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LEAV­ING: Rory is quit­ting show af­ter 26 years MRS Brown’s Boys cre­ator Bren­dan O’Car­roll has com­pared the de­par­ture of co-star Rory Cowan – af­ter 26 years of work­ing to­gether – to footie star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s trans­fer from Manch­ester United. Rory played the son of O’Car­roll’s pop­u­lar char­ac­ter Agnes Brown for the fi­nal time at the O2 Arena in Lon­don on Sun­day. In a state­ment O’Car­roll la­belled him a “leg­end”, adding: “To all of us it feels like Ron­aldo leav­ing Manch­ester United. “But Ron­aldo went on to amaz­ing suc­cess – which I know Rory will too.” “I can’t even quan­tify the con­tri­bu­tion Rory has made to our suc­cess and the well­be­ing of me and my fam­ily – not just on screen or stage but way be­fore that as a friend and a driv­ing force in get­ting us here. “He’s a leg­end.” Cowan, who played hair­dresser Rory Brown, said he had grown “tired” of the hit BBC com­edy and stage show.

He said: “I got tired of it, I haven’t been happy for the last two years work­ing there.”

“There was no row with Bren­dan, there was no dis­pute over money or any­thing, in fact quite the op­po­site, I got so well paid that it en­abled me to be able to leave – I didn’t need to stay.”

Cowan’s agent said his client’s split from the hit BBC com­edy and pop­u­lar stage show had been “am­i­ca­ble”.

The ac­tor had starred as Rory Brown since 2001 and has worked with O’Car­roll since the early 1990s.

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