What Are The Original Shameless UK Cast Up To Now? How Times Have Changed

By Cara Dudgeon

15th May 2019

Shameless UK Cast Then And Now

It was black comedy we all knew and loved but five years after the end of the series what is the Shameless UK Cast getting up to these days?

Set in Manchester, the drama series – written by Paul Abbott – was a huge hit.

Did anybody else tear up at the last 14 episodes? Nope just me, okay…

The Americans even made their own version of Shameless! It stars Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy.

Ever wondered what the working class bunch are up to now? This is what the Shameless UK cast members look like now…

Fiona McBride (Anne-Marie Duff) – THEN

Fiona was the head of the Gallagher family thanks to her father’s drunken behaviour and the fact that her mother had walked out on the family because she was fed up of her husband!

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Anne-Marie Duff (Fiona McBride) – NOW

Anne-Marie actually ended up marrying her co-star James McAvoy and the pair had a son, Brendan, together. However, in 2016 they announced their divorce.

She recently starred in the film, On Chesil Beach and in the TV show His Dark Materials.

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Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall) – THEN

I mean, how does anyone describe Frank?

He has goodness knows how many children and drinks goodness know how many alcoholic beverages a day!

He isn’t always the best dad, but can give his children good advice. Definitely the most iconic member of the Shameless Uk Cast!

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David Threlfall (Frank Gallagher) – NOW

He couldn’t be further from Frank!

David hates smoking and has been married to his wife since 1995.

His latest stint was in the drama series: Troy: Fall Of A City, playing Priam.

David Threlfall

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Steve McBride (James McAvoy) – THEN

Steve was the guy we all loved.

He may have stole cars for a living, but he was still a sweetheart. Remember when he bought Fiona that washing machine? #goals

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James McAvoy (Steve McBride) – NOW

Since Shameless James has gone on to be one of Hollywood’s biggest names.

He has starred in the Narnia chronicles, Wanted and the X-Men franchise.


Lip Gallagher (Jody Latham) – THEN

Lip was known for being a bit of a gobby ‘un, but was one of the cleverest Gallaghers!

He ended up going to university in Nottingham, despite meaning that he would be an absent father to his daughter, Katie, with Mandy.

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Jody Latham (Lip Gallagher) – NOW

Shameless is one of the many TV series that Jody has starred in; you may also recognise him from: The Fixers, The Tudors, Eastenders, Waterloo Road or No Offence.


Ian Gallagher (Gerard Kearns) – THEN

Throughout Ian’s time in the show we him explore his sexuality – he sleeps with men, women and in the final ever episode we learn that he is engaged to a transsexual.

He is also a barman and a murderer, naturally.

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Gerard Kearns (Ian Gallagher) – NOW

Gerard’s best known role is as Ian, but has starred in other roles.

Such as The Last Kingdom as Halig and in the film Trespass Against Us as Lester.

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Carl Gallagher (Elliott Tittensor) – THEN

Probably one of the most troublesome Gallaghers, Carl has quite a few run ins with the law – growing marijuana for the Maguires and being falsely accused of murdering someone.

He also has SEVERAL sexual conquests on the show.

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Elliott Tittensor (Carl Gallagher) – NOW

Originally, Elliott played the role of Carl alongside his twin brother Luke, but after Luke accepted the role of Daz Eden in Emmerdale, Elliott singularly played the role.

Nowadays, it looks as if Elliott is a tattoo apprentice!


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Familia. ❤️ my siblings. Nothing like a winter solstice to bring the fam together.

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Debbie Gallagher (Rebecca Ryan) – THEN

This character took over from Fiona’s role of ‘matriarch’ when she left at the end of season two with Steve.

She loves her father Frank much more than the other children, but eventually has enough and decides to join the army.

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Rebecca Ryan (Debbie Gallagher) – NOW

You might recognise Rebecca from her most recent role as Gemma in Casualty. However, she had previously starred in Casualty in two singular episodes in 2009 and 2011!

She recently got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, Daniel. Congrats, huni!


