Sunday 26 January 2020

Brendan O'Carroll's wife and 'Mrs Brown's Boys' co-star Jennifer Gibney joining 'Strictly Come Dancing' line-up

Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the opening of his exhibition
Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Musuem of Dublin

Mrs Brown's Boys star Jennifer Gibney is poised to join the line-up of this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The news comes in the same week as Mrs Brown's Boys, D'Movie is revealed as the highest performing box office smash in the country so far this year.

Jennifer, the second wife of Irish comedian Brendan O'Carroll, plays his daughter Cathy in the Mrs Brown TV series.  they have been married since 2005.

Jennifer is the latest addition, along with Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace, Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott - they are expected to be unveiled tonight on the BBC's The One Show.

Confirmed cast members include former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack, singer Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Mark Wright and Pixie Lott.

The new series will be the first without veteran host Sir Bruce Forsyth, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman sharing the presenting job.

Daly, 45, said she and Winkleman, 42, had proved they were not past their “sell-by date” by fronting the show together.  She said she is proud to be championing “Girl Power”.

She told Good Housekeeping magazine: “I know - two women hosting the biggest show on TV! And in our 40s ... Surprise, surprise, we’re not past our sell-by date.

“It’s a huge compliment that the BBC has broken the traditional male/female hosting format, and all credit to them for being the first to do it. I saw Geri Halliwell at an event recently, and she actually said the words ‘Girl Power’ to me. I loved that.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 for its 12th series on Sunday September 7 at 8pm.

Daly has co-hosted the show with Sir Bruce, 86, since it began in 2004 and was joined by Winkleman in 2011 to present the Sunday night results shows.

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