Cannabis dealing former Shameless star Jody Latham forced to flee theatre after being attacked in row with audience members who went to toilet during performance 

  • Jody Latham was with fiancée Sarah Byrne at the Lowry Theatre in Salford
  • Watching Bagheads show when they were 'goaded' by audience members
  • He accused theatregoers of disrupting the play by going to the toilet
  • Greater Manchester Police confirmed it is investigating the incident

Former Shameless star Jody Latham and his fiancée Sarah Byrne (pictured together) had to flee the Lowry Theatre in Salford after being attacked by other members of the audience

Former Shameless star Jody Latham and his fiancée Sarah Byrne (pictured together) had to flee the Lowry Theatre in Salford after being attacked by other members of the audience

Former Shameless star Jody Latham had to flee a theatre after being attacked by other members of the audience.

The actor and his fiancée Sarah Byrne were targted during a play at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester, after he accused a theatregoer of disrupting the performance by going to the toilet.

The 32-year-old is said to have fled after suffering cuts to his eyebrow and nose while Ms Byrne, 26, was also injured.

It is understood the incident started towards the end of Bagheads, a play about a heroin addict that Latham, who admitted running a £14,000 cannabis farm in 2012, provided four actors from his drama school for.

The couple became involved in the bust-up towards the end of the production in the 450-seat capacity theatre, it was said.

The row continued in the bar just outside the theatre where the pair were then assaulted.

It is understood the couple believe they had been goaded and left before the trouble escalated further.

A source at the theatre said the pair were chased out of the building. They added that security officers and police were called to the scene.

Latham, who played Lip in the Channel 4 series Shameless, set up his drama school at the Manchester Central Library with his fiancée.

The pair, who were not seriously hurt in the assault, are regular theatre-goers and had gone to support the production's opening night.

Tonight's second and final production is expected to go ahead as planned.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers were called to reports of an assault between 9.40pm and 9.45pm on Sunday.

He said that when they arrived they found that a 32-year-old man had suffered a cut to his eye brow and bridge of his nose, and a 26-year-old woman had also been attacked.

No-one has been arrested and the investigation is continuing.

It is understood the incident started towards the end of Bagheads, a play at the theatre (pictured) about a heroin addict that Latham provided four actors from his drama school for

It is understood the incident started towards the end of Bagheads, a play at the theatre (pictured) about a heroin addict that Latham provided four actors from his drama school for

The 32-year-old is said to have fled after suffering cuts to his eyebrow and nose while Ms Byrne, 26, was also injured

The 32-year-old is said to have fled after suffering cuts to his eyebrow and nose while Ms Byrne, 26, was also injured

The actor’s career took off at the age of 12 when he was spotted during performances at Burley Youth Theatre.

He played the intelligent and outspoken eldest son of Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s acclaimed drama Shameless between 2004 and 2008.

He appeared as Grayson in EastEnders between February and March last year.

But he has also starred in ITV’s The Fixer and had a stint as a trainee chef in Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Mr Latham for comment but has not yet received a reply.

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