That's nice – 'Mrs Brown's Boys' firm rakes in €1m for O'Carroll
THE antics of foul-mouthed mammy Agnes Brown are adding to Brendan O'Carroll's fortune, with the comedian's main company recording profits of €1m last year.
New accounts filed to the Companies Office by the Dubliner's Mrs Brown Boys Ltd show that profits at the firm more than quadrupled, going from €248,995 in 2011 to €1.075m in 2012.
O'Carroll is the creative force behind the TV phenomenon 'Mrs Brown's Boys' and the stellar year enjoyed by O'Carroll's firm allowed him to take a dividend of €420,000.
Even after the dividend payout of €420,000, the firm at the end of last year had shareholder funds totalling €1.37m. The abridged accounts do not provide a revenue figure for the year. The main activity of the firm is theatrical performance, and it coincided with O'Carroll scooping a BAFTA in 2012 for Best Situation Comedy for 'Mrs Brown's Boys'. The show is a ratings winner on both sides of the Irish Sea. It was the most watched programme on Christmas Eve and St Stephen's Day in the UK last Christmas, with the two shows being watched by almost 15 million per episode.
The Christmas specials were also the top-rated shows in Ireland last Christmas. The series is also broadcast in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The success of the show has also created massive DVD sales with three O'Carroll DVDs dominating the top 40 best-selling DVDs in the UK in 2012. Figures for a separate O'Carroll firm that is engaged in film production, Boc-Pix Productions Ltd, show that it recorded pre-tax profits of €109,023 on revenues of €1m in the 12 months to the end of August 2012.
The 58-year-old native of Finglas will further add to his coffers later this month with a 33-date tour of the UK and Ireland that includes six dates at the O2 Dublin, with one being a charity event.
The figures show that Mrs Brown's Boys Ltd last year contributed €49,875 to charities. This followed charitable contributions of €41,806 in 2011.
Filming on 'Mrs Brown D'Movie' started last month in Dublin. A game show and an animated series starring Mrs Brown is currently in development. O'Carroll was in Florida yesterday and was unavailable for comment.