Maria Connor’s (Samia Ghadie) underhand scheming is to be exposed in an upcoming episode, leaving Tyrone (Alan Halsall) and Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) in a state of shock.
The unmasking comes after the police tell Fiz that Kirsty is not behind the recent spate of texts that have been sent to Ty. But when Fiz decides to ring the offending number, Tyrone gets a shock when he sees Fiz’s name flashing on Maria’s phone.
“It soon dawns on Tyrone that Maria is behind the texts. It’s disturbing for Tyrone as he trusted Maria and to find out that his friend is the one that has caused his family so much fear and heartache is horrible,” says actor Alan Halsall.
So what happens when Tyrone confronts Maria? “He’s really angry with her, especially because she tried to come between him and Fiz. He’s disgusted with her behaviour and can’t stand to be around her. The woman he’s looking at isn’t his friend; she’s a stranger. He feels like he doesn’t know her.”
And Tyrone isn’t the only one shocked by Maria’s actions. Audrey (Sue Nicholls) is horrified when she finds out how Maria pretended to be Maria and angry when she realises David knew. A clearly distressed Maria looks to her brother Kirk (Andy Whyment) for support, but the issue is whether FIz and Tyrone will be able to forgive her for what she’s done.
“Tyrone can’t forgive Maria right now. She’s betrayed his trust and that’s an important part of any friendship for Tyrone,” continues Halsall. “I’m hoping that in the future he can forgive her and they can salvage some of their friendship. They’ve known each other for so long, it would be a shame if they no longer spoke. But Maria has a lot of making up to do.”
Viewers will see Kirk advise a broken Maria to flee the Street and visit their parents in Cyprus. But can Tyrone and Fiz be convinced to drop the charges, having gone to the police following the incendiary revelation? Find out next week whether Maria will face the music or be able to escape her demons away from Weatherfield.