Samia's been challenged by Corrie storyline

Samia Ghadie is seeing a very different side to her Coronation Street character Maria Connor.

The actress was surprised by her recent stalking storyline, where Maria became obsessed with her ex Tyrone Dobbs, and admits it’s been a totally different experience for her.

It’s definitely interesting [playing a bad girl],’ says Samia, 31.

I think people will dislike me a lot more. I’m preparing for people not being very nice for a while!’

Samia occasionally found it difficult to play Maria‘s nasty side but has come to understand her character well since joining Corrie back in 2000.

I have found it tricky, to be honest, because Maria is usually so nice,’ the former Dancing On Ice star tells We Love TV.

She has always been a victim. But I can understand why she’s had a breakdown.

At the end of the day it’s still the character that I’ve played for 14 years and you get to know them inside out.’

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Anna Francis