Tina Malone has revealed she almost quit Shameless - before she found out the show was coming to an end.
The 50-year-old actress has played brash matriarch Mimi Maguire in the award-winning Channel 4 show since 2005. Shameless is about to air its 11th and final series, but Tina told The Daily Mirror how she had handed her notice in just weeks before the show announced it was coming to an end.
She said: "At the end the hours I was working were just horrendous. I was doing more than anyone, 12 hours a day, every day - I was more like crew than cast sometimes.
"I'd thought about it a long time but it took me three months to tell my producer because they're the best team I've ever worked with.
"Then they announced it was the last series and I thought, 'Oh great, that's p****d all over my leaving do'.
"But no, seriously, it's the right time. I'm glad we're going out on a high.
"Part of me feels really sad because it was an important show - unlike any drama that had gone before."
Tina - who has a 31-year-old daughter Danielle - is now preparing to have IVF treatment with her actor husband Paul Chase.