Natalie James is farm-girl who lives with her family on a neighboring farm to the Barton's. Moira Barton takes her on to help at Butler's Farm after her son Adam quit his job there in protest at Cain Dingle (whom he had earlier tried to get to cheat on Moira with Natalie) living in his home with his mum.
Shortly after this, discovering he would not be able to split them up Adam left the farm giving up his job and moving in with Victoria Sugden. Moira recruited Natalie as his replacement. However, Adam arrived back at the farm and Moira gave him his job back telling him he would have to let Natalie go himself.