Hankies At The Ready For Corrie’s Maria

Hello and welcome to A Slice Of Soap. It’s time for more gossip and the big news is that a devastating storyline is coming to Coronation Street in the next few days. Now I’ve got to admit, I really wouldn’t miss hairdresser Maria if she wasn’t in Corrie anymore. I’m still mourning the terrible loss of Vera Duckworth and the brilliant Cilla Battersby-Brown, but I’ve always found Maria a bit of a weak character. It’s almost like she’s there to make up the numbers. Well, actress Samia Smith’s finally got a chance to show her acting chops with a massive storyline.  

I don’t think I need to add a spoiler as Corrie producers haven’t exactly kept it a secret that Maria’s pregnancy takes a tragic turn. Already aware that her baby is in trouble, she goes through an arduous labour (is there any other kind?) and gives birth to a stillborn baby. 

Actress Samia Smith said: "I was really pleased that they trusted me enough, to give me a big storyline like this. But at the same time, I was quite scared about doing it. I wanted to do justice to the thousands of women who go through this experience every year. It’s been a really draining experience because you can’t fail to be moved by the story. Just reading the script is tear-jerking."

Maria is too scared to tell hubby Liam (Rob James Collier) the truth, so she goes through the ordeal alone. "She tries to tell him," the actress says: "But he’s so busy telling her what a wonderful dad he’s going to be and how much he’s looking forward to life with the baby, that the moment just goes. She’s just so heartbroken by what he’s saying. Then the next day she has to go and give birth to the stillborn baby on her own."

Without a doubt, this is the most challenging thing she’s ever done on the soap. She acknowledges this too: "Probably the hardest scene was the one where I had to give birth. That’s something that all mothers go through so I wanted to get it just right. We had a midwife on set to help me. The funeral scenes were hard too. I really rely on the scripts, which are incredibly well researched and written, because thankfully I’ve never had any personal experience of what Maria’s going through." In real life Samia is lucky enough to be part of a stable and happy relationship. She married property developer Matt Smith two years ago, and says that after a long day’s filming, she loves going back to their home.

Incredibly, lovely Samia has been in the soap for eight years now. Eight years! Eight years! What’s she done in all that time? I can barely remember any of her storylines – apart from the fling with psycho Charlie. Contrast that with Becky Granger (played by Katherine Kelly) – she’s only been in the soap two years but she’s made a huge impression. Samia girl, you need to get those writers to give you meatier storylines more often…

Gus Watch
There once was a binman named Gus
A character easy to suss 
He’s good with a rhyme
But a real waste of time
So he’s goneski without too much fuss…

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That’s it for now. Join me on Monday for a preview of all the week’s soaps. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.

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