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4 October 1984 |
Mossley, Greater Manchester, England
Gerard Kearns (born 4 October 1984) is an English actor. He has appeared in film and television. He played Ian Gallagher, one of the original characters in Channel 4's comedy drama Shameless, for six years.
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.
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.
Kearns also starred in the BBC drama Our World War, marking the centenary of the First World War.
From Mossley, near Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, he was educated in Oldham at St Augustine's Catholic School. He later studied at Ashton Sixth Form College in Ashton-under-Lyne. He is a supporter of Manchester City F.C.
|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"|
|2004||Heartbeat||Trevor Black||episode "Muck and Brass"|
|2004||Holby City||Russell Coulter||episode "Out of Control"|
|2016||Trespass Against Us||Lester|
|2009||Looking for Eric||Ryan|
|2007||The Mark of Cain||Mark 'Treacle' Tate|
|2006||The 10th Man||The 10th Man||Short|
- "Actor in clear over driver ID: 'Mr Kearns, originally from Mossley'", Oldham Evening Chronicle, 12 April 2011. Accessed 4 May 2017
- "From Shameless to Shakespeare: 'I’d no interest at all in Shakespeare at St Augustine’s school'", Manchester Evening News, 27 March 2014. Accessed 4 May 2017
- "Shameless - A day in the life: 'I’m a Man City fan and I play a big United supporter'", Manchester Evening News, 18 April 2010. Accessed 4 May 2017