Like many of the men who meet Fiona Gallagher, Mike soon fell head over heels. Like others, they get burned by this olive-skinned beauty. Enter Mike Pratt in Season 3 as Fiona’s boss at World Wide Cup. The two start out as friends, then begin dating, much to the characters’ infinite delight. Mike offers Fiona a chance at stability.
He is a loving and family-centered man but ultimately does not satisfy Fiona’s darker side, which is understandably a hard thing to do. Mike gets burned – and in a big way too – after Fiona has an affair with his brother, Robbie.
At the beginning of “Shameless”, no one would suspect the sweet-natured Karen Jackson of becoming a manipulative, self-centered individual who uses people to get her way. After her father, Eddie Jackson, abandons her and her OCD-agoraphobic mother, Sheila Jackson, it is up to Karen to take care of her mother.
However, by the end of Season 1, everything gets a little too much for her, especially her father’s harsh judgment of her not-so-pure history. Karen continues an intimate relationship with Lip Gallagher, but her tempestuous nature starts to get the better of her, and things around her slowly begin to unravel.
Laura Slade Wiggins (aka Karen Jackson)
Born in the late 1980s, Wiggins has had guest performances on “CSI” (Las Vegas) and “Eleventh Hour”. Though she is most well-known for her role in “Shameless”, Wiggins has starred in “Rings”, “The Tomorrow People”, and “Starving in Suburbia”. As said, Wiggins does not resemble her onscreen persona in any way.
She is steadily paving a career for herself as an acting professional both in film and television. On top of that, Laura has a passion for music — she sings and plays the guitar. In 2018, she married stuntman Kyle Weishaar, and the couple welcomed a daughter in 2021.
Jake McDorman (aka Mike Pratt)
We have seen this face before, plenty of times. Jake McDorman’s first big break came from "Greek," a series exploring the friendships and love lives of college students. His role as Evan Chambers in "Greek" is completely different from his in “Shameless” as his character in "Greek" is the one with the infidelity problem.
Other notable performances of his include “Are You There, Chelsea?” and “Manhattan Love Story”. He has also had some roles in movies such as “American Sniper”. Currently, this Dallas-born actor is unmarried, but he has been in a romantic relationship with the actress and model Lio Tipton.
Steve, we mean Jimmy, makes a dubious living from stealing cars, and yet, audience members were rooting for him from the get-go. Though clearly an outsider, Jimmy tries his best to fit in with the Gallaghers and win Fiona’s heart (as many other charters do, throughout the show).
Eventually, the ice queen cracks, and the two start an intimate relationship. Steve’s problem, um, we mean Jimmy’s problem, is that he is not Steve. He has been living under the alias of Steve McBride and introduces himself to the Gallaghers using this name, but his past cannot be so easily buried.