Brendan O’Carroll / Agnes BrownWaiter turned Writer
International Star, Author, Director, Script Writer, Playwright and Video Star of multiple award-winning TV series Mrs. Brown’s Boys and Mrs. Brown’s Boys: D’Movie and Stand Up Comic Brendan O’Carroll’s story begins very modestly.

The youngest of eleven children, Brendan O’Carroll was born in Dublin’s inner-city in 1955. His mother, Maureen, was a Labour TD (MP) and a huge influence on his life. He left school at 12 and worked as a waiter, trying many other occupations in his spare time – disco manager, milkman, pirate radio disc-jockey, painter-decorator etc.

For a time he ran his own bar and cabaret lounge before being persuaded to try the comedy circuit. The gigs were small at first and even included his own version of ‘Blind Date’, but word soon got around about this original and outrageous funnyman: soon there was standing-room only.

The real turning point in Brendan’s career was his first appearance on The Late Late Show, Ireland’s longest-running chat show: the studio audience and viewers loved him. His first video Live at the Tivoli went straight to No 1, knocking U2 out of the top slot and pushing Garth Brooks to No 3. In 1994 he was voted Ireland’s No 1 Variety Entertainer at the National Entertainment Awards.

He went on to make best-selling videos, and a bestselling record, as well as touring in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

The radio show Mrs Brown’s Boys, written by and starring Brendan, had a phenomenal daily audience on 2FM and led to the creation of Agnes Brown as the central character in Brendan’s first novel, The Mammy, published in 1994. The book topped the bestseller charts in Ireland for months and the film rights were snapped up.

The Mammy was followed by The Chisellers and The Granny and a prequel The Young Wan only sold in the US. In 2000, The Mammy was adapted into a movie when Hollywood came calling – Anjelica Huston read and loved Brendan’s books and made her directorial debut with Jim Sheridan with Agnes Brown.

Brendan’s writing also brought us the No. 1 Bestseller, The Scrapper (aka Sparrow’s Trap), which he later endeavoured to bring to the big screen.

He established himself in writing Stage Shows in 1995 with the critically acclaimed The Course, followed by Grandad’s Sure Lilys Still Alive. He then went on to bring Agnes to the Live Stage in a series of five live shows (to date!) in the Agnes Brown “Trilogy”. As Brendan will say “I know there are only supposed to be three parts to a Trilogy but I know a feckin’ band wagon when I see one”.

Brendan and the cast then brought the character of Agnes and Mrs. Brown’s Boys to the small screen between 2002 and 2008 with a series of seven film-like adaptations which were shown on Irish television and the boxset of which went multi-platinum in sales in Ireland and the UK – re-entering the Top 20 in the UK following the release of the TV Series.

In 2009, Brendan was approached by a BBC Producer who saw the show and it’s potential for television. The Television Series began as a six-part series based on the live shows airing on RTE One and BBC in January 2011 to huge audience. Following the success of the first series, BBC commissioned a second and then third series with Christmas Specials planned for the foreseeable future. Since 2011 Mrs. Brown’s Boys has taken the top slot in the ratings for the Christmas period with a staggering audience of over 15m. The DVDs of the Series have now sold over 7m copies and continue to reach the top spots of the Charts in UK and Ireland each year.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys has also run on Channel 7 in Australia bringing a whole new audience to the box office – Brendan and Cast had a 10 week run in Australia at the beginning of 2014 running a total of 49 shows in the larger Arenas in some cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth to name but a few.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie brought Agnes to the big screen and out of her comfort zone into the streets of Dublin. D’Movie was released in June 2014 to a phenomenal audience response breaking all box office records.

Brendan continues to write and perform as Agnes Brown and is currently getting ready to hit the UK and Ireland with the fifth play in the Trilogy! How Now Mrs. Brown Cow to sold out shows in some of the largest Arenas.

He and the cast returned to Australia in 2016 with Good Mourning Mrs. Brown and with Christmas Specials planned for the foreseeable future you have to wonder “does he ever stop”.

