Samia Smith is excited about taking part in her second Coronation Street live episode.

The actress, who plays Maria Connor, joined the show in 2000, when it broadcast its first live episode.

Another one is planned for later this year, when the soap turns 50.

On the red carpet at the TV Choice awards, Samia said: “I’m very excited about the prospect of doing another live episode.

“I did the first one for the 40th and the last 10 years have zipped by.

“I’ve forgotten how nerve-wracking it was so I don’t know how I’ll be on the night.”

The 50th anniversary storylines will include a devastating tram crash that is set to kill off key characters.

Although the identities of the victims have not been made public, Samia said: “I think most people who are going know they are going.”

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