Hello, handsome! Is this man the reason Maria leaves Luke - and Coronation Street?
Monday’s episode of Coronation Street sees the arrival of good-looking Jamie (ex-Hollyoaks actor James Atherton (opens in new tab)) - Luke’s stock-car racing buddy.
Luke (Dean Fagan (opens in new tab)) looks happy to see him and Maria’s intrigued - but Luke’s sister, Steph (Tish Merry (opens in new tab)), is not at all happy.
Why? Well, first, he’s an ex of hers and, secondly, he’s got Luke “into a few scrapes” in the past.
“Maria’s going to love him,” Steph tells Andy (Oliver Farnworth (opens in new tab)), her voice dripping with sarcasm.
But what if Maria really does love him - and leaves Luke?
Samia Ghadie (opens in new tab), who plays single mum Maria, has already filmed her final scenes and is now on maternity leave, awaiting the arrival of her son with her fiancé Sylvain Longchambon (opens in new tab) and planning their wedding next summer.
So Maria is definitely disappearing soon - and Samia confirmed that there’s definitely some drama coming for her and Luke…
“Things have been going pretty well for Maria and Luke,” said Samia said recently "so I think Maria’s due a bit of drama. Judging from our recent scrips, the writers agree.”
And we think Jamie will be part of that drama. But we think what’s more likely is that Jamie will lead Luke into more trouble - serious, maybe even deadly, trouble.
And that will leave Maria heartbroken and in need of time away from the Street, taking son Liam with her.
Watch the drama start to unfold on Coronation Street (opens in new tab), ITV, Monday, September 14, 7.30pm.
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