Brendan established himself in writing Stage Shows in 1995 with the critically acclaimed The Course, followed by Grandad’s Sure Lilys Still Alive. He then went on to bring Agnes to the Live Stage in a series of five live shows (to date!) in the Agnes Brown “Trilogy”. As Brendan will say “I know there are only supposed to be three parts to a Trilogy but I know a feckin’ band wagon when I see one”.

Brendan and the cast then brought the character of Agnes and Mrs. Brown’s Boys to the small screen between 2002 and 2008 with a series of seven film-like adaptations which were shown on Irish television and the Boxset of which went multi-platinum in sales in Ireland and the UK – re-entering the Top 20 in the UK following the release of the TV Series.

In 2009, Brendan was approached by a BBC Producer who saw the show and it’s potential for television. The Television Series began as a six-part series based on the live shows airing on RTE One and BBC in January 2011 to huge audiences. Following the success of the first series BBC commissioned a second and then third series with Christmas Specials planned for the foreseeable future. Since 2011 Mrs. Brown’s Boys has taken the top slot in the ratings for the Christmas period with a staggering audience of over 15m. The DVDs of the Series have now sold over 7m copies and continue to reach the top spots of the Charts in UK and Ireland each year.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys has also run on Channel 7 in Australia bringing a whole new audience to the box office – Brendan and the cast had a 10 week run in Australia at the beginning of 2014 running a total of 49 shows in the larger Arenas in some cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth to name but a few.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie brought Agnes to the big screen and out of her comfort zone into the streets of Dublin. D’Movie was released in June 2014 to a phenomenal audience response breaking all box office records.

Brendan continues to write and perform as Agnes Brown and is currently getting ready to hit the UK and Ireland with Good Mourning Mrs. Brown to sold out shows in some of the largest Arenas.

The Cast

Grandad Brown
Grandad BrownDermot 'Bugsy' O’Neill
Dermot ‘Bugsy’ O’Neill, easily recognizable by his silver-white ponytail, and has been at the hub of every Brendan O’Carroll performance since his first stand-up gig in 1990. over the past ten years has stagemanaged ‘The Outrageous Comedy Shows’, ‘The Course’, ‘Grandad’s Sure Lilly’s Still Alive’ & ‘Mrs. Brown’s Last Wedding’ as well as having a hand in original set design, tour planning and overall running of each show. This has taken him as far afield as London, Glasgow, New York & Toronto.

Bugsy is known best for his portrayal of Grandad in Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series as well as on stage in all five plays in the Trilogy! And the Box Office smash Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie Bugsy has also been nominated for his role as Grandad for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Role at the 2011 Monte Carlo Television Awards.

Mark Brown
Mark BrownPat 'Pepsi' Shields
Pat Shields, an accomplished musician and singer by his teens ‘Pepsi’, as he’s known to friends, could be found performing at traditional Irish music sessions and festivals across Ireland. He made his acting debut on the radio comedy drama ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’, and also provided his vocal talents for characters in the radio drama ‘Northside Blues’ on RTE 2FM.

Pepsi has also played Rory (a role he seemed very comfortable with!!) and Father Quinn in the Mrs. Brown Plays, However he is best known for his portrayal of Mammy’s Good Son Mark Brown which he has portrayed in Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series, all five Plays in the Trilogy! and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Dermot Brown
Dermot BrownPaddy Houlihan
Paddy Houlihan is a larger than life character who hails from County Meath. He first treaded the boards during his tender years in various school productions – the highlight of which was his leading role as the barber in the horror/musical “Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber”, which tells the story of a barber who killed his clients for cash while his accomplice used their meat for her pies. Paddy recalls it as a “meaty role he could get his teeth into” and it gave him his first taste of the limelight.

