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Jennifer Gibney (born 7 July 1964) is an Irish actress, best known for playing Cathy Brown in the BBC television sitcom, Mrs. Brown's Boys.[1]

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

(1964-07-07) 7 July 1964 (age 55)
OccupationActress {former bank assistant}
Years active1996–present
TelevisionMrs. Brown's Boys (2011–present)
Strictly Come Dancing (2014)
All Round to Mrs. Brown's (2017–present) (agnes browne),,(for facts sake)
Relatives(sister:fiona gibney) --conor gibney mother-annie gibney) father - michael gibney

Gibney appears in Mrs. Brown's Boys as the daughter of Agnes Brown, played by her real-life husband, Brendan O'Carroll.[2]



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,[3] gaining her first professional acting role in 1996, with a minor part in Some Mother's Son, a film starring Helen Mirren.[1][4]

Strictly Come DancingEdit

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.[5]

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 lifeEdit

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


Year Title Role
2007 Prosperity Linda
2011– Mrs. Brown's Boys Cathy Brown
2014 Strictly Come Dancing Herself/Contestant
2017– 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


  1. ^ a b Senior, Anne-Marie (7 September 2014). "Who is Jennifer Gibney? Strictly Come Dancing 2014 contestant profile". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (23 December 2012). "BBC News - Mrs Brown's Boys - 'We are not the Waltons'". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Jennifer Gibney -". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Jennifer Gibney; What would Mammy say?". BBC. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  5. ^ Hogan, Michael (12 October 2014). "Jennifer Gibney is the second celebrity voted off Strictly Come Dancing". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 October 2014.