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David Threlfall (born 12 October 1953) is an English stage, film and television actor and director. He plays Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's series Shameless. He has also directed several episodes of the show. In April 2014, he portrayed comedian Tommy Cooper in a television film entitled Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. In 2014, he starred alongside Jude Law in the thriller Black Sea.
Threlfall has been married to Bosnian actress Brana Bajic since 1995. They met in 1994, whilst working on The Count of Monte Cristo at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
David has said that despite his Shameless character being a chain smoker, in real life he is a non-smoker who has a dislike for nicotine.