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James Bailey is a Weatherfield County footballer, youngest son of Ed and Aggie Bailey and brother of Michael and Dee-Dee.

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. He came out publicly the following year in order to pursue a relationship with Danny.

As of 2022, James continues to live at No.3 with Ed, Aggie, Michael, and niece Glory. He and Danny are together in a long-distance relationship.


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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.


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Background information

James was introduced to Coronation Street as part of the new Bailey family in 2019. He was the first of the four characters (the others being his father Ed, mother Aggie and brother Michael) to appear, debuting in Episode 9776 on 22nd May ahead of the other three's first appearances the following month. Actor Nathan Graham's only previous television credit was the titular role in the short film Bus Stop Romeo, although he also had a string of stage roles to his name.

First and last lines

"Mal, chill. Come on mate." (First line, ushering his friend into a cab)


List of addresses

Address Duration
3 Coronation Street 12th June 2019 to present

Employment history

Role Institution Duration
Footballer Weatherfield County FC Unknown

See also

Current characters
Ken Barlow | Rita Tanner | Peter Barlow | Gail Rodwell | Tracy McDonald | Audrey Roberts | Nick Tilsley | Kevin Webster | Debbie Webster | Jenny Connor | Sally Metcalfe | Sarah Barlow | Steve McDonald | David Platt | Daniel Osbourne | Roy Cropper | Leanne Battersby | Toyah Habeeb | Tyrone Dobbs | Dev Alahan | Eileen Grimshaw | Maria Connor | Kirk Sutherland | Adam Barlow | Todd Grimshaw | Fiz Stape | Simon Barlow | Sean Tully | Chesney Brown | Amy Barlow | Aadi Alahan | Asha Alahan | Ryan Connor | Carla Barlow | Gary Windass | Mary Taylor | Liam Connor | Brian Packham | Izzy Armstrong | Max Turner | Jack Webster | Hope Stape | Faye Windass | Beth Sutherland | Craig Tinker | Joseph Brown | Ruby Dobbs | Tim Metcalfe | Jake Windass | Lily Platt | Alya Nazir | Yasmeen Metcalfe | Zeedan Nazir | Gemma Winter | Billy Mayhew | Alex Warner | Harry Platt | Shona Platt | Summer Spellman | Abi Webster | Paul Foreman | Evelyn Plummer | Bertie Osbourne | James Bailey | Ed Bailey | Michael Bailey | Aggie Bailey | Kelly Neelan | Bernie Winter | Aled Winter-Brown | Bryn Winter-Brown | Carys Winter-Brown | Llio Winter-Brown | Nina Lucas | George Shuttleworth | Sam Blakeman | Daisy Midgeley | Ronnie Bailey