Shameless Cast Then and Now: See How Much Has Changed Over 9 Seasons

Before Emmy Rossum's Fiona Gallagher leaves the nest, take a walk down memory lane

By Chris Harnick Oct 26, 2018 5:30 PMTags

The Gallagher family at the heart of Shameless has been through a lot, to say the least. Viewers have followed their misadventures for nine seasons now (with a tenth possibly coming), watching as the kids grow from rebellious pre-teen to rebellious teen to rebellious young adult…You get the picture.

With all the exits rocking the show—we already said goodbye to Cameon Monaghan's Ian, Emmy Rossum's Fiona will depart this year—it was time to look back at how things started.

And while there's no Shameless until season nine resumes in January 2019, we couldn't resist this walk down memory lane. Just look at how much little Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) has grown over the nine seasons!

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William H. Macy as Frank

Willam H. Macy played Frank, the alcoholic, type-B Gallagher family patriarch, on all 11 seasons of Shameless. As of April 2021, the month the series ended, the actor has been nominated for an Emmy five times for his role.

Emmy Rossum as Fiona

Emmy Rossum played Fiona Gallagher from season one to season nine in 2019, two years before the series ended.

Christian Isaiah as Liam

Liam Gallagher is the youngest sibling in the family, and since the start of the show has been played by several different actors (babies, man). Christian Isaiah took over the role for season nine in 2018.

Ethan Cutkosky as Carl

Ethan Cutkosky, whose other credits include Law & Order: SVU, played troubled youth-turned-cop Carl Gallagher on Shameless for all 11 seasons of Shameless.

Jeremy Allen White as Lip

Jeremy Allen White played Philip "Lip" Gallagher for Shameless' entire run. The actor's razor sharp-witted but hot-headed character began a family of his own towards the later seasons and stepped up to assume the parental role among his siblings after Fiona left.

Life imitated art for White: He is a proud father of two children.

Cameron Monaghan as Ian

Cameron Monaghan, aka Ian Gallagher, exited Shameless during its ninth season but returned for the next one. The actor's other credits include Gotham, The Giver and Mercy Street.

Emma Kenney as Debbie

Emma Kenney played Debbie Gallagher on all 11 seasons of Shameless. She also stars in The Conners, the spinoff of Roseanne, as Harris, Darlene's (Sara Gilbert) daughter.

Steve Howey as Kevin

Steve Howey, who was famous for his work on Reba McEntire's self-titled sitcom, played Kev Ball on the series since its debut. Kev is Veronica's husband and the Gallagher family's neighbor.

Shanola Hampton as Veronica

Shanola Hampton played Veronica Fisher, the Gallagher family neighbor, on all 11 seasons of Shameless.

Isidora Goreshter as Svetlana

Viewers first met Isidora Goreshter as Svetlana in season three. She left the show in season eight.

Shameless returns in January and airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on Showtime.