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Coronation Street’s Nathan Graham ‘quits James Bailey’ after three years… with LGBTQ+ footballer ‘going to have a heart attack’
Nathan Graham has reportedly left Coronation Street after three years playing LGBTQ+ athlete James Bailey.
According to The sun The 31-year-old actor is will leave the ITV soap in the coming weeks when his character, already suffering from heart problems, falls victim to a heart attack.
The devastating situation is said to be forcing the footballer to choose “between his health and his career”.
Bye! Nathan Graham, 31, has reportedly left Coronation Street after three years as James Bailey (pictured in 2019)
A source told the publication: “His departure will see him leave Weatherfield behind for a fresh start away from the high street.”
However, the door will remain open for the character with his family still living on the famous street.
The source continued: ‘James’ family is still on the cobblestones and he’ll only be a train ride away, so it might not be the last viewers see of him.
MailOnline has contacted ITV representatives for comment.
Health drama: The actor is set to leave the ITV soap in the coming weeks when his character, who is already suffering from heart problems, suffers a heart attack
Meanwhile, Nathan’s departure comes as the Baileys will be getting a new addition to the cobblestones with Dee-Dee (Chanick Stirling-Brown) soon to arrive on the cobblestones.
Ed and Aggie’s daughter is about to make a big impact, and show boss Ian McLeod recently revealed what fans can expect.
He said: “She’s just a complete shot. She’s so full of energy and vibrancy and she’s just awesome. So I’m really, really excited to see her land in this family.
Family: (L-R) James Bailey (Nathan Graham), Addison (Trevor Michael George), Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw) and Michael (Ryan Russell) first joined the show in 2019.
“Lots of fun stuff to play, while she’s the apple of her mother’s eye, you have sibling rivalry with the boys. And she’s not so faithful with the kids either.
He continued: “So she has a very comedic relationship with her niece Glory (Eleanor Beckles) because she really doesn’t know what to do with kids and treats them a bit like her clients or that maybe they’re in a lawsuit ‘.
Before adding: “She’s just this wonderful, heartwarming injection of energy into the middle of this family.”
Kiss: James has been involved in many famous storylines, including his romance with Danny Tomlinson (Dylan Brady, right)
It comes after it was revealed that Coronation Street will air an extra episode on Sunday ahead of the National Moment of Reflection for Queen Elizabeth II.
The soap, along with many other television programmes, had episodes taken off air after Her Majesty passed away peacefully on September 8 aged 96.
ITV has changed its schedule to make room for events leading up to the monarch’s funeral, with Coronation Street airing on Sunday to catch up.
New Arrival: Meanwhile, Nathan’s exit comes as the Baileys get a new addition to the cobblestones with Dee-Dee (Chanick Stirling-Brown) soon to arrive on the cobblestones
Corrie and Emmerdale also aired extra episodes on Thursday nights after a huge schedule reshuffle.
Both soaps were pulled from their scheduled Friday slots, with Emmerdale catching on with a triple marathon of shows.
The empty seat came after ITV announced they were postponing the National Television Awards to October 13 as a mark of respect ahead of the Queen’s funeral.
Paying respects: The soap, along with many other TV programmes, had episodes pulled from the air after Her Majesty died peacefully on September 8 aged 96