Cameron Monaghan

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Cameron Monaghan
Cameron Monaghan.jpg
Monaghan at a press event in 2014
Born Cameron Riley Monaghan
(1993-08-16) August 16, 1993 (age 23)
Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Actor
  • model
Years active 2002–present
Height 6' 0" (1.82 m)

Cameron Riley Monaghan (born August 16, 1993) is an American actor and model. Beginning with his professional career as a child model at the age of three, and child actor at the age of seven, Monaghan is perhaps best known for his role as Ian Gallagher on the Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. He has also appeared as Kevin O'Doyle in Click (2006), Corey Doyle in Prom (2011), Mason Ashford in Vampire Academy (2014), Asher in The Giver (2014), and as Jerome Valeska in the Fox crime series Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Monaghan was born in Santa Monica, California, the only child of Diane Monaghan, an insurance claims specialist, and single mother. He and his mother relocated to Boca Raton, Florida shortly after his birth. Recognizing that Monaghan was an exceptionally outgoing child, his mother sent his picture to modeling agencies when he was three. He appeared on the cover of his first catalogue at the age of five and appeared in his first regional commercial at the age of seven.[1][2]

He attended Addison Mizner Elementary School and began to develop his acting skills by appearing in the Little Palm Children's Theatre's productions of Stuart Little, Winnie-the-Pooh, and The Pumpkin King (a theatrical adaptation of The Nightmare Before Christmas), as well as appearing as Alex in the small independent film The Wishing Stone, which was filmed in the Lake Worth, Florida area.[1][2]


Early career[edit]

Monaghan first came to national attention in 2003 for his role as Winthrop Paroo opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick in the ABC television adaptation of The Music Man. When recounting the decision to cast the 9-year-old Monaghan, director and executive-producer Jeff Bleckner explained, "There are some people, when you put them up on film, they sort of pop off the screen at you. That's how it was with Cameron. From the second we saw him, he was it. We were looking for anybody who had that wonderful appeal. And Cameron had it."[1]

In 2004, Monaghan began a recurring role as Chad, one of Dewey's special needs classmates on the Fox comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, which earned him the Young Artist Award as Best Young Television Actor in a Recurring Role.[3] The following year, he began a recurring role as Palmer Noid on the Nickelodeon situation comedy Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Subsequent guest-starring television roles followed, including appearances on Criminal Minds, Numb3rs, The Mentalist, Monk, Three Rivers, Fringe, The Glades, and Terriers.[4]

In 2005, Monaghan transitioned to theatrical film roles, appearing as Timmy in the independent western Brothers in Arms. The following year, he appeared as Kevin O'Doyle, the bothersome next-door neighbor to Adam Sandler in the fantasy comedy Click. A series of subsequent feature film roles followed, including appearances in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Dog Gone, Safe Harbor and Another Harvest Moon, as well as portraying the boy detective Bob Andrews in the Three Investigators film series.[4]


In April 2010, Monaghan was cast as a principal ensemble cast member on the Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless.[5] On the series, which premiered in January 2011, Monaghan portrays Ian Gallagher, the gay teenage son of a large dysfunctional Chicago family. Sarah Hughes of The Independent commended Monaghan's portrayal for providing "one of the more nuanced depictions of a gay teenager to be seen on US TV."[6] Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe described Monaghan's performance as "extraordinary."[7] And the gay-interest media outlet cited Monaghan's portrayal of Ian in naming him to its list of "2011's Break-Out TV Actors".[8] In February 2014, Showtime announced it had renewed the series for a fifth season, scheduled to begin airing in 2015.[9]

Adult career[edit]

Concurrent with his role on Shameless, Monaghan has continued to appear in a variety of episodic television roles. In 2011, he guest-starred as Nick Peyton, a teenage boy accused of murdering his Marine father, on the CBS crime series NCIS. That same year he appeared as Jonathan McKenna on the TNT mystery series Rizzoli & Isles. In 2012, he guest-starred as Eddie Sandow, a 19-year-old who creates a hostage situation after his father is accused of sexual assault, on the NBC crime series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[4]

In addition to his television credits, Monaghan has continued to appear in a variety of feature film roles. In 2011, he co-starred as high school sophomore Corey Doyle in the Disney teen drama Prom. In 2012, he portrayed Jake, the son of an attractive YMCA director in the sports themed comedy 2nd Serve. In 2014, Monaghan starred as Adam McCormick, a small-town high school athlete who becomes consumed by the death of one of his classmates in the independent drama Jamie Marks Is Dead. That same year, he appeared as Mason Ashford, the best friend and romantic interest to Rose in the fantasy adventure film Vampire Academy.[4][10][11] He also starred as Asher in the dystopian movie The Giver, alongside Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. In 2015, he appeared in Gotham as Jerome Valeska.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2014, Monaghan lives in the Los Angeles area where he has resided since he was approximately ten years old. When questioned about his childhood roots in Southern Florida, Monaghan explained "Most of my family doesn’t live there anymore [...] I have a couple of relatives that live in Northern Florida. My hometown is much more south, so there’s no real reason to be going back there anymore."[11][12]

