Coronation Street spoilers: Maria to become “a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown”

A new storyline will see the life of Samia Ghadie's character "completely ripped apart"

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Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie) is to be driven to the brink of despair in the coming months in a storyline tied in to the burgeoning romantic tension between her boyfriend Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) and recent returnee Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley).

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“It’s going to be a really interesting time for Maria,” producer Stuart Blackburn today revealed to RadioTimes.com. “Her world is going to be completely ripped apart. She’ll become a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Todd is obviously back and he doesn’t think that Marcus is right for Maria. He’s going to push and push. He’s a damaged and dangerous Todd.”

A Corrie spokesperson added: “The storyline will take a turn that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. It’s really interesting and Samia is very excited by it.”

Speaking to RadioTimes.com last November, Ghadie confirmed that Maria and Marcus were headed for a split in 2014: “It’s about time they split us up. We’ve been so obviously happy – almost too happy for a show like this. We need a bit of unhappiness and to see Maria crying again.”

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But when asked whether her character should be paired up with another male resident of the Street, the actress commented: “She needs to be on her own again. There aren’t enough single mums on the show. And I think that, for a while, people won’t want to go near Maria. She’s just doomed. Plus, she’s pretty much had everyone!”