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Thursday 21 February 2019

'I know how good I have it' - Mrs Brown's Boys star Paddy Houlihan on why he won't quit the show

Paddy Houlihan plays Dermot on Mrs Brown's Boys
Paddy Houlihan plays Dermot on Mrs Brown's Boys
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Mrs Brown's Boys star Paddy Houlihan said he has no plans to quit the popular show and said he is "very well looked after" by creator Brendan O'Carroll.

The actor (34) is not professionally trained but has played the role of Dermot for more than 15 years and said he is knows how "good" he has it working on the hit show.

Actor Paddy Houlihan and wife Emily Regan Photo:Brian McEvoy
Actor Paddy Houlihan and wife Emily Regan Photo:Brian McEvoy

Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, Houlihan said: "I'd be afraid [to leave] because I wouldn't know what to expect.

"We're very well protected and looked after with Mrs Brown's. Plus there's an element of laziness there.

"I know how good I have it," he said.

The Dublin actor grew up with Brendan O'Carroll's son Danny, who plays Mrs Brown's son Buster on the programme.

Houlihan said his young children will accompany him on the show's Australian and New Zealand tour this autumn as his wife Emily also works on the programme.

"The kids will be on the road too. It's a different city every week. They love it," he said.

Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney with Actor Rory Cowan (Left) pictured at the opening of his exhibition
Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney with Actor Rory Cowan (Left) pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Musuem of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy

Houlihan's comments come a month after actor Rory Cowan announced that he was to leave Mrs Brown's Boys after 26 years.

Cowan revealed that it "really bothered" him that he was not able to return home to Ireland when he was told his elderly mother had days to live, due to an insurance issue.

"We were in Australia the year before last in January and I got word. My mother has dementia. Before we left things were bad but she was still mobile. When I was in Australia I got word that she had days to live and I couldn't get home. I couldn't get home because it was an insurance issue. They said 'If your mother dies you can go home for a week and come back all the way to Australia, but if she doesn't die you can't go because if people want their money back for refunds, even if you're not in the show, even though Brendan is the star, you'd have to pay full price for every seat, which would have worked out at hundreds of thousands of dollars'. They explained it to me, they said 'It's just to stop other actors in a similar situation or musicians to not drop out of a tour'."

Cowan revealed that he believed the Mrs Brown's Boys tour visited Australia too many times throughout the last four years, instead of exploring other continents such as USA and Canada.

"It really bothered me that I was on the other side of the world and I didn't want to be there anyway because we'd only been there a couple of years before hand and if I stayed with Mrs Brown's Boys they're going back again in January next year and that would have been three visits to Australia in four years. I think that's too much."

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