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Brendan O'Carroll
Born Brendan O'Carroll
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Author, Actor, Director, Playwright, Stand-up Comedian
Years active 1990-present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Gibney (2005-present)

Brendan O'Carroll is a comedian, writer, actor and director from Finglas, Dublin, Ireland.


Early life

O'Carroll was born in 1955 in Dublin's North Inner City and was the youngest of 11 children. His mother, Maureen, was a Labour TD and he says this has had a huge impact on his life. He left school at age 12 and had a string of occupations including: waiter, milkman, DJ, before making the move to comedy.[1] Much of his comedy is about his childhood in Finglas and Dublin City and his infatuation with carrots. He is currently touring (September 2 - November 2) with Mrs. Browne Rides Again and How Now Brown Cow[2]



As an author

O'Carroll has written six novels, including The Mammy, The Chisslers, The Granny and The Young Wan; a number of these have become best sellers and have been published in other languages.[citation needed]

He has also written four films and seven stage plays.[citation needed] These include The Course (1995), Grandad's Sure Lilly's Still Alive(1997), The Last Wedding (1999), Mourning Mrs Brown (2000), Mrs Brown Rides Again (2004), For the Love of Mrs. Brown (2007), and How Now Mrs Brown Cow? (2009)

As an Actor

He has appeared in many movies and TV shows over the years and has had parts in, Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere, The Royle Family, Angela's Ashes (film), Agnes Browne alongside Anjelica Huston (for which he also wrote the screenplay)[3], and The Van. He also has his own feature length series box set of his most famous character Mrs Browne

Current Projects

He is currently touring (September 2 - November 2) with Mrs. Browne Rides Again and How Now Brown Cow[2]

Personal life

He is a member of Mensa with an IQ in the top 2% worldwide.[4][5]

For a long time had a pony tail, until it was removed by Leeds Utd and Ireland footballer Gary Kelly in 1994 at the USA world cup. The ponytail was subsequently auctioned for charity and was sold for $15,000.[citation needed]

In 2005, O'Carroll married actress Jennifer Gibney (Goodbye to the Hill), (Some Mothers Son), (Agnes Brown).[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1996 The Van Weslie
1998 Sparrow's Trap Directed & wrote screenplay
1998 The Tale Of Sweeney Barret Rissolli
1999 Agnes Browne Seamus The Drunk wrote screenplay
1999 Angela's Ashes Funeral Carriage Driver
2000 The Royle Family P.J TV, 1 episode
2004 Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere Gypsy Joe TV, 1 episode
2009 The Fattest Man in Britain Fr O'Flaherty


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