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James "Jim" McDonald is a fictional character in the British television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street so he is. Portrayed by actor Charles Lawson, the character first appeared onscreen during the episode airing on 27 October 1989. The character is noted for his violent nature and his passionate love for his wife Liz (Beverley Callard). He was a regular character for a period of eleven years from 1989 until 2000. He has since made a number of brief returns since 2003 the most recent being in spring 2011. He made his first appearance on 27 October 1989, with Liz McDonald (his wife since 1974) and his 15-year-old twin sons Steven and Andrew. Jim, from Northern Ireland, had been in the army for more than a decade prior to his arrival in Weatherfield. He then found work as a security guard but left after a violent encounter with two intruders led to him feeling concerned that he could kill someone if such a situation arose again. Actor Charles Lawson was approached to play the part of Jim McDonald, the father of the new family unit that was to be introduced to the series.