Samia Ghadie

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Samia Ghadie
Samia Smith.jpg
Ghadie on the Coronation Street float at Manchester Pride in 2011
Born Samia Maxine Ghadie
(1982-07-13) 13 July 1982 (age 32)
Eccles, Greater Manchester, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Lebanese and English
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Employer ITV
Television Children's Ward
Coronation Street (2000–Present)
Spouse(s) Matthew Smith (m. 2005-2011)
Partner(s) Sylvain Longchambon (2013—)
Children 1
Parent(s) Patsy Ghadie & Joseph Ghadie (d. 2009)

Samia Maxine Ghadie (previously Smith; born 13 July 1982) is an English actress who is known for portraying Maria Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 2000.

Early life[edit]

Ghadie was born in Eccles in Greater Manchester to Joseph, a French-Lebanese shop owner, and Patsy, an English actress who he met while working in Abu Dhabi, where she also lived as a child.[1][2] She also has a brother named Tariq.


Ghadie made her acting debut when she was 11, appearing in a single episode of Cracker ("The Big Crunch"). She then made appearances in Children's Ward, Heartbeat, Doctors, and the children's series Life Force.

Ghadie's big break came in 2000, when she beat Suzanne Shaw and Kimberley Walsh to obtain the role of Maria Sutherland on ITV soap opera Coronation Street, where she has been at the centre of some of the show's biggest story lines.[3] In Autumn 2009, Ghadie took a short break from her role as Maria on Coronation Street due to her maternity leave, however she resumed filming in May 2010.

Ghadie won an episode of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes impersonating Holly Valance.[4]

In September 2009, Ghadie guest presented an episode of the children's entertainment show Toonattik, filling in for regular host Anna Williamson.

Dancing on Ice[edit]

Main article: Dancing on Ice

In January 2013, Ghadie was a competitor in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with French ice skater Sylvain Longchambon.[5] She sustained a concussion a few days into the pre-series training.[5] Ghadie was eliminated in Week 8 of the competition losing out in a skate off to Luke Campbell.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ghadie placed 53rd in the 2003 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World, and voted sexiest female by the readers of Inside Soap magazine in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Ghadie married Matthew Smith, a property developer, in St Philip's Church in Alderley Edge, Cheshire on 10 September 2005 after a seven month engagement. On 19 October 2009, she gave birth to a baby girl, Freya[6] Ghadie temporarily left Coronation Street to go on maternity leave. On 4 January 2011, Ghadie and her husband announced that they have separated by mutual agreement.[7] On 4 November 2011, it was revealed that she had reverted to her maiden name of Ghadie following her decree absolute which was granted the same day.[8][9][10]

Ghadie's father, Joseph, died of cancer on 14 April 2009.[11]

Television Apperances[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Heartbeat (UK TV Series) Appeared as a girl scout in Substitute (Series 7)
2000— Coronation Street Maria
2000 There's Only One Jimmy Grimble Sara
2009 Toonattik Guest presenter
2013 Dancing on Ice Contestant

Guest appearances[edit]

Ghadie has appeared twice on ITV's All Star Family Fortunes. Her first appearance was on a Christmas special on 23 December 2006, where she appeared as part of the Battersby-Brown family.[12] Her second appearance was on 13 May 2012, when she appeared with her own family.

In 2008, Ghadie was a guest on Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour.

On 20 September 2014, Ghadie appeared on the primetime game show The Chase: Celebrity Special.[13] - Contestant


  1. ^ "Corrie's Samia Smith AND HER BIG NIGHT BEAUTY SECRETS". 22 May 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Coronation Street star Samia Smith takes a pregnant pause in stunning Barbados". Daily Mail (London). 20 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Home. "Smith, Samia – Who's who on UK TV from, HELLO!". Hello!. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Sexy Female Soap Stars – AOL Photo Gallery[dead link]
  5. ^ a b Jury, Anna (7 January 2013). "Samia Ghadie on her Dancing on Ice preparations". Daily Mirror. 
  6. ^ "Corrie's Samia Smith gives birth – Coronation Street News – Showbiz". Digital Spy. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Coronation Street star Samia Smith splits from husband Matthew". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "'Coronation Street' Samia Smith granted divorce, uses maiden name - Coronation Street News - Showbiz". Digital Spy. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Moriarty, Richard. "Corrie’s Samia Smith divorces". The Sun (London). 
  10. ^ "Samia Smith steps out with Corrie 'lover' Will Thorp... as her estranged husband says 'I love my wife'". Daily Mail (London). 31 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Beth Hardie (14 April 2009). "',', – "Coronation Street star Samia Smith devastated after losing father" – retrieved 16 April 2009". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Family Fortunes Corrie Christmas Special (1 December 2006). "Corrieblog: Family Fortunes Corrie Christmas Special". Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  13. ^ [1]

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