Brendan O'Carroll has revealed that he was approached to take part in a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special as Mrs Brown.

The Finglas funnyman told BBC One's Sunday Morning Live that he was invited to appear on the show and dance with head judge Len Goodman, but O'Carroll declined the offer.

"The idea had been mooted that it would be nice in the Christmas special that just one dance with Len and Mrs Brown would be nice," said O'Carroll. "Who would be lead?

"It's nice to have a hybrid and a crossover between Mrs Brown and something else, but the truth of it is Strictly Come Dancing doesn't need me or Mrs Brown.

"It's a great entity in its own right. I have to protect [Mrs. Brown] from Len."

O'Carroll, whose wife Jennifer Gibney is appearing in this year's Strictly line-up, said that he was very proud of her decision to take part in the show.

"I am so, so proud," he said. "Pride in your family or pride in your partner or someone else gives you more confidence."

Mrs Brown's Boys will return to television screens later this year for two Christmas specials.