Family sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys is to return for two Christmas specials next month, following reports that three members of the show’s cast allegedly avoided tax by putting more than £2 million into companies in Mauritius.
Patrick Houlihan (who plays Dermot), Martin Delany (Trevor) and Fiona O’Carroll (Maria) took funds received from a production company owned by creator and star of the show, Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll, and transferred them overseas, the BBC reported.
The three could not be contacted, but Houlihan seemed confused over the scheme and told the Irish Times that he had not intended to avoid tax but simply control it. “I had to Google tax avoidance to see what it meant,” he said. O’Carroll, meanwhile, told the BBC that neither he nor his companies had been involved in a tax avoidance scheme or structure.
The sitcom, which follows O’Carroll’s drag persona Mrs Brown and her eccentric family, has proved