Brendan O'Carroll

International star of multiple BAFTA-award-winning TV series Mrs Brown's Boys and Mrs Brown's Boys: d'Movie, 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 Browne’s Boys, written by and starring Brendan, had a phenomenal daily audience on 2FM and led to the creation of Agnes Browne 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: all three were huge bestsellers. Holywood came calling when Anjelica Huston read and loved Brendan's books: she made her directorial debut with Agnes Browne.

Brendan toured several other stage shows with Agnes Browne as the central character, before a BBC producer saw the show and felt there was television potential. Initially broadcast in a quiet late evening slot, Mrs Brown's Boys quickly became a huge word-of-mouth hit, and quickly moved to primetime, including several Christmas Day specials. A huge success in Australia and other countries where it has been shown, the enduring appeal of Agnes and her family is secure.

Brendan continues to write and perform as Agnes Browne, most recently in Mrs Brown's Boys: d'Movie (2014)

  • The Mammy
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  • The Mammy (Audiobook)

    The Mammy (Audiobook)

    Written by and As told by Brendan O'Carroll

    The Mammy describes the joys and sorrows of Agnes, mother of the famous Mrs Browne's Boys. An unabbridged audiobook of hilarious incidents, glorious characters, and a passion for life, read by the author.

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  • The Mammy

    The Mammy

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Book 1: The Agnes Browne Trilogy THE MAMMY describes the joys and sorrows of Agnes, mother of the famous Mrs. Browne's Boys from the daily radio soap. A book of hilarious incidents, glorious characters, and a passion for life.

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  • The Chisellers

    The Chisellers

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Book 2: The Agnes Browne Trilogy
    Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne. Full of joy, humour, pathos and Dublinese.
    With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

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  • The Chisellers

    The Chisellers

    Written by and As told by Brendan O'Carroll

    Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne. Full of joy, humour, pathos and Dublinese. Unabbridged audiobook read by the author.

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  • The Granny

    The Granny

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Book 3: The Agnes Browne Trilogy.

    At forty-seven years of age Agnes (star of BAFTA-nominated TV series Mrs Browne’s Boys), now thirteen years happily widowed, enters the 1980s with a fruit stall in Moore Street, a French lover and six children …

    With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

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  • The Course

    The Course

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    An assorted group of no-hopers sign on for a Positive Mental Attitude course run by a conman – but then the bona fide American supervisor arrives, threatening to shut down the course unless five out out of six participants pass the test.

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  • The Scrapper

    The Scrapper

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Brendan O'Carroll's first novel since the phenomenal success of his Mrs Brown trilogy is set in the rough world of the Dublin boxing scene and introduces a new, larger-than-life character - Sparrow McCabe.

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