Jody Latham

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Jody Latham
Born Jody Lee Latham
(1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 32)
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Television EastEnders (2011)
Waterloo Road (2013)
Shameless (2004-2013)
The Fixer (2008-2009)

Jody Lee Latham (born 1 January 1982) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Phillip "Lip" Gallagher in the British Channel 4 series Shameless, Calum McKenzie in the ITV series The Fixer, and Rob Grayson in the BBC Soap opera EastEnders.

Personal life[edit]

Latham was born on 1 January 1982. He attended Walton High School in Nelson but got kicked out.[1] Latham has a son, Jack, who was born in Latham's late teens. Jack's mother is Naomi.[1] He used to attend Burnley Youth Theatre, where his acting career started.

Latham was arrested for growing and supplying cannabis in the early hours of the morning of 14 May 2011 after police raided his home in Bacup, Lancashire.[2] He was also arrested for assault and possession of an illegal weapon.[3]

Career[edit]

Latham made his television debut in "The Cops" episode No. 1.7 (1998) as Grant and went on to appear, in 2000, as Nelson Catchpole in the series Big Meg, Little Meg. He then played Lee, one of the key characters in When I Was 12 in 2001. Latham has appeared in five BAFTA winning dramas: Clocking Off, The Cops, The Street, Shameless and EastEnders. Latham worked regularly in television before being cast as "Lip" Gallagher in Shameless, the second eldest of the Gallagher children. Lip is an intelligent and outspoken youth who is trying to escape from the Chatsworth estate in Stretford. He was 24 when he left the show. He took on other work between series, until he was written out of the show in 2008 to allow him to concentrate on other projects. He later returned to the role for the series finale in early 2013.

Other work[edit]

Latham played a leading role in the BBC drama Mr Harvey Lights a Candle, which was shown on Easter 2005. He also appeared in an episode of the BBC drama The Street, written by Jimmy McGovern, in April 2006.

In 2006 Latham filmed a short film, A Neutral Corner, about a young boxer arriving in a desolate town where he meets a dog, a stranger and a mysterious waitress.

In 2007 he appeared in Ruby Blue with Bob Hoskins - Latham's first film role.

Since leaving Shameless, he has starred in ITV1's The Fixer, playing the cheeky scally character Calum, and played a part in the music video Moonshine & Roses by International One.

Latham has also turned presenter - hosting the NME Awards aftershow party interviewing award winners. He also been the face and voice of numerous brands including Clearasil, Orange Mobile, Gio Goi and many more, including the BBC flagship station Radio 1.

He appears in the films Act of Grace (which he is also associate producing) and The Michael Gomez Story (filmed in 2007). In the latter he plays Michael Gomez, an Irish Traveller who turned professional boxer at 17.

Latham played guest lead in the hit Canadian show The Tudors along with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Latham was one of the celebrities to take part in the 2009 series of Hell's Kitchen on ITV 1.

In 2010 Latham played Matt on the radio series House on Fire which airs on BBC Radio 4. The first episode was broadcast on 7 January 2010. The radio show was such a success that it was repeated and recommisioned for a second series.

In 2011 Latham joined the cast of the BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing Rob Grayson, a pimp in a controversial sex exploitation storyline.[4]

In 2012 Latham was cast in Tulisa's music video for song 'Sight Of You'.

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