Emmerdale star shows off dramatic new look after cutting off trademark hair

His co-star Anthony Quinlan, who plays Pete Barton, added: ‘Looking [OK hand sign emoji] geeza! #axlrose.’

James has previously battled cyberbullies over his look, previously writing: ‘To everyone who has commented about my hair, or my style- I think someone said I looked homeless – maybe you should be focusing more on the plot and less on superficialities.’

The actor is well known for standing up for himself and his beliefs on Twitter, having previously admonished fans for trying to kiss him without his permission, and recently hitting out at people asking if he was with a carer when out with a friend or relative.

He tweeted: ‘Protip: don’t ask a disabled person if their partner/friend/relative/whoever they happen to be with is their carer. It’s frankly not relevant anyway, and a lot of us are independent enough not to need them so it feels mega patronising to be implied that we need to be looked after.’ The tweet received 679 likes.

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