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Shameless stars past and present have paid tribute to the show, marking its grand finale as it came to an end after 11 series.

The Channel 4 drama, starring David Threlfall as layabout Frank Gallagher, finished its nine-year run in a final send-off on Tuesday night, which featured the return of faces from the past. The Bafta-winning series bowed out with 1.3 million viewers.

Elliott Tittensor, who played Frank’s son Carl Gallagher, tweeted: “Shameless I love you, I could shed a tear! I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. The soundest cast & crew ever!”

The 23-year-old actor, who is dating actress Kaya Scodelario, thanked the show for introducing him to his girlfriend: “Plus if it wasn’t for Shameless I wouldn’t of met the love of my life @kScodders 🙂 for that I owe them everything. I miss you beautiful x”

Jody Latham, who reprised his role as Elliott’s screen brother Lip, wrote: “The End of an Era x”

Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede, who played Kirsty Soames on the ITV soap, wrote: “Caught the last ever #Shameless on +1. Congrats cast and crew on 11 years! An amazing feat. Take a bow @Rattersbatt! Now…Onwards! #exciting”

Shameless, which was created by Paul Abbott, premiered in January 2004 and soon became one of Channel 4’s longest-running dramas. It was named best drama series at the Bafta TV Awards and Best TV Comedy Drama at the British Comedy Awards in 2005.

Set on a fictional council estate in Manchester, the show also starred Dean Lennox Kelly, Tina Malone, Maxine Peake and Chris Bisson.

Anne-Marie Duff (Fiona McBride) – who met husband James McAvoy (Steve McBride) on the show – also returned for the finale.