Shameless star Jody Latham fined £1,000 over speeding Range Rover after his '£18m cosmetics empire' had just £1 in bank

SHAMELESS actor Jody Latham has been fined £1,000 over a speeding Range Rover.

The ex-Eastenders star, 39, was slapped with the penalty weeks after records revealed his "£18m cosmetics empire" had just £1 in the bank.

Latham was asked to give details about the driver of a Range Rover which was clocked travelling above the speed limit. It is not known if Latham is the driver.

He did not attend Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where details of the case where read out.

The court heard that Greater Manchester Police requested information about the driver from Sculptured Minds, a company based in Altrincham, Cheshire, in April, last year.

The request was made eight days after the Range Rover was caught speeding.

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There was no response, so police sent a follow-up request on July 29, last year.

By mid-September the information had still not been provided, with the company claiming the driver could not be identified.

The police then sent photographic evidence and gave the company a further 14 days to respond – but it failed to do so.

No details of the alleged speeding offence were provided or Latham’s connection to Sculptured Minds, which has since been dissolved.

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Latham – who played Philip ‘Lip’ Gallagher in the Channel 4 series – faces losing his licence over the offence.

His fine comes weeks after the Sun Online exclusively revealed how Latham's firm Epitique UK Ltd is now dormant.

The actor previously boasted that the company had signed a money-spinning deal to supply dermal fillers for cosmetic treatments to a firm in South Korea.

The only set of accounts from February 2022 state the firm has just £1 in its accounts.

Previous businesses set up by Jody have also struggled.

These included a physical well-being activities firm launched in 2018 – which was dissolved without ever filing any accounts to Companies House the following year.

UK Aesthetics (Wholesale) Ltd was formed in May 2018 and dissolved in October 2019 via a compulsory strike off for not filing official documents.

Chairman of the bench Jeff Armstrong today found Latham guilty in his absence of failing to give information relating to the identification of a driver/rider of a vehicle when required.

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He fined the actor £1,000 and also ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a £100 surcharge.

Latham is best-known for his roles as Lip Gallagher in Channel 4’s comedy drama Shameless and Rob Grayson in BBC1 soap EastEnders.

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