|Born||Samia Maxine Ghadie
(1982-07-13) 13 July 1982
Eccles, Greater Manchester, England
|Years active||1988, 1993–present|
|Television||Coronation Street (2000–present)
Dancing on Ice (2013)
|Spouse(s)||Matt Smith (m. 2005; div. 2011)
Sylvain Longchambon (m. 2016)
|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.
Samia Ghadie was born in Eccles, Greater Manchester to Joseph, a French–Lebanese shop owner and Patsy, an English actress whom he met whilst working in Abu Dhabi. Samia lived there for a period as a child. She has a brother named Tariq.
Samia first appeared as an extra in Coronation Street at the age of eight and 12 years later she became a regular on the show. She made her first credited TV appearance when she was 11 years old, appearing in an episode of Cracker (“The Big Crunch”). She also made appearances in Children’s Ward, Heartbeat, Doctors, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble (feature film) and the children’s series Life Force.
Samia’s big break came in 2000, when she beat both Suzanne Shaw and Kimberley Walsh to get 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 storylines. In Autumn 2009, she took a short break from her role as Maria in Coronation Street on maternity leave and resumed her role in the show in May 2010.
Samia won an episode of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes impersonating Holly Valance. She also made an appearance in Bo’ Selecta! in 2004 as part of a Coronation Street sketch along with co-star Suranne Jones.
Dancing on Ice
In January 2013, Samia was a competitor in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with French professional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon. However, she was concussed a few days into the pre-series training and unfortunately eliminated in week eight of the competition, losing out in a skate-off to Luke Campbell.
Samia has appeared twice on the ITV show All Star Family Fortunes. Her first appearance was in a Christmas special in December 2006, when she appeared as part of the Battersby-Brown family. Her second appearance was in May 2012, when she appeared with her own family.
Awards and nominations
Samia married Matt Smith, a property developer, at 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, following which she left Coronation Street temporarily on maternity leave. On 4 January 2011, she and her husband announced that they had separated by mutual agreement. On 4 November 2011, she revealed that she had reverted to her maiden surname of Ghadie following a decree absolute which had been granted the same day. In May 2015, she announced her engagement to French professional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon. They married in August 2016. Their son, Yves Joseph Longchambon, was born on 24 September 2015.