BBC One’s Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll has opened up about his money troubles before he found fame with his comedy show.
The 67 year old reached stardom with his comedy show where he plays he plays the role of family matriarch Mrs Brown.
Ahead of the shows new season he has spoken about how he had written and directed a film but failed to secure financial backing.
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Brendan said that he found himself in serious debt after funding for a movie called Sparrows fell through.
It also happened the same year he split up with his wife Doreen Dowdall.
Recalling the difficult time, he told The Mirror: "I was on the edge of a breakdown, a clinician would have said I was depressed, definitely.
"I have never been as low before or since. I was numb, it was like I walked down a dark alley and I couldn’t remember the way out."
Brendan explained how he "didn't turn on the lights" or open the curtains in his home for three days.
The comedy star was also barely eating and only "picked at food".
However Brendan also explained that a dream about his late mother Maureen pulled him through.
Brendan, who's mother inspired the leading Mrs Brown's Boys character Agnes, recalled to The Sun: "My mother said to me in a dream, 'Get up off your knees and do something'."
The actor added how, after he awoke, he felt "great".
After his dream he was contacted by businessman Dermot Desmond who gave him the chance to turn the original radio show-version Mrs Brown's Boys into a stage production.
He gratefully accepted and the show was a huge hit with audiences the Glasgow Pavilion.
It was then spotted by BBC producer Stephen McCrum and the rest is history.
Producer Stephen previously recalled: "I went along to see the show.
"And it was very, very funny. I don't believe in God, but I nearly did that night. The audience was full of 200 old women laughing, alongside ushers who were about 16 or 17 and also p**sing themselves
"It was immediately clear: there's something happening here."
Filming of a new mini series of the show will start with a Christmas special and continue throughout next year.
There has not been a full series of the award winning comedy since 2013 – just Christmas and New Year special's.
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