Aged 26, Cameron Monaghan has built up an impressive library of roles each with great performances. Since 2011, Monaghan has starred in one of his more recognisable roles as Ian Gallagher in the hit comedy-drama series Shameless presenting a deeply emotional and complex character that when combined with the rest of the cast, made the show such an enjoyable watch. Monaghan’s performance earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 Critics’ Choice TV Awards.
Monaghan clearly did his research on the role as the performances feel like a homage to previous people who have taken on the Joker role
Also, from 2014 to 2019, Cameron Monaghan played the Valeska twins in the Batman prequel series Gotham. From his first bone-chilling scene as the charismatic psychopath Jerome to the eerily calm and unhinged gangster Jeremiah and everything in-between, Monaghan gave a brilliant performance as one of the shows frequent antagonist. Monaghan clearly did his research on the role as the performances feel like a homage to previous people who have taken on the Joker role (Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger to name a few) by implementing aspects from all of them in his characters. For his role as the clown prince of crime, Monaghan has earned multiple nominations at the Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV: Villain before finally winning it this year for his performance in season 5. This performance alone shows that he has the potential to become one of the greats in Hollywood and I for one can’t wait to see what he does next. While unlikely to take his Joker performance to the big screen, thanks to Joaquin Phoenix, that doesn’t mean he has nothing to give to Hollywood and is sure to give a brilliant performance no matter the role he may be in.
While he is still working on Shameless season 10, Monaghan has also in the more recent year been lending his voice to other roles. Most prominent of which is probably the upcoming video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order set for release 15 November 2019 which is said to be one of the biggest releases of the year. His willingness to explore all forms of media with his acting shows that as media continues to change and potentially drift from film and Hollywood, Monaghan has the potential to become one of the most prominent actors of the future.