|Phillip "Lip" Gallagher|
|Portrayed By||Jody Latham|
|Series||1 - 4, 5, 11|
Ian Gallagher (half)
Delia Gallagher (half)
Nigel Gallagher (half)
Phillip "Lip" Gallagher (born 1988) is the eldest son and second child of Frank and Monica Gallagher. His parents delayed his birth registration for over a year; he discovered this on his 18th (actually 19th) birthday in Series 4. His nickname, according to his father, is due to him being "a bit of a gobshite." He has a young daughter named Katie Gallagher whom he conceived at the age of 16. During Series 5, he moved away from the estate to attend university in Nottingham and now works as an architect in London. He is married to Mandy Maguire
During the first series, Lip is in a relationship with schoolmate Karen Jackson. He gets Karen to give half-brother Ian fellatio under the table in her house, to see whether Ian is truly homosexual or not. This ends up ripping the Jackson household apart when father Eddie catches her in the act. Lip narrowly escapes with a sprained foot after jumping out of a second-floor window to get away from an enraged Eddie who then leaves his family.
Karen ultimately begins having an affair with Lip's own father Frank, losing interest in Lip and eventually dumping him for Frank. Lip is left distraught and heartbroken, but after working out that Frank has been sleeping with her, he savagely beats his father to a pulp in the middle of the street, in front of a shocked crowd. After the dust settles, Frank swallows his pride and delivers a heartfelt apology to his son. Lip urinates over Frank from his bedroom window in responsDuring Series 2, Lip starts having sex with Mandy Maguire in order to fool people into thinking Ian is a heterosexual and to lend credence to Mandy and Ian's "relationship". Lip then ends up being framed for robbing Sheila Jackson's friend Lena by a bent policeman. After his family get him out scot-free, he begins an unlikely casual relationship with Lena, a housewife who appears to be at least 15 years his senior.
Lip eventually begins to lose interest in the sex with Mandy, but then Mandy announces that she's pregnant with his child and is unable to abort due to her family's Catholic beliefs. For a time, the Maguires celebrate Ian becoming a father and even push him into getting engaged. Lip cannot take it anymore and announces the truth at the engagement party, earning not only a severe beating from Paddy Maguire and his sons, but also respect from Mandy and Ian. He goes on to suffer more beatings at the hands of Paddy and his sons before finally being allowed to spend time with his daughter.
Throughout Series 3 in his sixth form years, he goes on to casually date and seduce hordes of college girls, but all the while choosing to remain as close as possible to his daughter, Katie Maguire. Eventually, he begins to develop feelings for Mandy, a yearning for a family and a desire to not be like his father. He enters a serious relationship with Mandy and becomes slowly and reluctantly ingratiated into the Maguire household.
Lip is not afraid of his father-in-law Paddy like most people are, often standing against him and refusing to be intimidated by him. He also refuses the offer of a job from Paddy in the Maguire's criminal activity, despite being unemployed, preferring to support Katie by his own, honest means. Mandy is shown to admire his tenacity and sometimes even chooses his side over her father's.
He is highly intelligent and previously charged schoolmates money to complete their homework as an earner on the side. Lip is also the only Gallagher sibling known to get into higher education, though he may have since been followed in that achievement by his younger brother, Liam, who is also extremely intelligent. Upon completing his A-levels, he is offered a place at the University of Nottingham in the last episode of Series 4, which he is reluctant to decide on due to his budding family life with Mandy. After a row with Mandy about Paddy secretly subbing her money to support Katie, he eventually takes up the offer and moves away to Nottingham with the full blessing of his family. He does remain in a tentative, "open" relationship with Mandy.
