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Coronation Street's Alan Halsall: 'When Marcus returns, Maria will up her game'

Coronation Street star Alan Halsall has teased that Maria Connor will get more vengeful, especially when Marcus Dent returns to Weatherfield.

Maria (Samia Ghadie) has been texting Alan's character Tyrone Dobbs, pretending to be his terrorising ex Kirsty Soames, but the actor hinted things could soon become more unbearable for the unsuspecting mechanic when her ex-boyfriend shows up.

"I think things are going to get a lot worse. Maria's got so much going on, trying to confuse [Tyrone] and emotions going everywhere, and then Marcus turns up again," he told Coronation Street's official website.

"I think Marcus turning up again will push Maria to a limit. Maria's going to up her game a bit and then, who knows what she will do?"

Alan also admitted Maria's psycho tendencies will put pressure on Tyrone and Fiz Stape's relationship.

"There's lots of tension because of these texts from 'Kirsty' and that puts a hell of a lot of stress on Tyrone and Fiz's relationship. They've also got jobs and two kids and lots going on, and it puts their relationship under a lot of strain," he said.

"I think Maria is enjoying it - it comes from her being very sad as well, but she's making these problems so she can be a shoulder to cry on for him and I think she's loving that dependency."

The 31-year-old, who is married to former Coronation Street co-star Lucy-Jo Hudson in real life, said Tyrone has no idea about Maria's plans.

"He has no idea that Maria is harbouring feelings for him again. He's so clueless with it that he wouldn't have put two and two together. I don't think he'd think that Maria could do anything like that," he explained.

Marcus, played by Charlie Condou, will return to Coronation Street later this month.


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