Brendan O’Carroll recalls hospital dash after terrifying heart attack scare during Mrs Brown’s Boys filming

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll feared he was going to die during filming for the Christmas special last year. Brendan, who writes and stars in the hit BBC sitcom, recalled how he thought he was having a heart attack and panicked that he ‘was a goner’ as emergency services were called during the terrifying ordeal. ‘I thought I was having a heart attack. I had this bug and at about 2am I had to wake Jenny [Gibney, his wife and co-star] up. We were filming the Christmas special up in Glasgow,’ he explained. ‘I said to her “You should call an ambulance”. We called the ambulance as we wanted to meet them on the street. When Jenny and I were in the lift we were still on 999. They told her to put her hand on my tonsil, to count my heart beat.

Brendan O’Carroll, pictured here as Agnes Brown, was filming the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special in Glasgow when he woke in the night fearing he was having a heart attack

‘It was all going on. I had the fright of my life and I thought I was a goner.’ But luckily, when the ambulance came, he was reassured that he wasn’t have a heart attack and that he instead have symptoms of a severe bug. Brendan, 62, continued: ‘When I got in the ambulance they said, “Well it is not your heart,” and I vomited it out for 12 hours. I had a very violent bug.’

Brendan O’Carroll and wife Jennifer Gibney

The Irish comedian plays matriarch Agnes Brown in Mrs Brown’s Boys, while his wife Jennfer, 53, plays Mrs Brown’s daughter Cathy Brown. During his appearance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, Brendan also revealed they have chosen the new actor to play Agnes’ son Rory Brown after Rory Cowan quit earlier this year.

Brendan O’Carroll and the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys pose after winning Best Comedy at the National Television Awards in January 2017 (Picture: Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

‘We now have a new Rory in the show. It is like he went for plastic surgery,’ Brendan revealed. ‘We were going to get him come out of the shower like Bobby Ewing or out of a phone box like Doctor Who.’ Loaded: 0% 0:15 0:05Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:05 / Duration Time 1:22 Fullscreen More videos Piers Morgan: 'Mean people have to stay mean' Lord Sugar made The Apprentice history with shocking final Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton show affection on Strictly The Rock is seriously considering running for president Guy gets quiz question wrong despite having answer on shirt Sunday Brunch reveal the secret to Strictly's ratings

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