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So happy @danacraman finally cut the grass 🤗 🌞

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Karen Maguire (Rebecca Atkinson) – THEN

Known for her sexual ways, Karen is originally Lip’s girlfriend, but then sleeps with Frank also known as HIS FATHER!

Throughout the series we experience miscarriage, pregnancy and bipolar.

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Rebecca Atkinson (Karen Maguire) – NOW

Rebecca got together with the guy who played Joe Pritchard – Ben Batt – and they even have a son, Jack, together.

Currently, Rebecca has taken a back seat from acting, only occasionally appearing in shows for one episode, such as Casualty and Holby City.

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Kev Ball (Dean Lennox Kelly) – THEN

Kev lived next door to the Gallaghers, so of course he got himself caught up in the chaos.

He has an invalid marriage to Veronica, is illiterate and also attempted to buy an orphan.

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Dean Lennox Kelly (Kev Ball) – NOW

You may recognise Dean from the TV series Jamestown or Silent Witness.

It has just been announced that he will star in the 2019 film, Trick or Treat.

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Veronica Ball (Maxine Peake) – THEN

Veronica is Kev’s (illegal) wife but is estranged from the rest of her family.

Best friends with Fiona, after she leaves, we see Veronica defend Debbie in numerous situations. #girlpower

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Maxine Peake (Veronica Ball) – NOW

Since Shameless, Maxine peak has gone from strength to strength, being well known as one of the North West’s leading actresses.

She currently resides in Salford which means that she can work in different northern theatres – most recently in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.


Mandy Maguire (Samantha Siddall) – THEN

Mandy was the only Maguire daughter and used this to her advantage. Remember when she got her brother to beat up Ian after he rejected her?! She faced a tragic ending though, when she was kidnapped and then ended up in a house fire started by Maureen.

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Samantha Siddall (Mandy Maguire) – NOW

Samantha’s first TV appearance was in Cutting It, playing Fuchsia Gutteridge – what a name! Since Shameless she has only had minor roles in TV shows and short films.


Jamie Maguire (Aaron McCusker) – THEN

Jamie is definitely a… character.

He becomes a ‘man-whore’, digs up his wife’s side-piece’s dead dad and brings it to him and then even has an affair himself despite reacting the way he does when it is revealed that his wife had one! No one likes a hypocrite Jamie.

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Aaron McCusker (Jamie Maguire) – NOW

Originally from Northern Ireland, Aaron now resides in Manchester.

He has starred in the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury’s boyfriend, was in the eighth series of Dexter and was also in The Bill.

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Mimi Tutton (Tina Malone) – THEN

Mimi is someone you DEFINITELY don’t want to cross.

She is tough as nails but does make some questionable decisions. Like the time she slept with a fourteen year old, had his baby, and then got married to him. You do you, huni.

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Tina Malone (Mimi Tutton)  – NOW

Tina’s oldest daughter, Danielle, is also an actress and is against the fact that her mother has gone on to have children at an older age, a daughter, Flame, and they are apparently trying for another child.

However, she recently got into trouble with the law after releasing Jon Veneables’ new identity. Guess that baby will go on hold?


Kash Karib (Chris Bisson) – THEN

Kash’s time on the show is EXTREMELY eventful. It is revealed that he is homosexual and in a relationship with his underage employee, Ian, despite having a wife and two kids.

Once his wife discovers his affair she makes him leave town by faking his own suicide, then when he returns she plans to KILL him with her new partner and then HIS OWN SON kills him and leaves his body to burn in a fire. Like I said, eventful.

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Chris Bisson (Kash Karib) – NOW

You may recognise Chris from the soap opera, Emmerdale, where he stars as Jai Sharma. He has also starred in East is East, Coronation Street and Where The Heart Is.


Yvonne Karib (Kelli Hollis) – THEN

Yvonne is Kash’s honourable wife – she converted to Islam for him, abandoned her family for him and gave him two children. She got her revenge though!

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Kelli Hollis (Yvonne Karib) – NOW

Since her Shameless days, Kelli has gone on to star in Emmerdale, Casualty and Pitching In.


Oh how we miss the Shameless UK Cast!

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