To With its millions of fans, Mrs Browns Boys is an indispensable treat.
While some critics call it uncomfortable and an affront to good taste, the sitcom starring Brendan O & # 39; Carroll as Irish matriarch Agnes Brown with a bad mouth is one of the BBC's biggest success stories.
Part of the appeal is knowing that many of the cast are actually members of O & # 39; Carroll's family. However, according to one of its former stars, it's the O & # 39; Carroll clan's dominance on the show that, in his opinion, creates a toxic atmosphere behind the scenes.
Gary Hollywood, who played hairdresser Dino Doyle, told The Mail on Sunday, “So much of the off-screen show is about Brendan's own family. It's like jobs for the Browns.
Mammy's Clan: Cast members of Mrs Browns Boys and her relationship with Brendan O & # 39; Carroll – left to right – Fiona O & # 39; Carroll (daughter), Paddy Houlihan (no relationship), Danny O & # 39; Carroll (son) , Martin Delany (son) in-laws), Jennifer O & # 39; Carroll (wife) Brendan O & # 39; Carroll, Rory Cowan (no relationship), Gary Hollywood (circled, no relationship), Dermot O & # 39; Neill (no relationship ), Pat Shields (no relationship), Jamie O & # 39; Carroll (grandson), Amanda Woods (daughter-in-law)
While some critics call it uncomfortable and an affront to good taste, the sitcom starring Brendan O & # 39; Carroll as Irish matriarch Agnes Brown with a bad mouth is one of the BBC's biggest success stories
Over the years it sometimes felt like it was a Ms. Brown Mafia case, which was difficult when you weren't there. There is a fear of falling out with them, and of course that creates a tense atmosphere, and I walked on eggshells. & # 39;
The show was reportedly thrown into chaos last month when a bitter argument about Hollywood's pay broke out. Hollywood was furious when he learned that he earned less than the rest of the cast.
Now he's taking legal action against O & # 39; Carroll, the BBC, and the TV production company that makes the show, citing discrimination and unfair dismissal.
In newspapers filed with a labor court, the Glaswegian actor says he received 25 percent less than his peers for his role in the six-part spin-off of the chat show All Round At Mrs Brown & # 39; s last year.
And he says he was excluded from one of the two Christmas specials just a few days before shooting began. Hollywood said when addressing both issues with Dublin-born O & # 39; Carroll, 65, he was told to be "more grateful".
"I'm so hurt by what Brendan did to me," said the 41-year-old from his home in Lanzarote.
& # 39; The fame and fortune went into his head. I've worked with him for 20 years … so I didn't think my time at Mrs Brown's boys would end. I am devastated. What I've learned is that it's his way or the highway. In my opinion, Brendan has changed so much in the last few years since he got richer, more famous, and more powerful.
Gary Hollywood (pictured), who played hairdresser Dino Doyle, told The Mail on Sunday, “So much of the off-screen show is about Brendan's own family. It's like jobs for the Browns
Gary Hollywood pictured at left with Rory Cowan, pictured above as Rory Brown
Hollywood pictured above with Mrs. Brown who is played by Brendan O & # 39; Carroll
When I raised my problems with Brendan, I was met with hostility. I felt like it was bullying … like you can't say what you want anymore. I was told to be grateful to be lucky. & # 39;
O & # 39; Carroll's immediate family members who star on the show include his wife Jennifer, who plays his on-screen daughter Cathy. His sister Eilish O & # 39; Carroll portrays neighbor Winnie McGoogan, while son Danny O & # 39; Carroll appears as Buster Brady and daughter Fiona O & # 39; Carroll as daughter-in-law Maria.
Meanwhile, O & # 39; Carroll's son-in-law Martin Delany and his grandson Jamie O & # 39; Carroll are also regular characters. While it may seem inevitable that a family that worked together would form a close-knit group, Hollywood says this has only recently made things difficult.
“We used to be all one,” he explains, “but in later years, when Brendan became such a star, things really changed. I used to be able to speak openly – but in later years I was afraid I might do the wrong thing about someone say and that would be it. Brendan's family is close so I felt like an outsider with them. '
The show was reportedly thrown into chaos last month when a bitter argument about Hollywood's pay broke out. Hollywood was furious when he learned that he earned less than the rest of the cast
Last September, Hollywood left Lanzarote, where he lives with his wife Cherylanne and ten-month-old son Olly, to be quarantined with his parents in Glasgow before filming for the Christmas specials.
Excited about the prospect of going back to work after the pandemic, he waited for his contract. But days before shooting began, he was told that he was only going to be in one show.
"I wrote to Brendan to ask what was going on and said it wasn't good enough," Hollywood said.
“I told him that if it weren't for the two of me, I wouldn't be in either. I hadn't earned anything since last February and the last message I got back was that I would be missed by everything and he wished me a safe flight.
When fans learned that the lovable hairdresser Dino was no longer attending the show, O & # 39; Carroll told interviewers that relations between the two were "friendly".
He also said Hollywood "decided he wanted to follow his own star and we're happy for him," which made Hollywood angry because he said that was the last thing he wanted.
Additionally, he was still angry that his salary was cut by a quarter for the fourth series of the chat show's spin-off. He had previously received a text message in which he explained that this was due to a shortening of the show's running time.
Hollywood said: & # 39; The text said it had been broadcast to the entire cast. I could see the logic in it and it wasn't a problem for me. But then I found out that only I got it, the rest of the cast didn't have any discounted money. & # 39;
O & # 39; Carroll, who left school at age 11, is estimated to be worth at least £ 10 million. In 2017, he and his family splashed seven homes in Florida. He first founded Mrs. Brown as part of a radio soap opera, largely based on his mother Maureen, who raised eleven children on very low incomes.
Hollywood says he can't understand why the BBC won't intervene in the dispute. "I think the BBC is scared of Brendan," he said.
The BBC, O & # 39; Carroll and his company, BOC Productions, declined to comment, but it is understood that there is no need to file a response yet.
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