Lindsay James

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Lindsay James
Waterloo Road character
Portrayed by Jenna Coleman
Duration 2009
First appearance Series 5, Episode 1
Last appearance Series 5, Episode 9
Created by Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick
Occupation Student

Lindsay James is a fictional character in the BBC television drama series Waterloo Road. She is portrayed by Jenna Coleman (credited as Jenna-Louise Coleman).[1]


Lindsay and her younger sister, Emily first appear on the first day of the new school year attending Waterloo Road.[2] As a former John Fosters pupil, Lindsay does not like the prospect of having to attend Waterloo Road. Frustrated about family life, she lashes out at bully Michaela White in an English lesson, leading to not one, but two fights with her throughout the day. However, Rachel Mason is convinced there is a lot more to Lindsay's anger than first appears. When the police arrive to inform the girls that their father has died, Rachel's suspicions are confirmed and she becomes sure that Lindsay knows a lot more about what was happening at her home the morning of her dad's death than she is letting on.

Attitude to Waterloo Road[edit]

Like her fellow John Fosters students, Lindsay regards the Waterloo Road pupils as behind in their learning. When Amy Porter falsely accuses Bolton Smilie of rape, Lindsay ensures that his reptutation is dragged through the mud, However, her plot becomes unstuck when Amy confesses that she made the allegation up, after Bolton rejected her advances. Aside from her female John Fosters counterparts, her only confidant is her younger sister, Emily. Seeing fellow pupil Karla Bentham giving Emily some comfort enrages her, because she is over-protective of her younger sister and Lindsay gathers together her mates, who proceed to warn Karla to stay away from her sister.

Lindsay forms a very strong relationship with headteacher Rachel Mason. Rachel is persistent with Lindsay and determined to find out what is causing her so much pain. Despite Executive Head Max Tyler's best efforts to divert her from Lindsay, Rachel finally gets through to the young girl and Lindsay even asks her to attend the court case for her mum. She later admits to Rachel that she killed her dad to protect her younger sister from being abused the same way she was. Rachel blames herself for not noticing but she does her best to comfort Lindsay and she looks after her sister Emily James after Lindsay is jailed. But later in the series it is revealed she has been put on bail from help Michaela White plus her little sister Emily and her mother Marion.

Fighting with Michaela White[edit]

Lindsay James had been fighting with Michaela White three times. When Lindsay got arrested Michaela and Ros McCain said to her they will try to get her out of jail. Michaela tried to support her when Emily James and Marion James came and tell her how Lindsay in jail.


During her mother Marion's trial, Lindsay breaks down and admits to Rachel that she had in fact killed her father, and her mother had covered for her. Shocked, Rachel convinces Lindsay to admit the truth to the court. On doing so, Lindsay is later charged with murder and remains in police custody. Michaela White, who originally attended the trial for some payback against Lindsey, and Ros McCain, who came to support Lindsay, are appalled by the truth about the sexual abuse that Lindsay suffered at her father's hands. Upon Lindsay being arrested and entering the police car, Michaela and Ros run to the scene, and promise Lindsay that they will ensure she gets out as the police car drives away. It is later revealed she is on bail.


  1. ^ Digital Spy."Ex-'Emmerdale' actress joins 'Waterloo Road'". 
  2. ^ BBC Press Office."Waterloo Road returns to BBC One". 

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