Booking Agent for Coronation Street’s Samia Longboncham (Maria Conner)

Samia Longchambon
Ghadie on the Coronation Street float atManchester Pride in 2011
Born Samia Maxine Ghadie 13 July 1982 (age 34) Eccles, Greater Manchester, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Employer ITV
Television Coronation Street (2000–present) Dancing On Ice (2013)
Spouse(s) Matt Smith (m. 2005; div. 2011) Sylvain Longchambon (m. 2016)
Children 2
Parent(s) Patsy Ghadie and Joseph Ghadie (d. 2009)
Samia Maxine Longchambon (née Ghadie, previously Smith; born 13 July 1982) is a British actress. She is best known for playing the role of Maria Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 2000.

Early life

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.[1][2] She has a brother named Tariq.

Career

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, There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (Feature Film) 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.[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 the show in May 2010. Ghadie won an episode of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes impersonating Holly Valance.[4]

Dancing on Ice

Main article: Dancing on Ice
In January 2013, Ghadie was a competitor in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with French professional 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

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

Ghadie married Matt 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 and decision.[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] In May 2015, she announced her engagement to French professional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon.[11] They married in August 2016.[12] Their son, Yves Joseph Longchambon, was born on 24 September 2015.[13] Ghadie's father, Joseph, died of cancer on 14 April 2009.[14]

Guest appearances

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.[15] 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.[16] - Contestant

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