“I don’t think they’ll have me in another soap. I’ve done two – would the audience believe another character?” he said.
“Of course I would do another one, but I’m not sure if they would offer me another soap role.”
James also praised the quality of UK soaps, calling them “the stalwart of the TV world”.
“They are hugely popular with amazing scripts,” he said. “Some of the best actors are on them: sometimes you forget how talented these people are when you watch them week in, week out.”
“I loved working with Barry Sloane on Hollyoaks,” James added. “What an incredible actor, just very honest and very raw. He had no boundaries, and I learnt a lot from him.”
However James – who has set up his own pop-up acting company, Broken Leg Workshops, to give budding performers a break – admitted that it was Emmerdale’s late producer Gavin Blyth who had given him the most useful piece of career advice.
“When I first signed up for Emmerdale, Gavin told me to just enjoy it and have fun, because it takes the pressure off yourself if you are relaxed,” he recalled.