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Corrie star Smith has baby girl

Tony and Maria (Samia Smith) in Coronation Street
Maria (played by Samia Smith) faces an uncertain future

Coronation Street actress Samia Smith, who plays Maria Connor in the soap, has given birth to a baby girl.

The 27-year-old and her property developer husband Matt Smith have named the new arrival Freya, who weighed in at 7lbs 2oz (3.2kg).

"Everyone at Corrie is thrilled at the latest arrival to the Corrie family," said a spokesman for the ITV series.

Smith's character is about to be embroiled in an explosive storyline involving fiance Tony Gordon.


The return of his estranged wife Carla to the street puts Maria's future with Tony into jeopardy.

Alison King, the actress who plays Carla, is making a return to the show after maternity leave.

Smith, who announced her pregnancy just days after the death of her father, has been seen on screen wearing baggy clothes to cover her baby bump.

Her character Maria gave birth to baby Liam earlier this year on a beach, aided by Tony.

Her son was named after her late husband Liam, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2008, which had been organised by Tony.

Maria remains unaware of his involvement in Liam's death, while Carla discovered the truth before her departure from Weatherfield.

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