And Paddy has been chomping at the bit ever since. In 2001, at the age of only 18, he joined the cast of Brendan O’Carroll’s highly acclaimed “The Course” as the comical character Ben Wilson. He was officially adopted by the Brown family later that year and embraced the role of Agnes Brown’s wayward son Dermot. With his natural flair for acting, teamed with his exceptional comic timing, Paddy is now an integral part of the Brown clan and has starred as Dermot in each play of the Trilogy!, in Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series and more recently in Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie. Paddy has also joined forces with Danny to join KCLR Kilkenny’s leading Radio Station for a live afternoon show “Danny & Paddy Go Local”.

Rory Brown
Rory BrownRory Cowan
Rory Cowan joined EMI Records (Irl) LTD, in their record shop in Dublin, two days after he left school. He worked his way up to the position of sales and marketing manager, a position he held from 1984 – 1991. He left EMI and took on the role of publicist for Brendan O’Carroll. He is now the managing director of BOC Productions Ltd.

From 1995 – 1999 he produced the Chris Barry phone show on FM104 and 98FM and he wrote and performed the Tammy segment of that show. He has an acting role in all the Brendan O’Carroll Mrs. Brown’s Boys videos and DVDs, as well as appearing as Rory Brown in the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series, the series of plays and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Rory also handles PR for a number of music industry clients and he does music reports and reviews for the Derek Mooney Show on RTE Radio one, Ireland’s main national radio station.

In 2008 Rory, as one of the producers of Mrs. Brown’s Boys, was awarded a Variety Club of Great Britain award.

During the 2014/2015 Christmas Season Rory took to the stage in Panto at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre as one of the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella. A roaring success and due to popular demand the dates were extended well into January 2015.

Cathy Brown
Cathy BrownJennifer Gibney
Jennifer Gibney trained with the Dublin Oscar Theatre School. Previous stage roles include Biddy in ‘Return to the Hill’, Marlene in ‘Top Girls’, Sister Thompson in ‘The Death of Humpty Dumpty’, Jocasta in ‘Oedipus Rex’, Heloise in ‘Abelard & Heloise’ and the dual roles of Angela and Claire in ‘Goodbye to the Hill’. Jennifer has played both Emily and Tina in Brendan’s first play ‘The Course’ and the dual roles of Matron and Clairissa in Brendan’s second play ‘Grandad’s Sure Lily’s Still Alive’.

She has played the role of Cathy Brown in all of the ‘Mrs. Brown’ plays and DVD’s. On TV Jennifer has played Cathy Brown in the first, second and third Series of the multi award winning Mrs. Brown’s Boys a role which earned her a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Role two years in a row at the Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards. She also played the part of Linda in Episode 1 ‘Stacey’s Story’ of the four part series ‘Prosperity’. The series was nominated for six Irish and Film Television awards and won two, for Directing (Lenny Abrahamson) and Script (Mark O’Halloran). Her work on radio includes the 2FM series ‘Northside Blues’. Jennifer’s film work includes ‘Some Mother’s Son’ directed by Terry George, ‘Sparrow’s Trap’ directed by Brendan O’Carroll and ‘Agnes Browne’ directed by Anjelica Huston.

As a director, Jennifer has directed Brendan’s stand-up video ‘How’s Your Raspberry Ripple?’ which won a Sony Gold Disc. She has been Assistant Director on all of Brendan’s plays and has co-directed all of the ‘Mrs. Brown’ DVD’s.

Most recently Jennifer has brought the character of Cathy to the big screen in the Box Office smash Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Jennifer also took to the floor in Stictly Come Dancing for BBC for their 2014 line up where she was partnered with a fellow Irish man Tristan McManus.

Trevor Brown
Trevor BrownMartin Delany
Martin Delany, born in Dublin Martin was raised in Australia. Having been with Warner Brothers in Australia Martin returned to Ireland and joined the Company in 1997 when he first came on board as a Sound Engineer,. He is now our Executive Producer! And as our Producer has been nominated twice for a BAFTA – winning once and 2011 and 2012 at the Monte Carlo Television Awards received nominations for Outstanding International Producer and Outstanding European Producer.

During his long time with the Company Martin has taken to the stage many times to fill extra roles as well as playing some of the main characters. However Martin’s portrayal of Trevor Brown in all the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie is where he has found his true “vocation”.

