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Brendan O'Carroll on falling in love with his wife Jenny: 'She was so serious about acting that I christened her 'Frosty'"

Published 24/06/2014 | 08:06

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WORKING AS A TEAM: Brendan O’Carroll and his wife Jennifer pictured at the opening of ‘Mrs Brown D’Exhibition’ at The Little Museum of Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll has revealed that it was not a case of ‘love at first sight’ for himself and his wife Jenny Gibney.

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The star – who plays Agnes Brown in the popular sitcom – thought Jenny was “so serious” about acting that he christened her “Frosty”.

And it wasn’t until a few years later that love finally blossomed.

Brendan – who is anticipating massive success for his film Mrs Brown’s Boys: D’Movie - can recall the exact moment that he fell in love with her.

“She was so serious that I christened her Frosty,” the comedian told the RTE Guide.

The pair became friends while working together on The Course.

Brendan explained: “One morning I came down into the breakfast room and I spotted that Jenny was doing the Irish Times crossword. On the way out I stopped and asked her whether she was doing the Simplex or the Crosaire. ‘The Crosaire’, she said.”

“Now she was also smoking Consulate. The last person I saw smoking Consulate, drinking coffee and doing the Crosaire was my mother.”

“I sat down with her and we finished the crossword.”

“The next morning, she left a photocopy of the crossword at my table.”

The pair married in 2005, and Brendan proposed to her after a long night of writing.

“It was about 5am and I had been writing all night... I sat on the bed watching a bit of telly. I wasn’t tired. Jenny was asleep in the bed beside me. I looked at her and thought: ‘God what would I do if she wasn’t there tomorrow?’”

“I knew I wouldn’t like that. So I asked her to marry me.”

Brendan's first big screen outing as Mrs Brown has reportedly sold €1.25m worth of advance tickets in the UK.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie hits the big screen in the UK and Ireland on Friday June 27th.

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