Sunday 25 September 2016

'What would Mrs Brown say?' Brendan O’Carroll to receive lifetime achievement award at IFTAs

Published 16/10/2015 | 21:13

Jennifer Gibney and Brendan O'Carroll with the Best Comedy award at the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Jennifer Gibney and Brendan O'Carroll with the Best Comedy award at the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Actor and comedian Brendan O’Carroll will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at the IFTA Television Awards.

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The Dublin native, who is better known as his alter ego Mrs Agnes Brown, will receive the accolade for his “incredible contribution, influence and leadership in the craft” of comedy, according to the academy.

The 60-year-old told Independent.ie that he is “very pleased” to be receiving the award.

“I think maybe it is an Irish thing, but for all the accolades we have had, and we have had many of them, it’s the one that you get at home that makes all the difference in the world. “It is more than a pat on the back.  It is a lift up.  And it also means a lot to the people in Finglas where I come from,” the father-of-four said.

“I am very pleased, the academy have been very generous to me.”

“To be awarded the lifetime achievement award, I wonder do they know I am dying and I don’t know it,” he joked.

He will receive the honour at a ceremony in Dublin next Thursday, where Gay Byrne and other guests will lead the tributes to him and his career.

The hugely popular comedy show ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ now attracts 15.5m viewers in the UK where it is broadcast on BBC One, and the cast recently just finished filming two instalments for a Christmas special.

“I think they are two crackers, I think they are the best we have done yet,” he added.

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