Is Cameron Monaghan gay? See facts about Cal Kestis and Joker actor

How many people grew up watching movies and television, decide they want to become an actor, and eventually make their dream a reality? Probably a few, and Cameron Monaghan is among the minority.

He wanted to chase a career in acting ever since he was very young and got support from his loving mother, who put him through local theatre and commercials. From there, he went on to audition for movies and television roles.

He’s since gone on to become the star of the Showtime comedy-drama series “Shameless” and played the role of the twins Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska, who are part of the origins of the Joker, on the DC Comics-based TV series “Gotham”. Cameron is also involved in the action-adventure game “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”, where he starred as Cal Kestis.

The American actor and model particularly enjoy playing roles that are somewhat different from who he is naturally, and that’s one of the reasons he’s so appreciated.

10 interesting facts about Cameron Monaghan

  1. Cameron was an only child born on 16 August 1993 and raised by his single mother, Diane Monaghan, an insurance claims specialist.
  2. He quickly identified what he wanted to become at a very early age, and told his mum he wanted to be an actor.
  3. Cameron attended elementary school, but not high school nor prom, as he was homeschooled for his entire high school experience.
  4. He enjoys dancing, singing, playing the guitar as well as a few other things.
  5. Some of the special skills the actor possesses include horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics and guitar playing.
  6. He is not gay, but because he played the role of a gay teenager in the comedy series “Shameless”, many people think that he was one in real life.
  7. Cameron Monaghan once dated Peyton List, a co-star on the show “Shameless”, but the pair broke up in 2018.
  8. He’s never subscribed to the idea of a New Year’s Resolution, but rather, he tries to stay focused and does the best he can.
  9. Cameron Monaghan loves love puppies and has a couple of them. He also claims to love animals in general.
  10. He has an estimated net worth of over $5 million in 2021.

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Early life, family background, and education

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A young Cameron Riley Monaghan

The American actor and model was born Cameron Riley Monaghan on 16 August 1993 in Santa Monica, California, United States. He was an only child to a single parent, his mother, Diane Monaghan. She worked as an insurance claims specialist, and raised him all by herself. There are no details on who his father is, but his mother’s ancestry includes Polish and Irish.

Shortly after Cameron’s birth, Diane moved out of California and settled in Boca Raton, Florida. Cameron attended Addison Mizner Elementary School and was part of the school’s drama team. He was also homeschooled for his entire high school days.


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Cameron Monaghan in the DC Comics-based TV series Gotham

Cameron Monaghan was a very outgoing child, and it helped his mother quickly identify what he could be. As a child, Cameron had wanted to become an actor. He told his mum of his dreams one day while watching movies and television. When he was three years old, his mother sent pictures of him to modelling agencies, and he appeared on the cover of his first catalogue at the age of five.

He also featured in his first regional commercial at seven. During his elementary education at Addison Mizner Elementary School, he began to develop his acting skills. He appeared on stage as Stuart Little in “Stuart Little” and as Piglet in “Winnie the Pooh” at Little Palm Family Theatre in Boca.

Also, Cameron appeared as Alex in the small independent film “The Wishing Stone” in 2002, which was filmed in the Lake Worth, Florida, area.

In 2003, Cameron was only nine years old when the director and executive producer of the television adaptation of “The Music Man”, Jeff Bleckner, cast him. The director also spoke highly of him during an interview. “There are some people, when you put them up on film, they sort of pop off the screen at you. That’s how it was with Cameron. From the second we saw him, he was it. We were looking for anybody who had that wonderful appeal. And Cameron had it,” Bleckner said.

It was the beginning of greater things to come for young Cameron as he earned himself the Young Artist Award as Best Young Television Actor in a Recurring Role for his appearance as Chad in the comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle”, back in 2004.

Cameron Monaghan’s years as a child actor translated into much much as the years rolled by. He got more recognition when he starred as Ian Gallagher in the comedy-drama series “Shameless” and twins Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska, who serve as origins for the Joker, in the DC Comics-based TV series “Gotham”.

Dove Cameron Shameless

Dove Cameron of Shameless
Dove Cameron

First of all, she isn’t in any way related to Cameron Monaghan, but the duo shared time on screen in the TV series “Shameless”. She appeared in two episodes during Season 2 of Shameless, and she worked alongside the talented Jeremy Allen White.

