Shameless won a legion of devoted fans when it first debuted on Channel 4 in 2003, and the critically acclaimed show became a British comedy icon.
The show, starring David Threlfall as Mancunian patriarch Frank Gallagher, ran for 11 seasons, before wrapping up in 2013.
He launched the career of A-list stars, including James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff and Maxine Peake, and is loved by fans young and old alike after being able to stream on Netflix.
It also spawned a hugely successful US spin-off starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, but die-hard Shameless fans say it’s not a patch to the groundbreaking original series.
Almost a decade after it first aired, let’s take a look at where the cast is now …
David Threlfall (Frank Gallagher)
The talented actor played the drenched father on the Channel 4 show, and was best known for his drunken rants and unwavering affection for his troubled family.
In addition to being famous for his stage performances, performing in works such as Oedipus, Macbeth and Don Quixote, the 68-year-old has also starred in big screen films including Hot Fuzz, alongside Simon Pegg, Elizabeth: The Age of gold with Cate Blanchett and Master and Commander with Russell Crowe.
David has also carved out a career as a television acting icon and has appeared on shows such as Ripper Street, Troy: Fall of a City and Code of a Killer.
The actor, who shares two children with Bosnian-British actress Brana Bajic, is also the voice of Flop in the beloved children’s series Bing, which airs on CBeebies.
Anne Marie Duff (Fiona McBride)
The actress played older sister Fiona on the show, as she served as the family matriarch after her mother Monica left dad Frank.
He left the show in 2005 and his career has grown stronger and stronger.
The BAFTA-nominated star starred in the critically acclaimed biopic Nowhere Boy as Julia Lennon, the mom of musician John Lennon, as well as playing Queen Elizabeth in the BBC adaptation of the novel The Virgin Queen, opposite Tom Hardy in as her lover Robert Dudley.
Anne-Marie has carved out an illustrious career on the small screen, starring in His Dark Materials, The Salisbury Poisonings and Netflix’s hit comedy Sex Education, as Erin Wiley.
Off-screen, Anne-Marie had a romance with her Shameless co-star James McAvoy, who played her love interest Steve on the show.
They married in 2006 and share a son, Brendan, but announced their shocking breakup in 2016.
Jody Latham (Lip GallaghAnd)
The adorable Lip was the second eldest child in the dysfunctional family and, since leaving the show, has landed roles in EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Inspector George Gently.
However, he stopped taking action in favor of starting his own beauty business and is now the proud owner of a £ 18 million cosmetics empire, having been inspired to enter the industry when he received Botox from a Shameless extra. .
“I live in a two bed apartment and drive a modest car. I’m putting everything back into the company, “he told the Daily Mirror in 2020.
“It has a value of 18 million pounds. We’ll see where we are in a couple of years. I’ve had money before, but not in my hands long enough ”.
James McAvoy (Steve McBride)
James is the biggest name to come out of the show, but at the time the Scottish star was best known for playing Steve, Fiona’s love interest.
He became a superstar after starring in the Oscar-nominated film The Last King of Scotland in 2006, and secured Hollywood star status with subsequent starring roles in Atonement, Wanted, X-Men: First Class – as well as the sequels X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix – It: Chapter II and Glass.
He also carved out a successful theater career and appeared alongside his ex-wife Anne-Marie Duff in BBC’s His Dark Materials last year.
After splitting from 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 United States.
James later revealed that they were secretly married.
Tina Malone (Mimi Maguire)
The Liverpudlian actress joined the show in 2007 and had previously appeared on TV shows such as Dinner Ladies and Brookside.
Since Shameless came to an end, Tina went on to star in the prison drama Clink, as well as enjoying a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009.
Tina made headlines when she underwent a £ 50,000 makeover, including a tummy tuck and a facelift, after losing 12 stones.
The star had a gastric band and she went under the knife to complete her full body makeover.
However, her career took a hit when she was fired from a pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty in December 2018, after admitting to possessing cocaine.
She later insisted that she was framed.
And in March 2019, Tina was sentenced to eight months with a suspended sentence – and a £ 10,000 fine – for sharing an alleged photo of Jon Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers, on social media.
Rebecca Ryan (Debbie Gallagher)
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Tearaway’s daughter Debbie was played by actress Rebecca, who has enjoyed a hugely successful career on TV since the show ended in 2013.
While Debbie ended up enlisting in 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 has moved from one part of Manchester to the other, while playing Lydia Chambers on Coronation Street.
He recently filmed his final scenes on the cobblestones, when he dramatically left the soap opera as the character confessed to trying to kill Adam Barlow.
Maxine Peake (Veronica Ball)
Veronica was a Gallagher neighbor, and the Bolton-born actress has enjoyed a distinguished screen career since leaving the show in 2007.
He has starred in shows including Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice, Silk and, most recently, the critically acclaimed BBC thriller The Rules of the Game.
The actress also played child killer Myra Hindley in ITV’s chilling drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders, which aired in 2006.
Maxine also appeared in the dystopian Netflix project Black Mirror, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo and The Theory of Everything, alongside Eddie Redmayne.
Rebecca Atkinson (Karen Maguire)
The 38-year-old actress played rebellious Karen Maguire in Shameless from 2004 to 2013, and her character shocked viewers by indulging in a relationship with Frank.
After the show ended, Rebecca joined the BBC soap opera Scotland River City and also appeared in Life on Mars, Holby City, Coronation Street and Doctors.
She also married one of her Shameless co-stars – Ben Batt, who played Joe Pritchard – and the couple share a child together.
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