JIM McDonald has returned to Coronation Street and it’s clear he’s out to cause trouble for Liz.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Belfast man with a fiery temper…
Who is Jim McDonald?
Jim McDonald, played by Charlie Lawson, is an Irishman from Belfast.
He first appeared in Coronation Street with his wife Liz in 1989 and last appeared in the soap in 2014.
From 2000-2007 Jim served a prison sentence for manslaughter after beating up Jez Quigley who later died.
This was revenge for Jez beating up Jim’s son Steve who testified against the drug dealer for killing Tony Horrocks.
Jim went to prison again in 2011 after attempting to rob a building society and holding the customers hostage.
In 2014 he made an appearance as the prison “landlord” when Peter Barlow was wrongly sent down for the murder of Tina McIntyre.
When did Jim McDonald return to Coronation Street?
Jim McDonald, played by Charlie Lawson returned to the cobbles on Friday, September 7.
He turned up unexpectedly at his son Steve’s stag do in the Rovers and was met with a frosty reception.
But he’s not come back to Weatherfield alone.
He’s accompanied by Katie – a woman who is pretending to be his and Liz’s dead daughter Katie as part of an elaborate scheme.
Jim was sent to prison in 2011 after trying to rob a bank so that Steve and Liz would have enough money to buy the Rovers.
Did Jim McDonald and Liz have a daughter?
Jim and Liz McDonald had a daughter called Katie who was born on New Year’s Day 1992.
But she died prematurely the following day in hospital.
Now Katie is pretending to be that same daughter by claiming that a mix up at the hospital meant she was adopted by a couple who later moved to Australia.
In an unexpected twist Jim and Katie, his fake dead daugther, are actually lovers!
Why did Jim McDonald split from wife Liz?
Jim and Liz first divorced in 1996.
After Liz confessed to having an affair with Jim’s colleague Johnny Johnson he flew into a rage and hit her.
He later tried to break into their house with a snooker cue so Liz got a restraining order on him and he spent three weeks in jail.
In 2000 they remarried shortly before Jim was sent to prison for manslaughter.
In 2003 Jim feared Liz was having an affair so he broke out of prison with the help of Steve to go and see her.
In 2005 Liz once again asked for a divorce.
From 2007-2008 Liz was briefly married to musician and Rovers pot washer Vernon Tomlin – but they split after he made a pass at Michelle Connor.
In 2018 she was dating Steve’s former French teacher and cabbie Mike but they split after he discovered she’d slept with Johnny Connor.
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What are Jim McDonald’s best quotes?
Jim is known for his hilarious catchphrases…
- Alright big lad?
- So it is/So I am/So you are
- Catch yourself on
- What about ye?
- Let me tell you sonny-jim
- I’m in the big house