Brian Beacom

Brian Beacom PhotoBrian Beacom is Senior Features Writer for the Herald and Times Group in Glasgow. He lives in the Renfrewshire village of Kilmacolm with two cats, Effie and Simba, who were dumped upon him when his partner moved in.

Brian is the author of celebrity biography, The Real Mrs Brown: The Authorised Biography of Brendan O’Carroll,  which follows Brendan O’Carroll’s rise to fame.

O’Carroll performs to tens of thousands of people a night in packed out stadiums across the country. In the last four years he has become one of the most popular comedians in the UK and his show Mrs Brown’s Boys reached more viewers than Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife.

This is the story of how a comic from Dublin surprised everyone – most of all himself – by becoming one of the most successful comedians in the world. It is a story of hardship, heartbreak and talent, which will remind readers that sometimes the facts can be even more extroadinary than the fiction.