David Threlfall: No one knows I was Frank Gallagher after haircut

David Threlfall's overjoyed that losing Frank Gallagher's shaggy shoulder-length hair means he is no longer recognised on the street.

David bowed out as layabout Frank after a decade when Shameless ended earlier this year and changed the trademark hairdo to a more reserved, greying crop for his new role as mild-mannered, soon-to-be-retired detective Len Harper in BBC1 crime drama What Remains, which starts this Sunday.

"There has been absolutely zero recognition since I changed, which is fantastic," David tells TV & Satellite Week. "I wrapped Shameless on Saturday and was in the hairdressers on Sunday to start What Remains on Monday, so it is perhaps a good way to put one role down and pick another one up.

"Len is a decent, quiet man who cares about the people that are around him, so he is completely the other side to Frank which I was delighted about.  I have only played a copper once before so it is a different headset from what I have been used to, but I have always tried to keep a bit of variety about what I do workwise, I just happen to have been in a job that ran for 10 years."

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Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.