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From Carlisle to the cobbles: Meet Corrie's new bad boy

James Atherton has joined the Coronation Street cast Credit: ITV Border

An actor from Carlisle has joined the cast of Coronation Street. James Atherton, who's real surname is Conway, is playing the soap's new bad boy Jamie and his character will be at the centre of a new storyline later this month.

Flashback photo of James during his time at Austin Friars school Credit: ITV Border

James who's 26, was brought up in Talkin and went to Austin Friars School. He was a regular star at the Carlisle Music Festival where he won numerous trophies and prizes.

James Atherton seen here with ITV Border's report Kate Walby and cameraman Steve Little Credit: ITV Border

His fans will remember him as Will Savage in Hollyoaks, a serial killer.

When asked why he seems to play the bad guy, he said

I don't know what it is, I've obviously got some ill favoured look! But yeah, Will was a great part to play as well and that kind of developed over time but there is something kind of strange about me getting the bad guys.

It's a lot more fun though, I enjoy it.''

– James Atherton

Want to know more about James? Check out this video