Photo: Cameron Monaghan
Biography of Cameron Monaghan
Cameron Monaghan is a versatile American actor who became famous after participating in the series Gotham and Shameless. A characteristic feature of this young actor is red hair and the ability to transform: gay, psychopath or just a cheerful handsome man – he will play anyone with the utmost professionalism and charm.
Cameron Monaghan is not only “the redhead from” Shameless “”
Cameron Monaghan’s childhood
Cameron was born in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in an incomplete family – his mother, a 28-year-old Irish woman with Polish roots named Diana, gave birth to him, as they say, “for herself.” Kam’s father did not take any part in his son’s life.
Little Cameron Monaghan
Shortly after Kam’s birth, the family moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Diana had to work hard to provide Cameron with everything he needed for a happy childhood. They lived more than modestly, rented a small house, little Kam went to kindergarten, and his mother spent all her time at work.
A poor life did not prevent the boy from growing up as a smart and active child. He always dreamed of becoming an actor, loved to watch films and imagine himself in different images. As Cameron himself admitted, he even learned to read by titles. In the end, he confessed to his mother that the dream of his life was acting. Then she noticed that her charming red-haired boy had every chance of success, hired a photographer and sent the resulting pictures to advertising agencies. That is how in 1998 his photo graced the cover of a glossy magazine, and two years later the boy starred in the first advertisement in his life.
Cameron Monaghan’s Mom Helped Start His Career
Acting career of Cameron Monaghan
And already in 2002, 9-year-old Cameron Monaghan received his first professional experience on the set of the good family film The Wishing Stone. Alas, the film was never released. The next film with the participation of the boy, “Music Man”, also remained little noticed. His character was somewhat similar to Cameron – a boy who did not know his father. The entire film crew knew about this, and the director of the project, Matthew Broderick, was especially imbued with his personal drama and took the boy under his wing.
Baby photos of Cameron Monaghan
So 2002 became a fateful year for Monahan – on the advice of Broderick, he moved to Los Angeles to participate in the casting of the series “Family Affair”. They didn’t give him the role, but they nevertheless noted the cheerful red-haired kid and invited him to the series Malcolm in the Middle. He got the role of Chad – a skeptical boy, a friend of the protagonist. In the future, Cameron played in six episodes of the series and even received the Young Actor Award from the Young Artists Foundation.
Shot from the series “Malcolm in the Middle”
The following years, Kam successfully combined shooting with the life of an ordinary inquisitive child. I must say that Diana Monahan always considered her son an insanely talented child, so the boy attended a school for gifted children. Studying, drama school, playing football – what this young talent did not do, directing his seething energy in the right direction. His filmography was replenished with several more projects, among which was the popular TV series Criminal Minds (Season 2, Episode 6). And free minutes mother and son spent together, they especially liked to go to the cinema or theater.
The best roles of Cameron Monaghan: “Shameless” and other projects
Cameron gained wild popularity in 2011, after the release of the Shameless TV series, where he got the role of an “unusual teenager”.
“Shameless”: Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher
The project, although it was a remake of the British series, unconditionally beat all the ratings of its prototype. The synopsis of this wildly popular multi-part tragicomedy is as follows: the large Gallagher family lives on the verge of poverty, the father (William Macy) drinks heavily and does not appear at home, the mentally ill mother of the family has run away from home for several years, and all responsibility for the six Gallagher children lies on the shoulders 20-year-old Fiona (Emmy Rossum). And although this insane cell of society manages to constantly get into seemingly insoluble situations, they always find a way out of problems with their inherent dark humor and true family cohesion.
The Crazy Gallagher Family
Cameron Monaghan got the role of Ian Gallagher, the third oldest child in the family. He is a charming, reasonable guy, although he hides the truth from his relatives that he is gay.
Ian Gallagher is gay, Cameron Monaghan is not
Before the next landmark project, he managed to star in the comedy Graduation Party, the mystical drama Jamie Marks is Dead, the youth film Vampire Academy (which, by the way, starred Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky), as well as in the dystopia The Initiate.
Frame from the dystopia “Initiate”
In 2014, he was offered to play the maniac Jerome Valeska (Joker) in the TV series Gotham. In the role of an abnormal killer, Monahan looked very organic. As Cameron himself admitted: “I rehearsed Jerome’s laugh for months.”
In addition to working on the new seasons of Gotham and Shameless, in 2016 Cameron Monaghan was busy filming Mercy Street and Son of Zorn. The first project is a historical drama about the times of the civil war, the second is a black comedy about the adventures of the barbarian Zorn in modern society.
Cameron Monaghan on the set of Shameless Season 7
Personal life of Cameron Monaghan
Once online, one subscriber asked Cameron if he was actually gay, the guy answered unequivocally: “I may play gay, but I am heterosexual, and on this I ask you to close this topic.” Noel Fisher, who played his boyfriend, Mickey Milkovich, says the same.
The young actor carefully hides his personal life from strangers. In 2012, he dated young actress Liana Liberato, known for the films If I Stay and The Best of Me. But already in 2013, the actor was increasingly noticed in the company of the long-legged English model Sadie Newman. Everyone thought that it was going to the wedding, but in the fall of 2015 the couple broke up. It is still unknown who Cameron Monaghan’s new girlfriend is and whether she even exists.
Cameron Monaghan and his ex-girlfriend Sadie Newman (center)
In her free time, she likes to play music, play the guitar, drums or harmonica. By the way, he learned to play the keyboard instruments on his own. Every winter, he and his friends take a couple of days off to go snowboarding. As Cameron admits, he prefers motorcycles to cars. Instead of hitting the gym, he’d rather box or run.
Cameron Monaghan in childhood and now
Cameron Monaghan now
Cameron is busy filming Love Daily, a series about finding love. Season 1 started in 2018, but the creators are already announcing a possible continuation of the story. It is also known that Cameron Monaghan was one of the key actors in the feature film Anna Dressed in Blood, an adaptation of the book by Kandari Blake. The film was produced by Stephenie Meyer.