Comedian Brendan O’Carroll has told of his pride in his wife’s new role in Strictly Come Dancing – and how his character Mrs Brown turned down a chance to take part in the hit show.
O’Carroll (58) told how he never takes wife Jennifer Gibney for granted and gets up every morning determined to woo her all over again.
He said he did not take Strictly Come Dancing up on its offer to give Mrs Brown a twirl around the floor with judge Len Goodman.
“The idea had been mooted that in the Christmas special one dance with Len and Mrs Brown would be nice. But who would lead?” he said.
“It’s nice to have a hybrid and a crossover between Mrs Brown and something else, but the truth of it is Strictly Come Dancing doesn’t need me or Mrs Brown. It’s a great entity in its own right. I have to protect Mrs Brown from Len!”
O’Carroll, who was speaking on BBC’s Sunday Morning Live Show, told of his delight at his wife’s participation in the hit show.
“I am so proud. Pride in your family or pride in your partner gives you more confidence,” he said.
“Every morning when I get up I want to woo Jenny. I just want to prove myself. What is the point otherwise? You can’t take anything for granted, especially other people.”
O’Carroll said the couple leave their husband and wife relationship at the stage door of Mrs Brown’s Boys in which Gibney plays Mrs Brown’s daughter, Cathy.
“We’ve never kissed in costume,” he said. “When we arrive at the theatre we give each other a peck on the cheek and I go to my dressing room and she goes to hers. We come on stage as Mrs Brown and Cathy and we come off and we go for a drink.”
Gibney said she feels “terror and excitement” when performing on Strictly, which led her to take a tumble down some stairs during rehearsals.
“If you can’t come down the stairs, what hope have you got of dancing?” she said.