Wednesday 24 January 2018

Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley joins Mrs Brown's Boys movie

Actress Joanna Lumley
Actress Joanna Lumley
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

AB Fab star Joanna Lumley has joined the cast of the new Mrs Brown movie.

The Herald can reveal that the Absolutely Fabulous comedy actress appears in a cameo role in Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie calling for the public to support the Dublin matriarch.

A movie insider told the Herald: "Mrs Brown takes on developers trying to smash up Moore Street to build a shopping centre in the film and writes to all these celebrities to get support. Joanna Lumley, playing herself, is one of the few who writes back and records a message of support for Mrs Brown."

The ¿5m production is due in cinemas next June.

In the meantime many of Brendan's long-term associates have been benefiting from the success of the Mrs Brown franchise.

Brendan (57) is estimated to have made ¿10m from the royalties of his hit series that has overtaken shows like The Office and Little Britain. But he is spreading the rewards with the long-term members of his cast. Rory Cowan, who plays Mrs Brown's gay son in the sitcom and film, revealed to the Herald how he recently paid off his mortgage thanks to the show's success.

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Rory said: "It's brilliant to be in this position. Brendan has been very generous but I was acting and working with Brendan in Mrs Brown shows long before there was any money in it."

The former DJ revealed how, while shooting Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, Brendan and the cast hung out with Lily Savage and Cilla Black, who have been filming the pilot for a new sitcom in Shepperton Studios.

Rugby star Shane Byrne and Olympia boss Brian Whitehead are among other stars in the Mrs Brown movie playing Russian heavies.

This Christmas will sees two Mrs Brown Christmas specials aired on BBC and RTE.

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