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Chicago P.D. Casts Shameless Vet as Halstead's Brother — and Med Doc

Chicago Med Nick Gehlfuss

Anyone on Chicago P.D. need a doctor? Because there’s one in the family!

Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless) will recur on the NBC drama as Jay Halstead’s brother Ryan, in addition to appearing on the potential Chicago Med spinoff, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Ryan is “a bit of a playboy and a successful doctor, but always off to the next good time,” executive producer Matt Olmstead says. “[He] never really sticks around when things get complicated. We’re finding him in a point in his life when he has to knuckle down and get real about being in Chicago.”

When the two Halstead siblings are reunited, “they’re glad to see each other,” the EP says. “It’s not like the ne’er-do-well brother shows up. But it’s a brother who’s got some things he needs help with ironing out.”

Gehlfuss will also appear in an episode of mothership series Chicago Fire, which will serve as a planted pilot for the franchise’s medical offshoot.

In addition to his role on Shameless — he was the guy Fiona cheated with last season — Gehlfuss’ TV credits include Longmire, Murder in the First and The Newsroom.

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14 Comments
  1. Tom says:

    Get Dylan Baker and Amanda Righetti back and i’m sold.

  2. MK says:

    I’d totally be down for Chicago Med!

  3. Hmm. says:

    I’m so thrilled Halstead is getting family, but I will wait to make my judgments until I see his character in action because at first glance, I’m not getting it. Also, thought they nixed the idea of Chicago Med?

  4. Shannon says:

    Do you know if any of the recurring doctors will be included in the spin off? Like, the doctor friend that Shay had? And Willhite’s husband, Alek?

    • Kayla says:

      I think that would be a good idea to have Alek, shays friend or some of the reoccurring docs we’ve seen in the other Chicago shows in this spin off

  5. Lauren says:

    Maybe they can get Lauren German back.let her play a previously unknown twin sister of Leslie Shay.

  6. Marco says:

    Let’s see how it plays… And probably I’m the only one, but I’d like if he was gay but his issues didn’t revolve around that. Y’know, kinda like Shay.

  7. Helga M. McLaughlin says:

    Hallo Nicky, greetings from Texas Grandma Helga, we are so incredibly proud of you! Break a Leg my amazing Grandson !

  8. Kim says:

    Jay Halstead’s brothers name isn’t Ryan its Will