In a Facebook post shared on 30 August, award-winning actress Emmy Rossum confirmed that she would be leaving Showtime’s Golden Globe-nominated hit series Shameless.

After the nine seasons, Rossum – who played Fiona Gallagher – bid her fellow cast members, such as William H Macy, who plays alcoholic father Frank Gallagher, farewell, but was confident that they would continue with the show’s story.

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She said: “I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”

This means that the Phantom of the Opera actress will not make an appearance in the 10th season of the series as the character she described as “layered and dynamic … fierce, flawed and sexually liberated,” and anchor in the Chicago-based working-class family.

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“See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child. I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real. We’ve watched the kids grow up into the strong, talented, independent human beings that they are,” the 31-year-old said.

Rossum has directed a number of episodes on the show, which was originally adapted from its British namesake, and developed by John Wells.

Season 9 of Shameless will premiere on 9 September.