Tina Malone declared bankrupt
Tina Malone has been declared bankrupt.
The 'Shameless' actress - who was thought to be earning £150,000 a year playing Mimi in the Channel 4 comedy-drama - allegedly failed to repay £25,000 she had borrowed from a friend to set up a life-coaching company, and she is then said to have ''ignored court orders''.
A source close to the friend told The Sun newspaper: ''Tina borrowed it to start a life-coaching company before 'Shameless'. She promised to pay her friend back but never did.
''Tina was ordered by the court to pay back the money in April 2010 but she just ignores the orders.''
The 49-year-old actress - who also starred as Mo McGee in 'Brookside' - was not at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre when a judge signed a bankruptcy order against her earlier this week, as she is thought to be in the US looking for work.
One friend of Tina - who married personal trainer Paul Chase in a glitzy ceremony in 2010 - said: ''We had no idea. She never mentioned any problems to us.''
The full amount that the actress owes has not been confirmed, but the Insolvency Service revealed a bankruptcy order was passed and her name is expected to be added to the Individual Insolvency Register.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''She would have been well aware of the proceedings against her.
''The original court judgement was passed on March 30 and a letter would have been sent out.
''There could be several creditors or just one.''
Tina recently appeared on 'Celebrity Big Brother' and she has previously won reality TV shows 'Celebrity Four Weddings' and 'Celebrity Come Dine With Me'.
A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: ''We have no comment to make.''17-05-2012
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