Samia Ghadie ready for 'fresh challenges' on Coronation Street

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Samia Ghadie

Samia Ghadie

Samia Ghadie says she is "ready for some fresh challenges" for her character Maria Connor in 'Coronation Street' after meeting up with the show's new producer Kate Oates.

Samia Ghadie is "ready for some fresh challenges" on 'Coronation Street'.

The 33-year-old actress - who plays Maria Connor in the ITV soap - is looking forward to her future on the show after a chat with new producer Kate Oates.

She told OK! Online: "I had a meeting with Kate [the new producer] last week to discuss where we both think my character Maria, should be heading. Kate shared a few exciting ideas and storylines so I'm really excited about that!

"My character has been a bit quiet over the last couple of years which has been fine as it's been great having a bit more time at home, but after hearing what is in store for me at work, I feel ready for some fresh challenges. Watch this space!"

Meanwhile, Samia - who has daughter Freya, six, with her ex-husband Matt Smith and seven-month-old son Yves with her fiancé Sylvain Longchambon - previously insisted she had no worries about returning to her character after her maternity leave but was a bit scared about learning lines again because of her "baby brain".

She shared: "Playing Maria is like putting on a comfy pair of slippers. I wasn't nervous about getting back into character but I was worried about learning my lines because of my baby brain. I can barely remember my name half the time.

"I was so excited on my first day back [on 'Coronation Street']. I came bounding in excitedly thinking everyone else was going to be as thrilled as I was. But none of them had six months off so most were just like, 'Morning, you all right?'"

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