Her birth name was Chloe Celeste Hosterman, but she adopted Dove Cameron legally and now goes by that. Although, her run on the award-winning show was short-lived, her performance as promiscuous teen Holly Herkimer was memorable, and it helped others in the industry to see her potential.

Many fans make the mistake that Cameron Monaghan and Dove Cameron are related, but that is not the case.

Cal Kestis actor

Cal Kestis actor
Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis from action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi ‘Fallen Order’

Cameron Monaghan has been many things, a model, an actor, and even a video game character. He provided the voice and likeness for the protagonist Cal Kestis in the 2019 adventure game “Jedi: Fallen Order”.

The character Kestis, in the game, is a survivor of Order 66, who chose to go into hiding as the Galactic Empire begins to rise. Kestis then became a target for two Inquisitors. Eventually, he had to re-embrace his connection to the Force to survive and stand a chance of bringing the Jedi Order back. Along the way, Kestis befriends a nightsister and even faces the evil Darth Vader and somehow manages to survive to the very end of the game.

Cameron Monaghan joker

The star actor also played the roles of the twins Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska in the FOX television series “Gotham”. The villain twins was created to form a cultural lineage for the supervillain, the Joker.

Jerome Joker and Jeremiah Valeska actor
Brothers Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska played by Cameron Monaghan

Jerome is a nihilistic cult leader who spreads anarchy in Gotham City until his eventual death, while his twin brother Jeremiah is more of an obsessive and calculating mastermind. Both characters have gone on to inspire a series of other fictional characters in Gotham, who carry out their ideology as fanatical followers.

Ten years later, an evolved version of Jeremiah, briefly referred to as “J”, appeared in the series finale set serving as a figurative amalgamation of both Valeska twins. It is believed that Jeremiah may as well become the Joker himself later on or even inspire a separate character entirely.

Amityville: The Awakening

Cameron Monaghan starred as James in the twelfth reincarnation, “Amityville: The Awakening” (2017). He played the role of the brain-dead twin brother of Belle Walker who was possessed by a demonic entity.

Ian Gallagher Shameless

Ian Gallagher on Shameless
Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher on Shameless

Ian Gallagher is a fictional character from the comedy TV series “Shameless” portrayed by Cameron Monaghan. The actor assumed the role of the third oldest Gallagher sibling whose blood group was found to be incompatible with the rest of his siblings. Ian Gallagher is also gay and had relationships with older men throughout the first five seasons.

Personal life

Cameron Gallagher is an only child, at least of his mum. His father was out of the picture and he was raised singlehandedly by his mother. He had wanted to go into acting as a child and he did.

Cameron also loves singing and dance and he also enjoys playing the guitar. He also never got to go to prom because he was homeschooled for his entire high school days. He also play drums and snowboard during his free time. Cameron Monagham practices martial arts and acrobatics to stay in top form. He’s also a huge fan of dogs. Cameron claims to love animals in general.

Cameron Monaghan pet dog
Cameron’s dog

Is Cameron Monaghan gay?

Cameron Monaghan portrayed the role of a gay man in the comedy TV series “Shameless” and that’s all about that. He is not gay and has never identified as one although he believes sexuality is a really confusing topic for most teenagers. He thinks it’s something that most teenagers are trying to figure out.

Cameron Monaghan girlfriend

Cameron Monaghan over the years have dated the opposite sex on a couple of occasions, putting an end to rumors he is gay.

In the past, Cameron and “Shameless” co-star Peyton List dated each other. Their relationship started in 2017 after working together in the indie drama “Anthem of a Teenage Prophet.” The pair parted ways over the holiday season in 2018.

According to celebsuburb, Cameron Monaghan is currently dating model Lauren Searle. The relationship was made official via his Instagram account.

Net worth

Cameron Monaghan started his creative career very early, since he was only a little boy, starring in commercials as well as modeling. He is estimated to be worth over $5 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.


Cameron Monaghan has been a creative career success story. He wanted to be something and he threaded the path until he achieved his ultimate goal. His mother also played a huge role in helping him stay on his path and she should be credited as much as Cameron himself.

They both set perfect examples on how we should be as parent and ward. Dare to dream and have the support. You may also like one of our latest articles on What boys want: 5 things girls do that guys love.

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