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This page is about the US incarnation of Fiona Gallagher, for the UK version see Fiona Gallagher.

Fiona Gallagher
FionaUS
Age 23 (Season 4)
Gender Female
Portrayed By Emmy Rossum
Season 1 - Present
Partners Steve Lishman
Tony Markovich
Mike Pratt
Robbie Pratt
Parents Frank Gallagher
Monica
Siblings Lip
Ian (half)
Debbie
Carl
Liam
Sammi (half)
Sexual Orientation Heterosexual

Fiona Gallagher is in the difficult position of being the oldest Gallagher child, so most of the responsibility and child-rearing falls on her young shoulders. This blossoming young woman takes it all in stride — she's clearly been doing it for a long time. She works a few dead-end, minimum wage jobs to bring in money and enjoys going out dancing with her girlfriend, Veronica. But she does suffer from insecurity and feeling less-than adequate when it comes to men, especially when cute, privileged Steve starts showing interest.

During season 2, Fiona was running a daycare to raise money for something called a "squirrel fund". She also found a purse on the L train she was riding in and found about 500 bucks. She looks around at first and doesn't lose sight of her goal, and simply call a guy to get her out of her troubles.  When the train stopped at a station just as a man was about to leave, he warned Fiona about leaving the purse unattended, unaware that the purse belongs to someone else. She treated her family to a buffet of food with the money she found and called Kim, the owner of the purse. Lip tells Fiona "no reward, no purse". She went and gave her back the purse and Kim was going to give some money to Fiona as a reward, but Fiona refused. Kim insisted, but found no money. Fiona claimed that she found no money and felt guilty after she heard of the woman's situation and that she had children. She told Kim that she had to work and left. Kim was delighted that Fiona was a good person for returning the purse because most people would not return anything. Fiona came back later to give her the money to compensate Kim, but when she arrived Kim was upset and that she accused Fiona of taking the money, which she did. The two argue and Fiona left. Around this time she dated a guy name Craig. He was married and his wife Lucy Joe Heisner confronted Fiona while carrying her daughter in a pouch. She chased Fiona through the house and then into the streets. Some time later in the episode, Fiona and Debbie were shopping when a vehicle drives by and Lucy sticks her torso out of the vehicle and throws a chocolate drink at Fiona yelling "slut". Debbie reacted by asking if she knew Craig was married. Fiona responds with saying "at least it's chocolate".

After a party Sheila threw for Karen, Debbie told Fiona that Steve's real name is Jimmy Lishman. Fiona wasn't sure whether to believe her at first but she decided to test the truth and meet Steve. She called him "Jimmy" to test his reaction and was hurt when she realized it was true and he had lied about himself.

Fiona is currently taking a job at a market store. She also begins to trust Jimmy. Eventually, she quites her job when Frank pulls a scheme to try and get a room in the house when his kids threw him out, she asked the day off. The manager however, wanted a blow job in exchange for the job the first time she asked for it, and was calling his employees for break, which is a discised as a blow job. She had enlist Veronica to wear a tit cam to exposed him. After the children are taken away, she takes the time to look for them after the manager didn't want to let her do so. Fiona finds them eventually after an attempted at the Services office. She then asked the worker who called, and the worker due to violation rule only told Fiona tha it was a man who called. The worker secretly let Fiona hear the tape. She found out it was Frank and is set to send him to court for a parential rights suit.

She fights for custody but desides to settle with becoming the legal Gaurdian of the children. Frank has been banned from the house according to Fiona. She finds a job and settles into it. Things are going smoothly until Jimmy desides he wants to go back to Medical school. Fiona gets a call on Jimmy's phone about a studio apartment in Michigan were Jimmy had decides to go back to to finish. Fiona gets upset, and the couple argues outside of Jimmy work site. Both went their seperate ways. The next moring Fiona tries to cope with what happen with her and Jimmy, and despite her frustration she gets everyone ready for camp. While there she tries to have sex with her boss, but stops. She later desides to give a call to Jimmy and leaves a message.

She continues to call Jimmy and leaves him messages. She starts a new sales department and things seem to be going well at her job. She is then given a note from the guy who followed Jimmy. She tries to find out more but the guy drives off and leaves. It is also revealed that she wished Frank was dead when she went to visit him in the hospital, since her childhood was horrible because of Frank's choices. Her biggest fears is that Frank doesn't care about his own kids. Despite this, she throws a graduation party for Lip. She leaves a final message for Jimmy as the snow starts to fall telling him "bye". She never calls him again.

In season 4, Fiona is arrested when Liam ingests cocaine at a house party and is hospitalized. She avoids more jail time and is put on probation, but after a wild night with Robbie and his friends, she violates probation and is put an a facility for ninety days. She is released after only a few days due to overcrowding and gets a job at a diner, thanks to her parole officer.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Emmy Rossum has said that playing Fiona has "brought out her ballsier side," and she can also relate to Fiona's need to take care of everyone. Emmy Rossum also likes that she doesn't have to be "all glam" on the show Shameless.
  • Emmy Rossum has also said "I love her fierce loyalty to her family. I love the extremities of the situations that this family is in and the outrageous stuff that they let us do. We're lucky enough to be on a network that encourages that. I loved the opportunity to work with Bill [William.H.Macy]. I love that the character shows such duality. She's so strong, but has this vulnerability underneath. I thought she was very much a modern woman."

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