Shameless actor David Threlfall looks unrecognisable in new ITV series

Gemma Thomas
Gemma Thomas
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David Threlfall known for playing the role of Frank Gallagher, the hapless dad, in Channel 4’s hit sitcom drama “Shameless” from 2004 to 2013 is unrecognisable in new role.

David Threlfall, famous for playing Frank Gallagher in “Shameless”, sports a new look in ITV’s “Passenger”. In “Shameless”, David played the unkempt dad, often with a drink and cigarette in hand. This lovable troublemaker entertained audiences from 2004 to 2013.

A New role and a New look

Now, David flaunts long white hair and a wiry beard in his latest role. “Passenger”, set in the made-up town of Chadder Vale, showcases new images. The drama includes stars like Wunmi Mosaku from “Loki” and Rowan Robinson of “So Awkward”. Furthermore, Shameless alumni Sean Gilder, Jo Hartley, and Corrie’s Debbie Rush join the cast.

David Threlfall as the feckless Frank Gallagher in the hit series Shameless

Northern Sister, which previously worked on “Chernobyl”, produces the six-part series. Andrew Buchan, a star from “Broadchurch”, pens this series. “Passenger” delves into a community avoiding change and outsiders. Riya Ajunwa, played by Mosaku, is a former officer waiting for her next big case. Her moment seems to arrive when Katie Wells (Robinson) disappears. Although Katie is found safe, Riya believes something’s amiss.

Passenger premiers on ITVX and Britbox in 2024

The series description says, “Strange events and crimes unravel in the town. Residents blame outsiders, especially the fracking site and manager Jim Bracknell (Threlfall). But as oddities grow, they reject Riya’s belief that something’s wrong. Yet, what’s their real fear?” Viewers will learn more when “Passenger” premieres on ITVX and Britbox in 2024.

David Threlfall looks unrecognisable as James Bracknell in new ITV drama

Outside of television, David showcases his versatility in stage and film. He’s acted in “Oedipis”, “Macbeth”, and “Don Quixote”. Film credits include “Hot Fuzz”, “Master and Commander”, and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”. Notably, David depicted comedian Tommy Cooper in “Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This” and appeared in “Nowhere Boy”.

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