Samia Ghadie taking a break from Coronation Street
Samia Ghadie is preparing to take a break from 'Coronation Street'.
The 33-year-old actress - who plays Maria Connor in the ITV soap - is set to begin her maternity leave next week as she's expecting her first son with fiance Sylvain Longchambon.
She said: "So this week is my last full week at 'Corrie' for the next few months! I've got a couple more scenes to do next week and then my maternity leave officially starts.
"Everyone at work has been stopping me to ask how long I've got left as I'm looking so big now. I even did a scene the other day where they hid my bump behind a skip! So, as much as I love my job and all the people here, it's definitely time to go I think."
The blonde beauty - who met Sylvain when she was partnered with the professional ice dancer on 'Dancing on Ice' in 2013 - also revealed her six-year-old daughter Freya from her marriage to ex-husband Matthew Smith can't wait to meet her new brother.
Writing in her column for OK! Online she shared: "We had another scan at the hospital last week to check baby's position and see how he is growing. It was extra special because we took Freya with us so she got to have her first glimpse of her little brother.
"She was mesmerised and kept trying to kiss my belly whilst the sonographer was doing her thing! ... We can't wait to meet our little man in the flesh now!"