Maria Brown
Maria BrownFiona O'Carroll
Fiona O’Carroll had an early introduction to the entertainment industry with her first single ‘Christmas Rapper’ reaching the number six spot in the charts when she was just nine years old. From that moment on she was hooked on the business. She studied film direction and production at DCAD in Dublin.

Fiona has played Maria Brown in all the Mrs. Brown’s Boys DVDs and Plays, Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie. Her other performances include Panto, Drama and Musicals. Her film roles include Maureen in the movie ‘Sparrows Trap’. As a film director she already has a number of shorts to her name, most notable of which is ‘Dilemma’ and she also has multiple appearances on TV including ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘Kenny Live’. More recently Fiona wowed the Scottish audiences with her singing talents as Molly in the ‘Treasure Island’ Pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. Fiona has also completed voice over narration on a new RTE dating show “Date with Fate” and starred as Lucy alongside Sheridan Smith in the Jeff Pope Production “The Widower”

Betty Brown
Betty BrownAmanda Woods
Amanda Woods hails from Letterkenny and studied at Dorcans Institute of Performing Arts. Her first roles were in the popular musicals Fame and Red Red Wine. Brendan discovered Amanda in Ramelton and was so taken by her performance of ‘The Drunk’ in Red Red Wine, he convinced her to leave Letterkenny and tour with Mrs. Brown’s Boys.

Amanda has played Betty in the Stage Plays and on the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series and has also worked on all of the Mrs. Brown’s Boys DVDs. Most recently bringing the character of Betty to the big screen in Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Dino Doyle
Dino DoyleGary Hollywood
Gary Hollywood started acting at the age of twelve when he won over viewers in his performance in Scottish Televisions Police Drama “Taggart”. He then went on to do various TV shows such as Crime Watch, Doctor Finlay, One Foot in the Grave, but it was Scottish Televisions soap opera “High Road” that was to make him a household name.

His film credits include John Muir where he played the title role for PBS in the states. “The Winter Guest” where he played alongside Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson and directed by Alan Rickman and “The Flying Scotsman” with Johnny Lee Miller and Brian Cox. Gary most recently appears as Dino Doyle in the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series, all five Plays in the Triology! and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Buster Brady
Buster BradyDanny O'Carroll
Determined to be an actor, Danny O’Carroll has been lucky so far to have three great movie parts under his belt with his performances in ‘Sparrow’s Trap’, ‘Though the Sky Falls’ and the highly acclaimed ‘Angela’s Ashes’. On stage he began with a small walk-on part in ‘Good Mourning Mrs. Brown’. However, even young talented actors and actresses ‘must serve an apprenticeship’, believes his father… who, unfortunately is ALSO the boss! Danny graduated to Buster in “Good Mourning Mrs. Brown” and it seems he found his calling. Danny has played Buster in all of the Mrs. Brown Trilogy, Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie. Danny and Paddy joined forces on KCLR Kilkenny’s leading Radio Station for a live afternoon show “Danny & Paddy Go Local”.
Winnie McGoogan
Winnie McGooganEilish O'Carroll
Like many of the top professionals Eilish O’Carroll is a product of the amateur circuit, a terrific grounding for a career in theatre. She tread the boards for over 10 years with the Windelsham Drama Group in Surrey, England, performing in more productions than there is room to list here.

Eilish returned to her native Ireland to take part in the feature film ‘Sparrows Trap’ written and directed by Brendan O’Carroll. Home now, she decided to stay on and continue her career in Ireland. She joined this production in 1999 and during the tour has played various roles, including Winnie, Mrs. Nicholson and Dr. Flynn.

Eilish’s film and TV work includes the highly acclaimed (James Award winning) feature film ‘Snap’ written and directed by Carmel Winters, and Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV series appearing as Winnie. Eilish has also written and performing her very own one woman show – Live Love Laugh which she brought to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012 and 2013 and through Ireland in 2014 with great success.

Eilish has brought the Character of Winnie to life in all five plays in the Triology! On the small screen with Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV Series and most recently Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.