The eldest Gallagher child and the unofficial matriarchal, Fiona Gallagher is a force to be reckoned with. From a young age, she had to step into the cumbersome shoes of her mother, Monica Gallagher, who left the family.
You don’t want to get on the wrong side of Fiona — that means hurting her family in any way. We kept praying for Fiona to find true love like Steve (aka Jimmy). We saw her smile, a sign of the ice queen warming up. Sadly, love seemed to always evade Fiona, often a result of her own erratic and self-destructive behavior.
The first character’s voice we hear is of Frank Gallagher. Immediately he captures our curiosity. He is not exactly the patriarch of the family – although he sees himself as one – as the raising of his brood is left to his eldest daughter. Apart from his drinking problem, and erratic behavior, one thing Frank spends much energy on is pulling off scams.
You can almost see his ears pricking up when he learns vital “scam-worthy” information. Often, Frank’s ploys are unsuccessful, only making his kids’ lives harder. Sadly, the character does experience a tragic ending, leaving us somewhat deflated.
William H. Macy (aka Frank Gallagher)
Good news, people. We are happy to report that William H. Macy is nothing like his onscreen persona, Frank Gallagher. By now, William is a household name. This seasoned actor has been in the industry for over 40 years, with notable performances as Jerry Lundegaard in the Coen brother’s “Fargo” – for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
He has also taken a shot at directing productions like the movie "Krystal." Unlike Frank, Macy is a devoted father to his two daughters. In 1997, after 15 years of on-and-off dating, Macy tied the knot to Desperate Housewives actress, Felicity Huffman.
Emmy Rossum (aka Fiona Gallagher)
Emmy Rossum was the perfect pick to bring the complex Fiona Gallagher to the screen. This New York-born and bred actress has been a part of the industry since childhood. Some of her films include “Poseidon” (2006) and “The Day After Tomorrow” as Sam’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) love interest.
Rossum has picked up a number of awards like a Saturn Award for Best Young Performer. The talent doesn’t end there. Rossum has also released three albums. Her love life resembled Fiona’s spiral of unsuccessful relationships, but in 2017, she married “Mr. Robot” creator, Sam Esmail, and the two welcomed a child.
Philip “Lip” Gallagher
Better known as “Lip”, and more accurately showing his cynical and critical side, Philip is the second eldest Gallagher child. He has a soft spot for his family members, especially for middle child Ian, to whom he is particularly close.
Certainly, the most academic of the brood, Lip takes advantage of his advanced intelligence and writes SAT tests for weaker students in exchange for cash to support his family. Seemingly destined for excellence, Lip’s behavior is dysfunctional, much like most of the other members of his family. He drinks copiously, engages in risky hook-ups, and distances himself from those who truly love him.