After 26 years on the production team of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Rory Cowan has decided to quit the show after being “unhappy for some time”.

The Irish actor played the role of Agne’s son Rory, however handed his notice in to creator and Mrs Brown actor Brendan O’Carroll last month.

In an interview with the Irish Daily Mail he said: “I hadn’t been happy working for the Mrs Brown’s Boys company for the last 18 months to two years. I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go.

“I told Brendan on June 16 about my decision to leave. That’s when I handed in my notice.

“I was supposed to leave at the end of that week, but Brendan said that would be impossible and asked if I’d stay on until the end of the London O2 gigs. So I agreed to that.”

Fans were left pondering whether there had been a bust-up between himself and O’Carroll, but Rory stated that this wasn’t the case.

Fans are devastated by the decision, as the show became one the biggest UK sitcoms of all-time; with an average of 5 million viewers per episode.

Before hitting the small screen six years ago, Mrs Browns Boys was formerly a stage-show, however BBC producers picked it up in 2011.