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Mrs Brown’s Boys characters all played by writer’s own family

Mrs Brown’s Boys has become a smash hit since it was first broadcast in 2011. The foul-mouthed Irish Mammy has captured the hearts of viewers with her matriarchal manner, and interference in her family’s affairs.

What is unknown to many fans of the show, is that many of Mrs Brown’s sons, daughters and other family members are actually part of writer Brendan O’Carroll’s real family.

The Dublin-born star admits he gave many of the roles of the show’s supporting characters to his own family because he is a “firm believer in nepotism”.

So who is played by who in the show?
Mrs Brown’s Boys characters all played by writer's own family
Well, O’Carroll plays Mrs Brown and his wife Jennifer Gibney plays Mrs Brown’s daughter Cathy.

O’Carroll’s son Danny and daughter Fiona play Mrs Brown’s son and daughter-in-law Buster and Maria.

Next door neighbour Winnie is played by O’Carroll’s sister Eilish, and Mrs Brown’s daughter-in-law Betty is played by the writer’s own daughter-in-law Amanda Woods.

Confused? Well we’re nearly done.

Real-life grandson Jamie plays on-screen grandson Bono. Mrs Brown’s youngest son Trevor is actually O’Carroll’s son-in-law Martin and the writer’s sister-in-law Fiona plays next-door neighbour Winnie’s daughter.

The favours even spread beyond O’Carroll family members. Paddy Houlihan landed the role of Mrs Brown’s third son Dermot, on the back of being the best friend of O’Carroll’s son Danny.

You can be forgiven if your head is now spinning. O’Carroll certainly likes to keep his production in-house.

No doubt the familiarity between so many of the cast members has contributed to the on-screen chemistry and atmosphere that are such a big part of the show’s success.

O’Carroll spoke to Irish chat-show host Graham Norton about handing out the roles to his family. When asked about his family members that didn’t appear in the show the comic simply replied: “F*** ‘em!”

He also spoke about his late mother, who was a member of the Irish parliament. O’Carroll explained how she fought for equal rights for women in Ireland, and was “a fascinating woman”. He revealed that she set up homes for women who had been victims of domestic abuse in Ireland, and that he and his brothers and sisters would volunteer.

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The audience began to break into a round of applause when O’Carroll cut them short in his own blunt style telling them “No, give her a round of applause, not me! No, she’s dead! Don’t waste it!”

The star also exchanged banter with host Norton, and music star Cheryl Cole, Liverpool comedian John Bishop and American star Don Johnson who struggled to understand his accent.

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8 thoughts on “Mrs Brown’s Boys characters all played by writer’s own family

  1. Catherine sims

    Buster isn’t Mrs Browns son. He’s her son Dermots best friend. Maria ( Fiona is Dermot wife in the show.

    27/06/2016 at 10:12 am
  2. Marie Valentine

    I know some of the cast & have seen the show twice, here in Dublin. U should supply commodes for people to sit on, while watching the show. Oh u are an out & out tonic. Thanks for that!

    29/12/2015 at 9:51 pm
  3. Jamie Lou Paxton-Robert

    I caught a glimpse of the show on Facebook and laughed till I had tears running down my face. I got the package of all three seasons and the Christmas shows for Christmas. Have spent the last three days watching all of them and have laughed this hard in years. Mrs Brown and her boy’s are the best. Keep them coming. Thank you.

    28/12/2015 at 5:43 am
  4. Catherine Lopez

    Love this show and all the actors. Wish you were on a channel in the US. My husband and I laugh until it hurts no matter how many times we watch an episode. Please make more.

    28/12/2015 at 2:05 am
  5. Sue

    Got the complete set on DVD as a holiday present —- funny and enjoying every episode .

    27/12/2015 at 9:38 pm
  6. Dorothy martin

    I saw them once. When they were fairly new in Canada, but they never came back. Waiting to see them again

    27/12/2015 at 8:43 pm
  7. Carole

    YES…we would love to have Mrs. Brown visit us in the States!

    27/12/2015 at 5:57 pm
  8. Anna Schulze

    Please bring to USA. We have enough channels, surely one will be willing to broadcast Mrs. Brown

    27/06/2015 at 7:33 am

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