Shameless won a huge following of devoted fans when it first debuted on Channel 4 in 2003 and the critically acclaimed show has become an icon of British comedy.
The show, which stars David Threlfall as Mancunian patriarch Frank Gallagher, ran for 11 seasons, before ending in 2013.
It launched the careers of A-list stars including James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff and Maxine Peake, and was loved by fans young and old after it became streamable on Netflix.
It even spawned a hugely successful US spin-off, starring William H Macy and Emmy Rossum, but die-hard Shameless fans argue that it’s not a patch on the series. breakthrough root.
Almost a decade after it first aired, let’s see where the cast is now…
David Threlfall (Frank Gallagher)
The talented footballer played the ailing father on Channel 4 and is best known for his drunkenness and steadfast affection for his troubled family.
In addition to being well known for his stage performances, having acted in plays such as Oedipus, Macbeth and Don Quixote, the 68-year-old has also starred in big-screen films like Hot Fuzz, alongside Simon Pegg, Elizabeth : The Golden Age with Cate Blanchett, and Master and Commander with Russell Crowe.
David also made a career as a television acting icon, and has appeared in shows like Ripper Street, Troy: Fall of a City and Code of a Killer.
The actor has two children with Bosnian-British actress Brana Bajic, who also voices the character Flop in the beloved children’s series Bing, which airs on CBeebies.
Anne-Marie Duff (Fiona McBride)
The actress plays eldest brother Fiona on the show, as she serves as the family’s matriarch after their mother Monica leaves her father Frank.
She left the show in 2005, and her career is slowly taking off.
The BAFTA-nominated star stars in the critically acclaimed biopic Nowhere Boy as Julia Lennon, mother of musician John Lennon, as well as playing Queen Elizabeth in the adaptation of the novel The BBC’s The Virgin Queen, starring Tom Hardy as her lover Robert Dudley.
Anne-Marie has forged an illustrious career on the small screen, starring in His Dark Materials, The Salisbury Poisonings and the hit Netflix comedy Sex Education, as Erin Wiley.
Off-screen, Anne-Marie began a romance with Shameless co-star James McAvoy, who played her love interest Steve on the show.
They married in 2006 and have a son, Brendan, but announced their shock split in 2016.
Jody Latham (Lip Gallagheh)
Adorable Lip is the second eldest in a dysfunctional family, and since leaving the show, he has gone on to take on roles in EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, and Inspector George Gently.
However, he gave up acting to start his own beauty business, and is now the proud owner of a £18m cosmetics empire, after being inspired entered the industry when she received Botox from a Shameless supplement company.
“I live in a two-bed apartment and drive a modest car. I’m pumping everything back into the company,” he told the Daily Mirror in 2020.
“It is valued at £18 million. We’ll see where we are in the next few years. I had money before but didn’t have it on hand long enough.”
James McAvoy (Steve McBride)
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James was the most popular name on the show, but at the time, the Scottish star was best known for playing Steve, Fiona’s love interest.
He shot to superstardom after starring in the 2006 Oscar-nominated film The Last King Of Scotland, and secured Hollywood star status with subsequent male leads in Atonement, Wanted, X-Men: First Class – as well as the sequels to X -Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix – It: Chapter II, and Glass.
He has also forged a successful theatrical career, and appeared alongside ex-wife Anne-Marie Duff on the BBC’s His Dark Materials last year.
After breaking up with his former co-star Shameless, James began dating American personal assistant Lisa Liberati in 2018, after meeting on the set of Split while in the US.
James later revealed they were secretly married.
Tina Malone (Mimi Maguire)
The Liverpudlian actress joined the show in 2007 and has previously appeared on television shows such as Dinner Ladies and Brookside.
Since Shameless ended, Tina has gone on to star in the prison drama Clink, as well as starring on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009.
Tina made headlines when she got a reported £50,000 makeover, including a tummy tuck and orthopedics, after she lost 12 stone.
The star was given a stomach band and she went under the knife to perfect her whole body.
However, her career slipped when she was fired from the silent film Sleeping Beauty in December 2018, after admitting cocaine possession.
She then claimed she was set up.
And in March 2019, Tina was sentenced to eight months in prison – and fined £10,000 – for sharing a photo believed to be of Jon Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers, on social media.
Rebecca Ryan (Debbie Gallagher)
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Tearaway’s daughter Debbie is played by actress Rebecca, who has enjoyed a hugely successful television career since the show ended in 2013.
While Debbie ended up joining the army, Rebecca starred in Casualty, Doctors, DCI Banks and Monroe, before joining the BBC series Waterloo Road as Vicki MacDonald from 2009 to 2011.
Now, she travels from one side of Manchester to the other, playing Lydia Chambers in Coronation Street.
She recently filmed her final scenes on cobblestones, when she abruptly dropped the soap when his character confessed to trying to kill Adam Barlow.
Maxine Peake (Veronica Ball)
Veronica is a neighbor to the Gallaghers, and the Bolton-born actress has had a glittering on-screen career since she left the show in 2007.
She has starred in shows including Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice, Silk, and more recently the critically acclaimed BBC thriller The Rules of the Game.
The actress also played child killer Myra Hindley in the ITV horror drama series See No Evil: The Moors Murders, which aired in 2006.
Maxine has also appeared in Netflix’s Black Mirror, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, and The Theory of Everything, alongside Eddie Redmayne.
Rebecca Atkinson (Karen Maguire)
The 38-year-old actress played the rebellious Karen Maguire in Shameless from 2004 to 2013, and her character shocked viewers by having an affair with Frank.
After the show ended, Rebecca joined the BBC Scotland soap opera River City, and has also appeared in Life on Mars, Holby City, Coronation Street and Doctors.
She is also married to one of Shameless’s co-stars – Ben Batt, who plays Joe Pritchard – and the couple has a son together.
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