Mrs Brown's Boys' stars have surprising admission about the Christmas special - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Mrs Brown's Boys' stars have surprising admission about the Christmas special

 Fiona O'Carroll revealed that she pretends to be making tea while the show airs and then re-watches it by herself afterwards


Fiona, 41, who plays the role of Mrs. Brown's daughter-in-law Maria Brown on the BBC sitcom, said it can be " mortifying" watching themselves on the hit show on Christmas day (Image: BBC Studios/Alan Peebles)


Mrs Brown's Boys' stars had a surprising admission about the Christmas special, revealing that it can be "mortifying" watching themselves on the hit show on Christmas day.

Fiona O'Carroll and Eilish O'Carroll appeared at a pop-up shop in Dublin today, selling cookies in aid of the St.Vincent de Paul charity and spoke to the Irish Mirror about their plans for Christmas day.

The pair revealed that while they do watch the Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special, they find it difficult to watch themselves acting on TV and find ways to distract themselves while it's on.

Fiona, 41, who plays the role of Mrs. Brown's daughter-in-law Maria Brown on the BBC sitcom, revealed that she pretends to be making tea while the show airs and then re-watches it by herself afterwards.

“What I tend to do is I keep putting the kettle on," she said. "And every now and then I’ll be like, ‘Right more tea!’ and I’ll head back out and be like, ‘Anybody want more tea? More biscuits?’

“I tend to keep myself busy and listen to see if I hear the kids laughing and if I hear the kids laughing I go, ‘Okay, that’s grand’."

She added: “And then I’ll re-watch it again afterwards, quietly, by myself, so I don’t go too scarlet.

“It’s a bit mortifying actually, it’s a bit weird watching yourself on TV.”

Her co-star Eilish, 69, who plays Winnie McGoogan, Mrs. Brown's best friend and neighbour, agreed saying: “No, I find it hard to [watch].

"I can watch Maria [Brown], Fiona I should say, because she’s just brilliant but when I come on, I actually have to leave the room. Seriously, I have to watch it from behind the wall.”

The actress added: “And it’s the first time we’ve seen the show as well so we’ll be watching it when you guys are watching it.

“When you’re laughing, we’ll probably be crying,” she joked. “But seriously, when you’re laughing we’ll be laughing along with you.”

Fiona O'Carroll and Eilish O'Carroll appeared at a pop-up shop in Dublin today, selling cookies in aid of the St.Vincent de Paul charity (Image: Instagram)


Fiona revealed that the plot for this year's Christmas special, which airs on BBC One at 10.20pm on Christmas Day involves a "murder mystery night" with the cast.

Fiona, who lives in Ashbourne, Co Meath, said her plans for Christmas involve wearing matching Christmas pyjamas with her four sons, Felix, 14, Eli, 12, Isaac, 7, and Dexter, 6.

“I don’t do Christmas clothes or going visiting or anything," she said. "We get Christmas jammies and we get more than one set so that we can shower and get into a fresh pair of jammies.

“We sit in and we put the feet up and we just play board games. And we watch TV and we watch the show, and it’s just a bit of family time.”

The Mrs Brown's star split from her husband and co-star Martin Delaney, who plays Trevor Brown on the hit show, earlier this year.

She told the RTE Guide earlier this month that they "co-parent very well" after their split following 15 years of marriage.

Martin now lives in Portugal, but stays in the house with the boys when he comes back to Ireland.

“We co-parent very well and we always did; we just drifted as individuals and partners but we still get on,” she said.

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