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|“||Steven James McDonald - come on down!||„|
|~ Jez to Steve.|
Jez Quigley was a villain in Coronation Street. After a one-off appearance in 1997, the character served as the main antagonist of the show from December 1999 to September 2000. He is played by Lee Boardman.
Jez first appeared in June 1997 when Steve McDonald approached him for a job, however was turned down. Off-screen, Jez murdered Tony Horrocks in February 1999, and buried it in a building site. The body wouldn't be discovered for another year.
Jez resurfaced in December 1999 when he supplied Leanne Battersby with cocaine. He sent thugs to break into the pub the Rovers Return Inn where she worked in order to steal cash, but Leanne began fighting the thugs and demanding them to get out. This cost her when she was badly beaten. She later left Weatherfield to get away from him.
Jez became enemies with Steve, who had borrowed money from Jez to set up his cab company Street Cars. When Tony's body was found Steve testified against Jez in court, however he was released due to lack of evidence and Jez looked for revenge. He lured Steve to a car parking lot where he had him badly beaten and nearly killed. Steve was hospitalised and his vengeful father Jim McDonald got Jez's name from Steve. Jez and confronted at his flat by Jim, and despite trying to fend him off the larger and stronger Jim overpowered Jez and beat him, putting him in hospital. In a last ditch effort at revenge, Jez tried to murder Steve in his hospital cubicle, but his spleen ruptured and Jez died.
Jim was sentenced to eight-years in prison for manslaughter. He was released after seven-years for good behaviour in 2007.