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O’Carroll cashing in on Mrs Brown’s tribulations

The trials and tribulations of Mrs Brown and her boys is adding to Brendan O’Carroll’s fortune with the comedian’s main company posting profits of €1m last year.

New accounts filed to the Companies Office by Mrs Brown Boys Ltd show that profits more than quadrupled going from €248,995 in 2011 to €1.075m in the 12 months to the end of December last.

O’Carroll is the creative force behind the sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys, and the stellar year allowed him to take a dividend of €420,000 from the firm. O’Carroll shared the dividend with his wife and company shareholder, Jennifer Gibney, who plays Mrs Brown’s daughter, Cathy, in the series.

Even after the payout of €420,000, the firm had shareholder funds totalling €1.37m at the end of last year. The abridged accounts do not provide a revenue figure for the year.

The strong performance by the company last year coincided with O’Carroll scooping a Bafta in 2012 for Best Situation Comedy for Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The success of the show has also created massive DVD sales. Figures show that Mrs Brown Boys Series One and Series Two and Mrs Brown’s Live Tour Good Mourning sold an aggregate 2.1m DVDs in 2012.

Figures for a separate O’Carroll firm that is engaged in film production, Boc-Pix Productions Ltd show it recorded pre-tax profits of €109,023 on revenues of €1m in the 12 months to the end of Aug 2012. Mrs Brown Boys Ltd contributed €49,875 to charities last year.