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Coronation Street's Samia Ghadie to miss live episode in September

Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie (opens in new tab) has promised the new live episode of the soap will be a 'treat' for viewers.

The soap’s bosses are planning another live event in September to celebrate 60 years of ITV. But Samia, who plays Maria Connor, confirmed she will not be involved in the special as she is currently expecting a baby with partner Sylvain Longchambon and will be on maternity leave.

Samia revealed in her OK! magazine blog: “I have already been lucky enough to be involved in two, but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it a hat-trick as I’ll be off for my maternity leave by then.

Corrie's Maria Connor, played by Samia Ghadie and Luke Britton, played by Dean Fagan

Maria Connor and boyfriend Luke Britton (Dean Fagan) (ITV)


“I have already planned a night in watching it at home with a take-out curry though. I’m sure everyone will do a fantastic job – it really is such an adrenalin buzz to be involved in it.

“I’ve already heard whispers of what might be going on in the episode and you will all be in for a big treat – it sounds very dramatic and exciting!”

Corrie first went live in 2000 to mark the soap’s 40th anniversary, and again in 2010 for its 50th year, with a dramatic episode featuring a tram crash destroying much of the street.

The latest special will be the first live episode to be produced from Coronation Street's new set at MediaCityUK.


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