A BANKRUPTCY order has been confirmed over a tax bill owed by Shameless actor Jody Latham to HM Revenue and Customs.

The Burnley-born star was made bankrupt on the orders of the Official Receiver after a petition was first filed on August 20 last year.

The order was confirmed during a brief High Court hearing on January 28, and has now been officially published in the London Gazette.

Jody, who has formerly lived in Colne and Bacup, but now gives an address in city centre Salford, told a court two years ago he was on the brink of ban-kruptcy.

He was cont- esting a motoring conviction at Bolton after he was convicted of driving on hatched markings, at Simister Island.

His rollercoaster career, which began with his role as Lip Gallagher in the Channel 4 drama, and cont-inued with a starring turn in ITV’s The Fixer, has also involved a video shoot with N’Dubz Tulisa, followed by a brief romance and a role in EastEnders.

Away from the cameras, he briefly ran Jacks bar, in the former Victoria Hotel, in Barrowford, and was involved in a clothing store and salon in Market Street, Bacup.

But he also narrowly avoided jail, and wept in the dock, at Burnley Crown Court as he was given a suspended sentence for producing cannabis.

Later his lawyers, at a proceeds of crime hearing, argued he had ‘no realisable assets’, and he was ord-ered to repay a nominal £1, as the result of his drugs conviction.

Jody, who made a return to his most recognised role for the grand finale of Shameless, and was also a contestant in Channel 5’s Celebrity Super Spa, has appeared in his sec-ond feature film, Celluloid, a gay psycho-drama.

He is working on a Manchester film in production, A Dark Fairytail.