|Born||Samia Maxine Ghadie
13 July 1982
Eccles, Greater Manchester, England, UK
|Ethnicity||Lebanese and English|
|Television||Coronation Street (2000–present)
Dancing On Ice (2013)
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Smith (m. 2005–2011)|
|Partner(s)||Sylvain Longchambon (2013–present)|
|Parent(s)||Patsy Ghadie and Joseph Ghadie (d. 2009)|
Ghadie was born in Eccles, 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. She also has a brother named Tariq.
Ghadie made her acting debut when she was 11 years old, appearing in an 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 both Suzanne Shaw and Kimberley Walsh to obtain the role of Maria Sutherland in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, where she has been at the centre of some of the show's biggest and central story lines. 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 the show in May 2010.
Dancing on Ice
In January 2013, Ghadie was a competitor in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with French profesional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon. She sustained a concussion a few days into the pre-series training. Ghadie was eliminated in Week 8 of the competition losing out in a skate off to Luke Campbell.
Awards and nominations
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 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 and decision. 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. In March 2015, Ghadie announced that she is expecting a baby with her partner, French professional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon. They became engaged in May 2015.
Ghadie has appeared twice on the ITV show 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. 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.
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