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Lindsay James
Portrayed by Jenna Coleman
First Appearance Series 5 Episode 1
Last Appearance Series 5 Episode 9
Cause/Reason Jailed for the murder of her father and then ran away after release.
Mother Marion James
Father Tony James (Deceased)
Sisters Emily James

Lindsay James was a pupil of Waterloo Road, from John Foster Private School, she is the older protective sister of Emily James.

She was in many vicious feuds against Michaela White and they were both the centre of the gang war between Waterloo Road and the newly merged John Fosters Private School. She is exceptionally intelligent, but cold, violent and condescending, and she is renowned for ferocious mood swings.

Through out the beginning of Series 5 it is clear that Lindsay is hiding something. A strong hint is given in Episode 1 when she rushes off to be sick in the toilets as she arrives for her first day at Waterloo Road, and when it is announced that her dad has been killed, she learns that her mum has been arrested and is going to be charged for his murder.

Lindsay was found guilty with the murder of her father (of which her mother was on trial for), Tony James, in Series 5 Episode 9 after covering it up because her mother told her to. When she was taken away in a police car, Michaela White apologised for everything. Lindsay was charged and sent to prison for the murder of her dad. Lindsay did not return to the school after her release from jail. Emily went searching for Lindsay but she didn't want to go home or back to Waterloo Road so she ran away. Em continued to go to Waterloo Road until Series 7 Episode 30.


“Dad, she doesn’t want to go!” (First line)

“Shouting ‘oi’ to me, Michaela? What do you want, a punch in the face?”

“No-one makes my little sister cry. If you so much as look at her again, you’ll get worse than this, you understand? Breathe a word, and your life’s over, yeah? Finished! You can keep that and all.” (To Karla when she attacked her)

“Shut up Em, it’s sorted. I said I’m sorry and that’s it. She’s still a nosey little cow.”

”Yeah.” (Final line, when she is charged with the murder of her dad)

Behind the scenes

  • Jenna Coleman joined the cast of Waterloo Road immediately after a four-year run on Emmerdale in which she played the character of Jasmine Thomas, whose story arc concluded in identical fashion to Lindsay, with the character killing a person, engaging in a cover-up, going on trial, and being sent to prison, never to be heard from (on the show) again.