hotel in Glasgow where they were staying while filming the Christmas special of BBC One sitcom.

‘At about 2am I had to wake Jenny up. I said to her, "You should call an ambulance I think I’m having a heart attack.",’ he recalled.

They went down to the street to meet the medics, and he said: ‘When Jenny and I were in the lift we were still on to 999. The guy was giving her instructions: he told her to put her hand on my tonsil, to count my heartbeat, saying: "If he falls, put him on his side..

‘It was all going on. I had the fright of my life and I thought I was a goner.’

But the illness was actually a ‘very violent’ bug.

‘When I got in the ambulance they did the tests and said "Well it is not your heart ’",’   the 62-year-old told Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late show in Ireland.

‘The minute he said that, I vomited. I vomited it out for 12 hours. I couldn’t have eaten what I threw up.’

A spokeswoman for the actor said he is now  feeling ‘tip-top’.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

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