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Gibney (right) with Brendan O'Carroll in 2015
Jennifer Gibney

7 July 1964 (1964-07-07) (age 57)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Television Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011–present)
Strictly Come Dancing (2014)
All Round to Mrs. Brown's (2017–present)
Brendan O'Carroll
(m. 2005)

Jennifer Gibney (born 7 July 1964) is an Irish actress. She is best known for playing Cathy Brown in the BBC television sitcom, Mrs. Brown's Boys.

Gibney appears in Mrs. Brown's Boys as the daughter of Agnes Brown, played by her real-life husband, Brendan O'Carroll.


Gibney started work as a civil servant in the Irish tax office for seven years, and then joined the Bank of Ireland. She studied for a drama degree while at the bank and joined the company’s amateur dramatics group. She trained to be an actress at Dublin Oscar Theatre School, gaining her first professional acting role in 1996, with a minor part in Some Mother's Son, a film starring Helen Mirren.

Strictly Come Dancing

In 2014, Gibney took part in the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Irish professional, Tristan MacManus. She was voted off in week three of the series after dancing to ABBA's Mamma Mia on Movie Week. She competed in the bottom two against Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Darcey Bussell Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Donny Osmond Total
1 Jive – "Happy" 3 5 5 5 18 None
2 Waltz – "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" 4 5 5 5 19 Bottom two
3 Foxtrot – "Mamma Mia" 3 5 5 5 5 23 Eliminated
  • Note: Donny Osmond was a guest judge for the third week

Personal life

Gibney has been married to Brendan O'Carroll since 2005 and has three stepchildren: Fiona, Danny--who also appear in Mrs. Brown's Boys--and Eric.


Year Title Role
2002–2008 Mrs. Brown's Boys The Original Series Cathy Brown
2007 Prosperity Linda
2009 Mrs. Brown's Boy's: Pilot Cathy Brown
2011–present Mrs. Brown's Boys Cathy Brown
2014 Strictly Come Dancing Herself/Contestant
2017–present All Round to Mrs. Brown's Cathy Brown
2018 For Facts Sake Herself/Team Captain
Year Title Role
1996 Some Mother's Son Woman Searcher No.2
1999 Agnes Browne Winnie the Mackerel
2014 Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie Cathy Brown
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