Samia and husband Matthew Smith have decided to separate

Coronation Street star Samia Smith and her husband Matthew have split after five years of marriage.

The separation comes just a year after Samia, 28 – who plays hairdresser Maria Connor in the soap – gave birth to their baby daughter Freya.

‘This is a mutual decision and no one else is involved,’ say the couple.

In November, Samia enthused about her husband and and how they kept their romance alive.

‘Matt and I have date nights and go for a nice meal together,’ the told Now.

‘Matt will take me out and say: “Let’s not talk about Freya for a couple of hours.”

‘He’s really good whereas I’ll talk about her all the time.’

Samia married property developer Matthew, 34, in September 2005.

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