O’Carroll on cloud nine after Bafta prize glory

Brendan O’Carroll’s new Bafta award is to make its stage debut in Cardiff tonight.

The Mrs Brown’s Boys stage show is opening in the city’s Motor Point Theatre and running until Sunday, with 36,000 people attending. All tickets are sold out.

The Dublin-born funnyman is still on cloud nine after winning the award for best sitcom at the Baftas on Sunday.

He plans to open the show tonight with Mrs Brown polishing the award in her famous sitting room.

“I’m going to do the same on the first of the two Christmas specials we’ll be recording. I can’t believe we’ve won this. It’s like Christmas morning after getting the right transformer. It’s also like I’ve married my wife Jenny all over again. Words can’t really describe how I feel. I never let the Bafta out of my hand on Sunday night,” O’Carroll said yesterday.

He also said it was the first time he had appeared as himself on national television in Britain. His cover is now blown and he will no longer be able to hide behind the Mrs Brown persona.

“But I want to stay Mrs Brown. Nobody had an idea over here who I was off stage. I suppose the cat is well and truly out of the bag now. But it was great to have been able to grow a moustache and little beard in time for the Baftas.

“We stayed up all night on Sunday waiting for the Irish papers to come in to see what they said. When we got back to the hotel we changed into our pyjamas and shorts and T-shirts and really partied.”

It was a great night for the Irish, with O’Carroll, 55, taking the gong for best sitcom; Graham Norton, who couldn’t attend, getting best entertainment performance; and best supporting actor going to Dublin actor and Sherlock star Andrew Scott.

O’Carroll’s manager Rory Cowen, who stars in the television and stage shows, said the cast all wanted their star to win the solo gong, which ended up going to Norton.

O’Carroll himself wanted the joint award for the show’s cast. Cowen said: “Brendan has always carried the can for us, taking the bad reviews on the chin on behalf of the rest of us. He really deserved it. He shouldered all the criticism we used to get. This has finally shown the critics who have criticised Mrs Brown. He has now shown them what he can do.”

O’Carroll did not think he would win anything and could not believe his ears when the result was read out. He thought he was only invited along in acknowledgement of drawing 8.3m viewers to the show.

O’Carroll and his wife also revealed how they have now moved permanently to the US.

Jenny, who plays his daughter in the show, said: “Yes, we got our green cards late last year and are now officially resident in Florida. It’s home but Dublin will always be home. We’re going to bring the Bafta back to the US to put it on the fireplace beside the Ifta we’ve already got.

“It was a brilliant night yes, they were tears of joy. Brendan put in so much work. He’s an overnight success after 25 years.”


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