Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie has revealed she wants her character, Maria Connor, to get back together with her childhood sweetheart Tyrone Dobbs.

Maria is headed for more heartbreak in the New Year as gay boyfriend Marcus Dent is set to fall for Todd Grimshaw, with actor Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus, leaving the soap.

Samia told Inside Soap: “I really enjoyed her being with Tyrone. I think everyone fondly remembers Maria and Tyrone being together, which is nice.

“You never know, they might get back together – stranger things have happened.”

Maria entered Coronation Street as Tyrone’s love interest in 2000, but they called off their engagement two years later when Tyrone fell for Fiz Brown. Tyrone and Fiz have recently found love together again after both experiencing very difficult relationships.

Samia also admitted she would miss working with Charlie.

She said: “He’s lovely, he’s so easy to work with – it will be strange not having him around.

“Obviously I knew that Maria and Marcus wouldn’t stay together, because Maria’s love life never runs smoothly and Marcus is gay!

“I knew they were doomed, so I knew that me and Charlie wouldn’t be working closely forever. But I was really sad to hear that he was going.”