Chris Bisson’s TV career – quitting Corrie over plotlines to near Emmerdale axe

Soap star Chris Bisson kicked off his television career over two decades ago.

The actor, who turns 46 on July 21, is best known for portraying the roles of Vikram Desai in Coronation Street from 1999 until 2002 and more recently Jai Sharma in Emmerdale.

Former Weatherfield resident Vikram is Dev Alahan's (Jimmi Harkishin) cousin and he used to own the shop with Dev and worked with Sunita (Shobna Gulati).

During his time on the cobbles, he dated Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) and Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon).

In 2000 he briefly dated Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson) but he later learned that she is under the age of consent.

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Two years later, he was forced to smuggle drugs in from abroad and asked Steve (Simon Gregson) and Karen McDonald (Suranne Jones) if they wanted a free holiday and they accepted.

When they came back Steve discovered powder at the bottom of his suitcase and inside was drugs, and found out that Vikram had done it.

Karen was horrified as well as Steve and he dumped the drugs in the canal and told Vikram to leave Weatherfield for good, and if he comes back Steve said he will kill him. He now lives in India.

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Vikram was last mentioned mentioned when the late Sunita's aunts came to stay in 2010, after Dev said that they were even worse than him.

Chris quit Coronation Street amid frustration at lean storylines.

"I'd thought about leaving Coronation Street several times before I finally quit," Chris told Manchester Evening News in 2007.

"That was because I hadn't had a decent storyline for a while.

He added at the time "I have been an actor since I was 13 and I'm not particularly worried. I played the same part in Coronation Street for four years."

"I am looking at short-term projects. I have had conversations about signing long contracts in other long-running TV shows but I have said no.

"One employer started talking about a three-year contract. I really don't want to do anything like that."

Despite vowing to only sign short-term contracts, Chris joined the cast of Emmerdale as Jai in 2009.

The character arrived in the village with his siblings Nikhil (Rio Makarem) and Priya (Fiona Wade).

He quickly became an iconic Emmerdale villain and was involved in several dark storylines.

The past eight years have seen Jai cheat numerous times, lock his ex-fiance in a shipping container and become hooked on drugs.

Following his character's redemption over the years, Chris previously revealed that at one point Emmerdale bosses were considering axing him from the soap.

Chris told OK! In 2017: "There were conversations being had about where we had gone with the character.

"Very frank and honest conversations with me and the producer saying 'have we gone too far now and it is time to call it a day or do we redeem him?'."

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He admitted that he agreed Jai was "unsustainable" on the show during his time as a villain.

"But we came to the conclusion that actually he wasn’t a bad character," Chris continued.

"He came in as a much nicer character and he did go off the rails but we have really pulled him back and that’s lovely to play."

Chris is in a relationship with longterm partner Rowena Finn and they share two children together.

As well as appearing in two of Britain's biggest soap operas, Chris has appeared in 1999 blockbuster East is East as Saleem Khanand took part in the second series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2003.

Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV.

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