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.
Shanola Hampton (aka Veronica “V” Fisher)
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.
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.
Mikhailo "Mickey" Aleksandr Milkovich
Our first introduction to Mikhailo Aleksandr Milkovich or simply “Mickey” is as the neighborhood thug who wants to get even with Ian, for “coming onto his sister”. Always trying to be the tough guy and having spent time in juvenile detention, Mickey is in the closet.
But after having an intimate relationship with Ian Gallagher, the cracks start to show and it becomes harder and harder for him to deny his feelings for Ian. He tried, of course, but he failed, and all of us in the audience applauded his shy kiss and admission of true feelings for Ian in Season 3.
Noel Fisher (aka Mikhailo "Mickey" Aleksandr Milkovich)
With his baby face and ability to pull off a shy smile like no one's business, Noel Fisher is much older than he looks. The cool Canadian also has had much success in his profession. You may recognize him as Vladimir in the last “Twilight” installment in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” or Cael on FX’s “The Riches.”
Interestingly, Fisher’s performance was so convincing on “Shameless”, in 2014 he admitted to “Vanity Fair” that he was often asked whether he was gay in real life. In 2017, Fisher and the Afghan actress, Layla Alizada, tied the knot.