Mrs Brown’s Boys star speaks about rift with show’s creator Brendan O’Carroll

 Gary Hollywood said he has not been reconciled with the actor who plays matriarch Agnes Brown following a dispute over pay

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll, pictured with fellow cast members at the National Television Awards last year (Photo: Ian West/PA Wire)

Family relations are a little strained in the television household of Mrs Brown’s Boys after a pay dispute left one former cast member out in the cold.

Gary Hollywood, who played hairdresser Dino Doyle in the BBC hit show, has admitted he has not spoken to the programme’s creator and star Brendan O’Carroll since he was axed from one of the Christmas specials last year.

He told OK! magazine: “It’s unfortunate the way things unfolded.

“I did hope we’d be able to reconcile or communicate respectfully, but it is what it is.”

Mr Hollywood quit the long-running sitcom last year and launched legal action earlier this year against Mr O’Carroll, the BBC and TV production company Hungry Bear Media Limited citing discrimination and unfair dismissal.

He had claimed he was being paid less than other actors on Mrs Brown’s Boys which includes members of the O’Carroll family.

At the time he told the Daily Star Sunday: “I feel I wasn’t being paid equally and I wasn’t being given an explanation for decisions.

“When I tried to resolve it, nothing was done. I was just disregarded.”

But he is reported to have withdrawn his claims in June during a preliminary hearing.

The Scottish star, who recently moved back to Glasgow, said it had been “the worst year of my life” after losing his brother Gerard last year.

The father-of-four faced further trauma when his youngest son Ollie was born premature and suffered from jaundice.

He told OK!: “I’ve felt depressed – it was one thing after another.”

But he said he now plans to focus on both acting and his new gin brand.

A spokeswoman for Mr O’Carroll said he would not be commenting.
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