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'We're not all millionaires from Mrs Brown's Boys', insists star Rory Cowan

Melanie Finn

Published 28/06/2014 | 09:50

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Rory Cowan  Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Rory Cowan Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney attending the world premiere of 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie'
Rory Cowan
Rory Cowan

Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan has denied the hit franchise has turned them all into millionaires.

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The affable actor (54), who plays the part Mrs Brown's gay son in the popular show, has said that they're not all rolling in the money.

Brendan O'Carroll, Jenny O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll, Jenny O'Carroll

As the battleaxe matriach herself - Brendan O'Carroll - steps in for RTE's Marian Finucane on this morning's show, Rory has revealed that claims their comedy show was making them €7m annually weren't correct, despite their movie raking in more than €1m in advance ticket sales.

"No definitely not," he said. "I have cleared my mortgage but it was a 20-year mortgage and it took me 20 years to clear it. If I was to move somewhere else, I'd have to take on another mortgage.

"A lot of the figures being reported is exaggeration as there's so many of us working on the show. Nobody is a multi-millionaire, there's not that much money in it. There's over 40 of us working on it and when you factor in the live shows with all the cast and crew, there's also the producers, the backers and all these other expenses.

"We are comfortable and all the rest but those sort of figures just don't exist."

And he said that he's aware their success won't last forever and they have to make the most of it.

Rory Cowan
Rory Cowan

"Everything runs in a cycle and we know we won't be around forever," he continued.

"That's the way it is with comedy shows. We started off back in 1992, that was 22 years ago and it took a long time to get to where we are. "Success didn't come to us until late in life, when we were in our late 40's. I would hate to have this 
level of success at 20 or 25 because it doesn't last very long and then what do you do afterwards?

"I'm building up loads of fabulous memories because I know it won't last forever," he said.

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