Coronation Street adds a new gay character


19-year-old teen footballer James Bailey, played by Nathan Graham, is set to join the soap as his family move to Weatherfield. He will try to stay in closet for his family and his teammates will be unaware of his sexuality at first as well. Nathan Graham, who has previously appeared in West End shows Dreamgirls and Miss Saigon, said that it is an honor for him to join such a show. He added that even though his character’s journey might be complicated, but he is very excited to start exploring it. Rounding out the rest of the Bailey family is James’s builder father Edison (Trevor Michael Georges), pharmacy assistant mum Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw), and constantly-scheming brother Michael (Ryan Russell). Producer Iain MacLeod has no doubt that the watchers will love this new, warm and funny family: “Parents Edison and Aggie are soulmates who, underneath the banter, will stick up for each other and defend their boys when the going gets tough. Eldest son Michael is an exuberant, loveable dreamer with a huge heart and is the glue that holds the family together. James is Michael’s younger brother and best mate, who is a sensitive lad with a secret that he fears will throw his family into turmoil and impact on his career.”


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