Saturday 14 December 2019

Brendan O'Carroll is in the money after holding onto rights for Mrs Brown's Boys

Brendan O'Carroll
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FUNNYMAN Brendan O’Carroll is set to become a very rich man after holding onto the rights of the BAFTA winning show.

The Finglas comedian is set to net over €10 million from royalties from repeats of the popular family sit-com.

He is about to start filming the third series, but already the first two series are being repeated on TV stations from Australia to South Africa, and O’Carroll gets paid everytime the show is shown.

Co-star Rory Cowen told the Irish Daily Star: “He never relinquished any of it to the BBC. We’re paid everytime the show is repeated or shown anywhere in the world.”

It is estimated at the comic could earn up to €10 million from the royalties, as the DVD of the series has overtaken series like The Office and Little Britain.

“We get paid a lot of money,” Cowen told The Irish Star.

“We’re paid once as part of our contract to make the series for the BBC but we are paid every time the show is repeated or shown anywhere in the world – and we’re paid a lot of money.”

Meanwhile, O'Carroll was straight back to business yesterday following his BAFTA win for best sitcom on Sunday night.

He and his co-stars were in Cardiff preparing for the opening night tonight of 'Mrs Brown Rides Again'.

The arena tour also takes them to Bournemouth, London, Nottingham and Newcastle before they return to Ireland at the end of June.

Rory Cowan, who plays Mrs Brown's gay son, said the cast was still on a high following the awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

"It was unbelievable. Four tickets were supplied but 30 of us went. Brendan paid for all the tickets and the Landmark Hotel. Brendan wanted us there for it," he explained.

'Mrs Brown's Boys' was nominated for best sitcom while Brendan was also nominated for best male performance in a comedy.

"We said to Brendan it would have been better if he had won best actor but Brendan said, 'absolutely not, I got that one I wanted'," said Mr Cowan.

He said Brendan had already chosen the exact spot in his home for the award.

"He has an awards cabinet and it's getting the best spot in it - right beside the IFTA."

Irish Independent

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