James Oates appeared on Coronation Street in two roles: firstly as a Pizza Boy in December 2005 and returned to the programme as a masked man who attempted a raid on Barlow's Bookies, threatening Leanne Barlow in June 2011.

Gaining an "A Level" in Drama and Theatre Studies from Eccles College in 2007, he went on to achieve qualifications in Acting/Musical Theatre from Laine Theatre School, Manchester and in Intensive Acting from the city's David Johnson School of Acting.

His other credits include roles in The Courtroom, It's Adam and Shelley and Doctors, while on stage he has appeared in productions of Borstal Boy, Murder at the Red Barn, Of Mice and Men, Staying Positive, Highly Strung, Love Youth and Shakespeare and The Loves of Others.

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