Though Shanola Hampton has had a long career in film, it was her role as the fun, kinky, and delightful “V” on “Shameless” which brought her into the limelight and our attention. That being said, Hampton has had roles in Scrubs and more significantly “Miami Medical”.
Growing up as a pastor’s daughter who had a love for singing gospel, in the early 2000s Hampton dedicated herself to becoming an actress. Interesting fact, during Season 4, Hampton was pregnant and the ultrasound onscreen is a real ultrasound of Hampton’s child. In 2000, Hampton married producer Daren Dukes and they have two children.
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.
Everyone would love a neighbor and a friend like Veronica, or, as she is more commonly called — “V”. If you could summarize her personality in three words, you could say she is adventurous, fun, and brainy. She is not only Fiona’s best friend but also a fixed companion to the Gallagher troop, often at the expense of her significant other, Kev.
While her brightness never seems to dim, she goes through darker periods. V always comes up with a solution, even one that might make your jaw drop, like convincing her then-husband Kevin to use her mother as a surrogate.
Kevin “Kev” Ball
His love for his significant other “V” often entails the entire contents of Kev’s house being loaned out to the Gallagher family. Obviously, this is not an easy task. Though he tries to hold onto everything from his toaster to his car to his landline phone, V as a trusted friend of the Gallaghers keeps bringing them back.
Despite this constant win-lose, Kev has a good and positive friendship with the family. He keeps refilling Frank’s drinks at the Alibi. With hard work, loyalty, and commitment, Kev and V has a loving family and he becomes the owner of the Alibi.
Steve Howey (aka Kevin Ball)
This actor’s career has only gone from strength to strength since his debut in the late 1990s. It was not “Shameless” that put him on the map, but rather the sitcom “Reba,” starred and created by country music legend Reba McEntire.
After the “Shameless” finale, the actor has only added more big roles to his credentials like playing a navy seal in the CBS show “Seal Team”. Up until 2021, Howey was married to former model Sarah Shahi. The pair got divorced but are co-parents to three children. Before his appearance on TV, Howey was on a basketball scholarship in Colorado.