Coronation Street spoilers: Maria headed for breakdown after Marcus's betrayal, says Samia Ghadie

"We might see a side to Maria that we haven’t seen before and there’ll be some unexpected behaviour from her, I’m sure!"

Coronation Street spoilers: Maria headed for breakdown after Marcus's betrayal, says Samia Ghadie
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Maria is to face her worst nightmare next week when she finds boyfriend Marcus Dent in the arms of Todd Grimshaw.

In scenes to be aired on Monday 17 March, Maria will be seen planing to join Marcus on a visit to a showhouse that they’re viewing, little knowing that Todd has got there before her.

Inside the house, Todd and Marcus’s desire takes over, but as they kiss, Maria and Audrey are pulling up outside. Here, actress Samia Ghadie reveals all about the fallout that follows as Maria’s world collapses around her…

Has Maria had any suspicions that Marcus might fancy Todd?
No, not at all. Maria has asked Marcus so many times whether he’s sure about her and whether she’s enough for him. Every time she’s brought it up, he’s reassured her, which has put those suspicions to the back of Maria’s mind. Maria just thinks Todd is a good friend and that’s as far as it goes.

Do you think that Maria has been naive about Todd’s behaviour towards Marcus?
I’d say so, yes. She has been naive about the whole situation from start to finish. She’s been so consumed by her hunt for a new house - Maria’s got this image of the perfect family in a perfect home with a white picket fence and it’s distracted her from seeing the reality of the situation. She’s failed to see how strange it is that Todd appears everywhere they go and how much he’s been sniffing around Marcus.

Do you think it was always a possibility that Marcus was going to go off with another man?
Absolutely. I think Maria and Marcus were doomed from the start! They had such a great friendship, but the lines became blurred. Both of them started to see it as love and as something deeper than just friends. Essentially, all they were ever meant to be was just good friends - they fell in love with their friendship. Ultimately, Marcus is gay and there was always a danger that this would happen.

What does Maria think of Todd before she discovers what is going on?
Maria feels really sorry for Todd. He’s leaned on Maria and Marcus quite a bit and she thought it was because he felt left out of Jason’s relationship with his Dad. She’s happy to befriend him because he’s come back from London and doesn’t have many friends in Weatherfield anymore. She’s not seen anything sinister in his behaviour so she has no reason to suspect him.

Talk us through the moment Maria walks into the showhouse…
The moment Maria walks into the showroom with Audrey is just awful. She’s so excited to show Audrey her dream home. As they go into the house, they literally catch Todd and Marcus in a compromising situation! It’s horrendous for Maria, she’s completely stunned and it’s almost like it’s not happening. She just turns around and walks out. It’s like her world has come to a standstill. She’s devastated.

And what happens next?
Marcus quickly gets dressed and runs after her, but Audrey whisks Maria back to the Street in the car. Marcus follows them and tries to speak to Maria but she just flies at him. She loses it and lashes out at him.

Is she humiliated as well because Audrey was also there?
I don’t think it matters too much the grand scheme of things that Audrey was there. If anything, it was probably better for Maria that Audrey was there to calm her down and take her home. Audrey’s like family to Maria and she will always be there for her.

Is Maria also angry that Marcus was careless and did it in their dream home?
She’s furious that he’s done it full stop, regardless of where it was. The cherry on the cake was that he was caught in their dream house and he’s shattered her dreams completely.

Is it a knee jerk reaction when she tells Marcus that it’s over between them?
No, she means it. Her worst fears have been realised and she can’t get past that. There’s absolutely no chance that she could think of getting back with him. He’s done the one thing that she was most scared of him doing to her. Maria spent so much time defending their relationship and he’s betrayed her.

Maria finds out that Fiz had suspicions about Marcus and Todd - how does she react to that?
Maria is angry at the world and feels as though everyone is laughing at her, so when Fiz tells her this she goes mad. She tells Fiz that she doesn’t need enemies with friends like her and throws her out. Fiz argues back and asks Maria whether she would have believed her anyway if she had have told her.

What is her attitude towards Todd after she finds out about him and Marcus?
She wants to kill him. She is fuming with them both and can’t believe they could have done this to her.

Is she having to fight against her love for Marcus?
It’s so hard because she’s so hurt by it all. She loved him so much and she could see her future with him. Her world has come crashing down around her but she can’t just stop loving him. But then Maria hates him in equal measure.

Marcus begs Maria to give him a chance to talk…
Yes and that’s all she gives him. Maria literally gives him two minutes of her time and it’s Kirk who encourages her to do it. She’s sarcastic and cold towards him. She only does it so he can’t say he hasn’t had chance to explain.

What has she told Liam about what’s happened?
Marcus asks her that and Maria tells him that Liam isn’t quite ready for the truth! Even a couple of weeks down the line Liam is asking where Marcus is and she just doesn’t know what to tell him.

When Maria sees Todd and Marcus together in the Street, does she think they are an item?
Yes, her first thoughts are that they are now a couple. It’s like another kick in the teeth for Maria and she thinks everyone is in on it.

Will Maria have a bit of a breakdown because of this?
I think she’s heading for some sort of breakdown. We might see a side to Maria that we haven’t seen before and there’ll be some unexpected behaviour from her, I’m sure! It’s one betrayal too far, so all of her past tragedies will come to a head. She’s got no trust in anyone anymore.

Are you enjoying this storyline?
It’s fantastic to have this storyline and I knew it was always heading for disaster with Marcus. I’m pleased with the way it’s turned out because it’ll open a lot of avenues for Maria to explore. It’s going to create a lot more drama down the line...