Gerard Kearns

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Gerard Kearns
Born (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 33)
Mossley, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Kearns (m. 2017)
Children Aiden James Kearns
James Aiden Kearns

Gerard Kearns (born 4 October 1984) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Ian Gallagher in Shameless and Trevor Black in Heartbeat .


He is best known for his role as Ian Gallagher in the Channel 4 television series Shameless. He first appeared in the role in 2004 and was one of the original characters. In April 2010, Kearns announced that he was quitting the role to pursue other projects.[1]

Kearns starred in the film The Mark of Cain, for Film4 Productions, based on British soldiers' abuse of Iraqi prisoners. It premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in February 2007.

He has also starred in the short films Grandad and The 10th Man[2] and has appeared in a number of TV shows such as The Commander starring Amanda Burton.

In 2007 he appeared in the videos for The View double A-side The Don and Skag Trendy.

In 2011 he also featured as a voice over for BBC's GCSE Bitesize Revision.

Kearns was cast in the second series of the BBC 1 daytime show Moving On. The episode "Trust", directed by Illy, tells the story of Kearns's character Jack, who is caught trying to burgle the house of elderly ex-boxer Eddie, played by Roy Marsden.

He has also made several appearances in The Accrington Pals, a play by Peter Whelan, portraying the character 'Ralph', a young volunteer officer during the First World War. He also starred opposite Matthew Kelly in the West End play Sign of the Times.[3]

Kearns also starred in the BBC drama Our World War, marking the centenary of the First World War.[4]

Personal life[edit]

From Mossley,[5] near Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, he was educated in Oldham at St Augustine's Catholic School.[6] He later studied at Ashton Sixth Form College in Ashton-under-Lyne. He is a supporter of Manchester City F.C.[7]

Kearns is married to Sarah Kearns since 30 December 2017. Together they have two sons; Aiden James Kearns and James Aiden Kearns.



Year Title Role Notes
2015-2017 The Last Kingdom Halig 5 episodes
2014 Our World War Chas Rowland episode "War Machine"
2014 The Smoke Little Al 8 episodes
2012 The Town Daniel 3 episodes
2011 Moving On Jack 1 episode
2004–2010 Shameless Ian Gallagher Main, 80 episodes
2009 Red Riding Leonard Cole episodes "1974" and "1983"
2007 The Commander Terry Donnolly episode "Windows of the Soul"
2007 Foyle's War Frank Morgan episode "Casualties of War"
2005 Doctors Revs episode "0–60"
2004 Heartbeat Trevor Black episode "Muck and Brass"
2004 Holby City Russell Coulter episode "Out of Control"


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Trespass Against Us Lester
2012 The Rise Charlie
2010 Honeymooner Fran
2009 Looking for Eric Ryan
2007 The Mark of Cain Mark 'Treacle' Tate
2006 The 10th Man The 10th Man Short
2005 Grandad Vincent Short


External links[edit]

Gerard Kearns on IMDb