The actress has teased some details of the new series of Mrs Brown’s Boys, including a speed dating storyline – which she has no experience of, but is aware can be disastrous
Fiona O’Carroll has teased details of the upcoming series of Mrs Brown’s Boys – revealing that characters Agnes Brown and Winnie McGoogan will go speed dating.
The TV star added that she has no experience of it herself, and believes the modern dating scene can be difficult to navigate.
Fiona is single after splitting up with husband and co-star Martin Delany, though the pair, who share four sons together, maintain a good relationship.
As she gears up to film brand new scenes for the smash hit comedy, the Maria Brown actress told RSVP Live: “I’ve been given a few teasers, I asked my dad and he told me there are a good few storylines happening.
“Agnes and Winnie go speed-dating. I have no direct experience of that but I have heard from one or two friends it can be quite comical, I have heard a few disaster stories.
“I think back in the day, that wasn’t the done thing. I never really dated because I met my husband when I was 16 so I kind of missed out on the whole dating experience. And then when we separated, the thought of going back out there now… oh my God, it’s completely different compared to when I grew up, that’s for sure.
“I do wonder about my own kids growing up the way things are, thinking how are they going to meet anybody?”
“Even friends of mine who are in their 40s and separated, trying to get back out there and meet other people, it’s so difficult.”
Mrs Brown’s Boys was created by comedian Brendan O’Carroll, and stars many of his family members – as well as daughter Fiona, he also works alongside sister Eilish, son Danny and wife Jenny.
Working with family might sound like a nightmare to some people but it works very well for the O’Carrolls – and Fiona knows how lucky she has been to have been afforded the perfect work/life balance.
She told us: “When the opportunity came for us to get involved in entertainment and the family business, myself and Danny knew it was what we wanted. But we never thought we’d be working with our dad.
“For me, it allowed me an incredible opportunity to have a large family, which I always wanted, and still maintain a career. That’s not possible for everybody.
“When I go away to work, there was a time I used to take the kids with me, but with school, and my children being on the spectrum, travelling like that doesn’t necessarily suit all of them.
“But when I’m off, I’m off. I get long, good quality time with the kids that other parents aren’t able to do so I’m very grateful for that.
“I do have spells and periods where I’m at home for quite a bit, but when I’m working I’m full on. It’s one way or the other.
“The beauty of it is that when I go to work I can spend time with other members of my family. When the kids are off school they can come and hang out too. You wouldn’t get that in another job, there is no way.”
Fiona’s family are spread far and wide. She lives in Dublin, brother Danny is in Donegal while Brendan and wife Jenny are based in Florida.
The cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys at the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England.
“Going to work is like a family reunion,” she said.
“We enjoy what we do, we have a very good work ethic, we work hard but there is a social aspect because we get to hang out with each other too, which is wonderful.”
Keeping in the family business, two of Fiona’s sons, Felix and Eli, have appeared in Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas specials.
Dexter and Isaac have yet to make their TV debut but Fiona can already see where their talents lie.
“The younger two are dying to get involved but they are not quite ready, I wouldn’t trust them at the moment, but the older two are great,” she said.
“Eli in particular has a flair for the stage. He is a natural performer and really enjoys it.
“I’d be very surprised if he didn’t end up in the industry himself. Of course that is totally his choice. He is only 13 so there is plenty of time for him to decide.
“A lot of my children would be very musical, we have guitars, pianos and drums in the house. They get that from their father.”
Fiona has teamed up with leading charity NCBI to announce a new partnership with New Look in their retail stores, which will benefit both organisations greatly.
The partnership will see NCBI receive New Look’s end-of-season stock to redistribute across NCBI stores around Ireland to ensure that its clothing and accessories stay in circulation for the long-haul and out of landfill, where it can cause a negative environmental impact.
New Look will further support NCBI through its various staff initiatives which will raise vital funds and awareness for NCBI’s services and supports which are available to adults and children who are blind or vision impaired in Ireland. Customers can also make a donation to NCBI at the point of purchase when shopping in stores.
Fiona has supported NCBI since she was a teenager and said it was a no-brainer to get involved with their latest campaign.
Fiona O’Carroll launches NCBI and New Look’s brand new partnership
“I have been involved with the charity on and off for a number of years, doing different bits and pieces,” she said.
“I shop an awful lot in New Look, I really love their clothes so when they asked me to launch this campaign I was delighted.
“I think it’s great for both parties involved, especially from a sustainability point of view because end of season clothes go into NCBI stores. It’s a win-win for both so I was very happy to support that.
“It’s great that people can go into the shops and make a donation to the charity at the point of sale at the cash desks.”