In the first episode of Series 5, he returns to the Chatsworth Estate for the holidays after his first semester, and goes to work at The Jockey with Ian. However, his secret university girlfriend, Alex, follows him to Manchester and causes an explosive, emotional conflict between himself, Alex and Mandy. After a fight between Mandy and Alex spirals into an out-of-control pub riot, a bruised Mandy formally dumps Lip, telling him that while she loves him deeply, she cannot continue to be in a relationship with him. Lip is devastated by her decision and tearfully pleads with Mandy to reconsider, offering to drop out of university and move back to be with her and Katie. he moved back in and a couple months later he proposed to Mandy she said yes . In the series final they got married and are happily in love.
Lip returned in Episode 118, along with daughter Katie, now nine years old. Lip has returned to Manchester sometime in the recent past. His marriage, earlier mentioned by Mimi in Episode 710, now seems to have ended, though there was no mention of it. When Frank unexpectantly meets him again, it appears that Lip was forced to move back to Manchester to accept a job as an assistant surveyor with the local council, due to some limited vacancies in his profession down south. Now a single-parent, Lip feels like he's struggling with his daughter, Katie, who appears to be "going through a phase" as a tomboy.
When Lip and Katie met Frank again for the first time in years, it was revealed that Lip explained his father's presence in Katie's life was due to him being kidnapped by the Taliban while serving as a caterer in the armed forces in Afghanistan. Lip stated that even in the ridiclous fiction he created, Frank still sounded like a loser. Frank got Katie and Lip to come over to his house for dinner. Lip reluctantly brought Katie to his childhood home in Chatsworth, which he avoided visiting for years. There, Lip would meet his youngest sister, Stella, for the first time, as she was born nearly a year after he last visited Chatsworth. Reluctant to spend time in his father's company, Lip goes to "stretch his legs", but end up going to the Jockey to meet up with his former girlfriend, Karen. While Katie would bond with Frank and her much younger aunt, Stella.
Staying longer than he initially intended, Lip spent the weekend at his father's home, and got acquianted with Billy Tutton and Aidan Croker, whom he fooled around with in the streets, and would jokingly photograph a young boy, which incited the boy's father to angrily chase Lip, Billy and Aidan through the estate. Lip is later found by the boy's father, whom proceeds to assault Lip, who is rescued by Jamie Maguire. Lip realises that his lack of success after leaving home has much to do with his fear of turning out like Frank, and could be affecting his relationship with his daughter.
By the end of the episode, Lip and Katie go to the local church, where Katie is due to go through Communion. The Maguires are in attendance with her. Despite being extended an invitation to attend, Frank does not attend.
Lip returns to the estate again along with his brother Carl and sister Fiona after Monica calls them, asking them to attend the funeral of the aborted baby, although Lip and Carl initially believe that one of their brothers has died, and are not happy when they find out the truth. However they meet their new brother, Ben.
To Carl's annoyance, Lip is unable to take the "funeral" of the aborted baby seriously.
Fiona asks Lip to help her take Stella and Ben away from Frank and Monica, and gives him money to distract everyone at the pub while she prepares to leave with the children, pretending to offer to babysit them to cover up her plans. At the Jockey, Lip reveals the truth about Fiona's plans to Carl, which leads to a disagreement and fight between the two brothers, and leads to Monica and Frank finding out about Fiona's plan.
Kev later meets Lip and Carl after Stella and Ben leave Kev's flat while he was looking after them for Fiona, with both Lip and Carl looking for the children together.
At the Gallagher house, after Frank has returned with both Stella and Ben, Lip breaks up an argument with Fiona and their parents by mentioning the achievements and current activities of the Gallagher children, including Debbie, Liam and Ian, mentioning that they have all turned out alright.
He is at the Jockey with the rest of the family at the end of the episode dancing and celebrating with everyone else.
- Lip would have been in his late twenties as of Series 11.
- As Lip was born in 1988, as was indicated in Episode 206, Lip should be twenty-five. He was between 17 and 18 when Katie Gallagher was born. Katie is nine as of Series 11, which confusingly, indicates that her father may be twenty-six.
- In Episode 11.8, Frank accused his eldest son of wetting the bed and believing in the existence ofthe tooth-fairy until he was eleven years old.