As young as Ethan Cutkosky may be, Cutkosky is not new to the world of acting and entertainment. Though he is only in his twenties – born in August 1999 – Cutkosky entered this world when he was four years old. He started out modeling when he was just a toddler, so by the time he landed the role, cameras were like old friends to him.
One of his first breaks was in the film “Fred Claus” starring Vince Vaughn. Yet, his stand-out performance was as Barto in “The Unborn”, and of course, in “Shameless”. There is another talent this actor is hiding. He is also an inspiring musician!
Emma Kenney (aka Debbie Gallagher)
Landing the role of Debbie Gallagher at 9 years old was an incredible breakthrough for Emma Kinney. The actress spent almost half of her life being a member of the "Shameless" ensemble. This means she got her big break as a working actress at an age most stars could only dream of, and that she literally grew up on camera.
Kenney is remaining single right now to focus on her career, but in an interview with Vulture, the actress admitted to having once had a crush on her “Shameless” co-star and on-screen brother, Lip Gallagher played by Jeremy Allen White.
The second youngest Gallagher is Carl. In the first season, his destructive tendencies are showing in his fondness for melting and microwaving action figures. Disfiguring toys as a child usually foreshadows a character's trajectory, but Carl was able to get his redemption.
Two seasons after we discover those self-destructive tendencies, his father shaves his head in an attempt to create the latest perfect scam: pretending Carl has cancer. Soon, Carl turns to a life of crime and skirts dangerously close to ruining his life forever, but after a life-changing event, he signs up for military school and heads down another path.
Initially, it is not clear how Liam Gallagher fits in. He is kind of passed around the Gallagher siblings. Only his sister, Fiona, takes care of him, but very little. The lack of fitting in is an issue that only seems to grow in the youngest Gallagher sibling.
Nevertheless, Liam grows up to be a bright student. Despite his father’s (Frank) shortcomings and constant scams, Liam never loses hope that Frank will become the father figure he never had. Relatives like Mavar try to fill this role for him, but Liam only wants Frank, even if it is to his detriment.
Christian Isaiah (aka Liam Gallagher)
Born in Virginia Beach on December 15, 2007, Christian Isaiah is one of the youngest people to join the regular “Shameless” cast. From the young age of 18 months, this promising actor caught the eye of the camera, when he entered his first modeling contest in which he was the 1st runner-up.
He also won the Best Smile award. No surprise there. A showcase of his acting talents includes films like “Ambivalent Hope: A Gun and a Prayer” for which he received a nomination for a supporting role. One thing we know about Isaiah is that he loves basketball shoes.