Shameless star Anne-Marie Duff to reprise her role as Fiona Gallagher for the show’s finale! See who else is headed back to Chatsworth!

by Lynn Connolly

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UPDATE! The fabulous Kelli Hollis has confirmed to us that she is also returning for the Shameless finale in the role of feisty Yvonne Karib! Yvonne was of course formerly married to – as it turned out – gay shopkeeper Kash (Chris Bisson) but she later began a romance with copper Stan Waterman (Warren Donnelly).

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I can’t wait to see what Yvonne’s up to now!


Fans of Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless, which is sadly ending its eleven-series run this year, will surely be delighted to know that Anne-Marie Duff is to make a comeback to the show as Fiona Gallagher.

TV Choice magazine reports, “The 42-year-old acclaimed actress left the programme eight years ago during the second series, a little over a year after the hit comedy drama launched.

“She is now filming the final edition which is set on Manchester’s fictional Chatsworth estate.”

Anne-Marie, who is of course married to her former Shameless co-star James McAvoy who played Steve McBride, left the show in its second series – as did James – and since then has starred in the critically acclaimed BBC drama The Virgin Queen as well as BBC Two series Parade’s End, in which she co-starred with Sherlock actor, Benedict Cumberbatch…

However, Anne-Marie isn’t the only former cast member to be making a return as it’s also been revealed that Jody Latham will be back as ‘Lip and Elliott Titensor as Carl.

A spokeswoman for the show said, “Shameless 11 will be as celebratory, defiant and as unapologetic as ever.”

When the end of Shameless was announced, series creator Paul Abbott said, “Its 10th anniversary seems a fitting time to shut the book on Shameless.

“We’ve had an absolute ball making this stuff up for a living. We’ve given back in spades and got away with absolute murder, on behalf of such a fantastically outspoken audience.

“But this is also the year my dad died and he was, in abstract, my core inspiration for starting the whole Shameless party rolling, I wanted to make invisible people vivid…

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“Closing the two eras in the same year feels very right. Now I’m off to build the next whatever-it-is.”

And Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt added, “We are in Paul Abbott’s debt for bringing his defiantly dysfunctional band of characters to Channel 4 and I’m delighted to say we have other drama projects with Paul in the pipeline.”

I will miss Shameless but I’m so looking forward to the finale! Are you?

Here’s a reminder of Anne-Marie as Fiona…


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.