James, who played serial killer Will Savage, is swapping Chester for Weatherfield to play new character Jamie.
According to Digital Spy, Jamie spells bad news for both Steph (Tisha Merry) and her brother Luke Britton (Dean Fagan).
James Atherton (Ian West/PA)
Jamie is a friend of Luke’s from when the pair used to do track racing together, and will be causing problems for both siblings in the upcoming storyline.
The actor will make his first appearance on the ITV soap in a few weeks’ time.
Luke and Steph Brittan (Lime Pictures/ITV)
James was a Hollyoaks regular from 2011 until 2013. After starting out as a geeky and loveable character, his evil side came out when he murdered Texas Longford and Anna Blake – and attempted to murder several more characters.
He returned for a guest stint, but ultimately met his demise when the Gloved Hand Killer attacked him, injecting him with potassium chloride.
— James Atherton (@jatherton87) February 3, 2015