Francesca ShillcockThe cult comedy is now available to binge of Netflix – see where the stars of the show are now…
Shameless has been a staple comedy series on our TV screens since it began airing back in 2004. The show, which ran for 11 seasons and officially wrapped in 2013, followed a group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humour - on a rough Manchester council estate. One of the main storylines followed Steve, a middle-class teenager who falls for Fiona, the oldest sibling, and increasingly finds himself drawn to her unconventional and unique family.
The cult comedy show saw some iconic characters come and go throughout the years, but where are they now?
If you've ever wondered what the actors who played Frank, Fiona, Lip and co. are up to now – then look no further. Click through the gallery to see where some of the show's most iconic stars are today...
David Threlfall - Frank Gallagher
Leading star of the show is David Threlfall who played Frank, the head of the Gallagher family. Frank was known for his drunken rants. But away from the show, David has had quite an impressive career. After Shameless, he appeared in the 2014 film Black Sea alongside Jude Law and has had roles in other TV shows such as Ripper Street, Troy: Fall of a City, and Code of a Killer.
Annabell Apsion took on the role of Frank's estranged wife Monica in the series. More recently, whoever, she's starred as Beattie May in Father Brown and as Violet Buckle in Call the Midwife. She's also had recent roles in Doc Martin and Suspects.
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Anne-Marie Duff - Fiona McBride
The eldest of the Gallagher children was Fiona – played by BAFTA nominated actress Anne-Marie Duff. Anne-Marie has appeared in plenty of other films and TV shows since appearing in the comedy, but most recently she's known for appearing as Erin Wiley in Netflix's Sex Education and as Tracy Daszkiewicz in the BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings.
Jody Latham - Lip Gallagher
Phillip 'Lip' Gallagher is played by Jody Latham. Jody is perhaps best-known for his work in the Channel 4 comedy, but has had roles in other popular TV shows since including Casualty, Holby City and Inspector George Gently.
James McAvoy – Steve McBride
Steve McBride was the love-interest of Fiona and the two ended up running away together to marry. Steve was played by James McAvoy and their on-screen relationship spilled into real life, with James and Anne-Marie tying the knot in 2006 and welcoming their son Brandon together. However, the couple decided to call it quits in 2016. Nowadays, James is best known for his film work in X-Men, Split and It Chapter Two. Most recently, he appeared in BBC One lockdown drama Together alongside Sharon Horgan.
Veronica Ball is a neighbour of the Gallaghers and was played by Maxine Peake. Before Shameless, Maxine was known for her roles in Dinnerladies, but since the show Maxine has enjoyed huge success in the acting world. She's appeared in shows such as Three Girls, Black Mirror, Inside No.9 and films such as The Theory of Everything and Peterloo.
Twins Elliott and Luke Tittensor both played the role of youngster Carl Gallagher. Luke has since left acting, but Elliott has gone on to land roles in BBC's drama Reg as well as films like Edith and war epic Dunkirk.
Rebecca Ryan - Debbie Gallagher
Debbie was the youngest daughter of the Gallagher children and played by Rebecca Ryan. Since the show, Rebecca has appeared in other popular TV shows such as Doctors, Casualty, DCI Banks and Monroe.
Rebecca Atkinson - Karen Maguire
As well as the Gallaghers, the Maguires were known for their antics in the Manchester town. Rebecca Atkinson played Karen and appeared in the show throughout its run. After Shameless came to an end, Rebecca went on to shows such as River City, Doctors and Holby City.
Tina Malone – Mimi Maguire
Tina Malone joined Shameless in 2007 for series four onwards as Mimi Maguire. Tina appeared in the comedy show until its end in 2013 but was known prior to the show for her work in Dinnerladies and Brookside. Nowadays, she's appeared in prison drama Clink as Elaine McDermott in 2019.