He has expressed an interest in music and plays guitar, drums, harmonica, and ukulele, and taught himself to play keyboard. His athletic interests include boxing, bicycling, running, snowboarding and skiing. He is a former student of kickboxing, Taekwondo, and XMA (Extreme Martial Arts).[11][12][13]

When questioned about his sexual orientation, Monaghan has self-identified as heterosexual.[13][14][15] In February 2013, responding to inquiries regarding his sexuality on Twitter, Monaghan tweeted, "This is the only time I will answer this here: No, I'm not gay. Yes, I play a gay character. No, the question should not be relevant." Adding, "Thanks for the kind words, everyone. It feels a bit odd to 'come out' as a straight guy."[14][15][16]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Wishing Stone Alex
2005 Brothers in Arms Timmy
2005 Desperate Hippies Zach Short
2006 Click Kevin O'Doyle
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Traffic Cop #1
2007 The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island Bob Andrews
2008 Dream Machine Stanley Short
2008 Dog Gone Dexter
2008 Disarmed Justin Short
2009 Safe Harbor Larry Parker
2009 Running Ryan Short
2009 The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle Bob Andrews
2010 Another Harvest Moon Jack
2010 Two Boys Son Short
2010 Bad Bunny Jack Short
2011 Prom Corey Doyle
2012 2nd Serve Jake
2014 Jamie Marks Is Dead Adam McCormick
2014 Vampire Academy Mason Ashford Secundary
2014 The Giver Asher Regular
2014 Mall Jeff
2016 Wake Cancelled
2017 Amityville: The Awakening James


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Music Man Winthrop Paroo Television film
2005 The Adventures of Tango McNorton: Licensed Hero Tango McNorton Short
2004–2005 Malcolm in the Middle Chad 6 episodes
2005 Threshold Josh Foster Episode "Blood of the Children"
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Poi & Ping Episode "The Fortuneteller" (voice)
2005–2006 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Palmer Noid 3 episodes
2006 Criminal Minds Jeffrey Charles Episode "The Boogeyman" (Season 2 Episode 6)
2007 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Andy Episode "Flip-Flopped"
2009 Numb3rs Todd Episode "Jacked" (season 5 episode 12)
2009 James Gunn's PG Porn Young Boy 1 Web episode "Helpful Bus"
2009 The Mentalist Elliot Episode "Blood Brothers" (season 1 episode 22)
2009 Safe Harbor Larry Parker Television film
2009 Monk Danny Cooper Episode "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show" (Season 8 Episode 1)
2009 Three Rivers Auden Drinkwater Episode "Place of Life" (Season 1 Episode 1)
2009 Fringe Tyler Carson Episode "Of Human Action"
2010 The Glades Shane Conners Episode "Marriage is Murder"
2010 Terriers Cody Grice Episode "Pimp Daddy"
2011–present Shameless Ian Gallagher Regular/Main Cast; 72 episodes
2011 NCIS Nick Peyton Episode "Out of the Frying Pan" (season 8 episode 18)
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Jonathan McKenna Episode "Don't Hate the Player"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eddie Sandow Episode "Father's Shadow" (season 13 episode 13)
2015–present Gotham Jerome Valeska 4 episodes
2016 Mercy Street Tom Fairfax Regular; 5 episodes


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special
Supporting Young Actor
Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man Nominated [17]
2005 Best Performance in a Television Series
Recurring Young Actor
Chad in Malcolm in the Middle Won [3]
2006 Best Performance in a Television Series
Guest Starring Young Actor
Palmer Noid in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Nominated [18]
2012 Best Performance in a Television Series
Guest Starring Young Actor 18-21
Jonathan McKenna in Rizzoli & Isles Nominated [19]
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Ian Gallagher in Shameless Nominated [20]


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  2. ^ a b Kernicky, Kathleen (December 31, 2003). "Auld Acquaintances - Stardom Beckons". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "26th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Cameron Monaghan Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (April 8, 2010). "Showtime makes a 'Shameless' pickup". HitFix. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hughes, Sarah (January 10, 2011). "Meet the new Gallaghers". The Independent. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (January 7, 2011). "All of a dysfunctional family". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ Reker, Art (December 22, 2011). "The Year In Television: 2011′s Break-Out TV Actors". Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Showtime Renews Shameless And House of Lies". Seat42F. February 18, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
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  11. ^ a b c Davis, Michele (February 19, 2014). "This is Me: Cameron Monaghan". Zooey Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Yehuda, Anna Ben (March 13, 2014). "Q&A: Cameron Monaghan on 'Shameless;' Jamming with Jeff Bridges". Los Angeles Confidential. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Berk, Brett (January 7, 2011). "Shameless' Gay Teen Cameron Monaghan is the Anti-Kurt Hummel". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Monaghan, Cameron (February 26, 2013). "This is the only time I will answer this here". Twitter. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Monaghan, Cameron (February 26, 2013). "Thanks for the kind words, everyone.". Twitter. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ Andy Towle (February 27, 2013). "'Shameless' Actor Cameron Monaghan: "I'm Not Gay…It Feels a Bit Odd to 'Come Out' As a Straight Guy". Towleroad. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
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  18. ^ "27th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  20. ^ Wade Rouse (May 6, 2015). "HBO and FX Lead 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominations". People Magazine. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 

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