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Emmy Rossum plays Fiona in the US version of Shameless

Emmy Rossum has revealed she has been banned from watching the British version of Shameless, despite starring in the American adaptation.

The Phantom Of The Opera star plays oldest Gallagher sister Fiona in the US version, the part played by Ann Marie Duff in the award-winning comedy drama about a chaotic family on a Manchester council estate.

Emmy revealed: “I’ve never seen it. Paul Abbott, the creator, has asked that I not see it just so I take a fresh take on the story and the character.

“There’s a lot of pressure to live up to and also do something different than the British series because it is so great and has such a loyal fanbase that we’re not trying to copy – we’re just trying to do our own version of it. I think the stories will be somewhat similar – similar-ish.

“I play Fiona – she’s kind of the pseudo-mother of the brood. She is feisty and loyal and outspoken and I really dig her a lot. She’s awesome.”

The 24-year-old actress, who was speaking as she arrived at the CNN Heroes awards, said she was really enjoying the show’s British sense of humour.

She said: “I like how ballsy it is, how fresh and it’s got a lot of punk, rock and roll energy to it, so it should be good.

“Just getting to deal with the material is so fun and exciting and it’s raw, it’s challenging and I get to be funny, hopefully, which is fun.”

:: British viewers can see CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Friday November 26.

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