Shameless star Jody Latham is now a globe-trotting multi-millionaire with an £18m cosmetics empire

HIS Shameless character barely had two pennies to rub together – but Jody Latham is now presiding over a multi-million-pound business.

The 38-year-old actor, who played Philip 'Lip' Gallagher in the Channel 4 series, has a cosmetics empire he says is worth £18million.

He explained that he got into the beauty business when he met an extra who was doing Botox injections and decided to join the industry himself.

Jody, quoted in the Mirror, explained he wasn't splashing out too much on a lavish lifestyle despite his success.

He said: "I live in a two-bed flat and drive a modest car. I’m pumping everything back into the company.

“It’s valued at £18million. We’ll see where we are in a couple of years. I’ve had money before but not in my hands long enough."

However, he does have a flashy Audi R8 car and is seen on Instagram at events around the world, including the Monaco grand prix.

He explained: "After series one of Shameless, I went with my first wage of £21,000 and bought an Audi convertible. I didn’t even think of rent or food.”

Jody has stayed loyal to Manchester – where Shameless is set – and has become a devoted family man.

As well as appearing in Shameless, Jody had roles in EastEnders as evil pimp Rob Grayson and in Waterloo Road as Steve-O Malone.

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