In 2019, James along with his parents and brother moved to Coronation Street owing to financial difficulties caused by Ed's gambling addiction. For some time, James had known that he was gay but remained in the closet out of fear that it would harm his footballing career. In 2020, his former lover Danny Tomlinson accidentally outed him on social media, and though James officially denied the story his true sexuality became an open secret.
In May 2019, Street Cars driver Steve McDonald threatened James and his friends when they refused to pay their taxi fare. Steve, who had been held at knife-point by a customer the week before, produced a baseball bat and gave chase to the boys - with James being run over by a car in the process. Taking James back to the cab office, Steve ensured that he was alright and, after realising he played for County, he agreed not to get him in trouble with the police. However, Brian Packham turned up with officers anyway and, despite Steve and James covering for each other, DS Willets informed Steve that he didn't think he was fit for driving and that he would put in a request for him to lose his taxi licence.
First and last lines
"Mal, chill. Come on mate." (First line, ushering his friend Mal into a cab)
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