Recently, Showtime has done so well scoring series nominations for its top shows (“Nurse Jackie,” “Dexter,” “Weeds”) that Emmy-watchers wonder: Is “Shameless” next? The original British version was an awards champ: It won Best Drama Series at the BAFTA Awards in 2005 and the star who portrayed the family’s oldest daughter, Fionna (Anne-Marie Duff), was a two-time nominee.
As Fiona in the American edition of “Shameless,” Emmy Rossum is a serious Best Drama Actress Emmys contender for portraying a woman who tries valiantly to pull together a wildly dysfunctional family presided over by a slap-happy drunken poppa (William H. Macy).
USA Today says Rossum “single-handedly gives the show a reason for being and viewers a possible reason for returning.” With her mother abandoning the clan and her father’s alcoholism, Fiona, is the de-facto head of the troubled household. Rossum loves doing the role because it gives her “the opportunity to be raw,” she tells Gold Derby. “This fierce love for this family she has is really really beautiful for me.”