Samia Longchambon shocked by number of men Corrie character Maria’s bedded
After 21 years of playing homewrecker Maria Connor, Samia Longchambon was shocked to learn she has only bedded 16 men on Corrie.
The actress believes researchers must have miscalculated when totting up how many lovers she has had during her time on the cobbles.
But despite Samia’s protests, Maria is still up there when it comes to the number of flings in the ITV show’s 60-year history – with only womaniser Ken Barlow having more at 25, according to a survey by BestBingoSites.
The star, who turns 40 next year, says with a chuckle: “I actually thought there’d be more than 16.
“They’ve definitely missed a few off. In 21 years I’m pretty sure there are more than 16. And I’m just behind Ken, that’s some company to be in, isn’t it?”
It’s a far cry from Samia’s own settled home life. The actress is happily married to Dancing on Ice’s Sylvain Longchambon. The couple live in Cheshire, with their son Yves, five and her 11-year-old daughter Freya, from her previous marriage.
Samia adds: “I wouldn’t cope with Maria’s life, I’m the complete opposite.
“She’s got a good heart, but she doesn’t make the best decisions. She goes all in and doesn’t do things by halves and that includes men.
“Maria’s life is often chaotic, but I’m happy being at home. My perfect evening is staying in with Freya, Sylvain and Yves, having dinner, watching a box set and just chilling out.”
Not that Samia will hear a bad word said against her character. She says: “I don’t think Maria has gone out on purpose to try to get as many notches on her bedpost as she can.
“She’s just a bit of a hopeless romantic who has just been searching for her prince all these years. She chooses the wrong guys. She’s been out with murderers, she’s been cheated on so many times and she’s had affairs. She definitely doesn’t have the best track record.”
As fresh-faced as ever it’s hard to believe that she will be 40 next July.
Samia says: “They say that age is a privilege denied to many, so in this day and age I’m fine with turning 40.
“In my mind and body I don’t feel any different to when I turned 30, so it really doesn’t bother me too much.”
Samia has featured in a host of dramatic storylines and she was centre stage again recently when Maria’s 12 year-old son Liam collapsed while playing football in the street.
When she discovered it was an asthma attack that could have been triggered by pollution she smashed up the Underworld factory van with a crowbar in mission to get diesel cars off the street.
Samia says: “It was great fun to film, I’m not going to lie. In what other job do you get told to literally let rip on a van with a crowbar?”
And she admits she’s just as protective about her own children – if not more so. Samia adds: “Freya is nearly 12 and started high school in September. It’s a whole new chapter of parenting when they get to this age and I’m just winging it every day, how to deal with the hormones and everything.
“She’s just started going out with her friends and walking to school, so I’ve got an app where I can track her every move. She doesn’t like it but I stalk her. I try not to put my anxieties on to them, but I do worry about them.
“I try to make them eat healthily and everywhere we go I do a health and safety assessment.”
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Samia has spoken candidly about her battle with anxiety in the past and took advantage of the second lockdown to study for a diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy, which she passed in summer.
She says: “CBT is recognised in the NHS as a great therapy.
“I went to see a psychotherapist for a while and that was helpful.
“But yoga has helped me the most. It slows my thoughts and calms them down. Recently I’ve tried meditation and I think there’s a lot to be said for confiding in your friends and family about your problems.”
Two years ago Samia trained to become a reflexologist. But she says: “With the pandemic I’ve not been allowed to touch anyone’s feet. I do it on myself and on Sylvain and the kids love a little foot rub. It means I’m refreshed with my knowledge, so I’ll be good to go when everything is back up and running.” Samia has also signed up to study for a diploma in Indian head massage.
She adds: “I thought it would complement my reflexology and then I can literally do head to toe.”
As for the future, Samia has no desire to head for pastures new at the moment and says she would not rule out still being on the cobbles in 20 or 30 years’ time. She says: “I do my courses and interesting work and my kids keep me very busy.
“I’m happy at Coronation Street and it would be nice to see what Maria is doing when she’s in her 60s. She’ll probably be doing similar stuff to what she’s doing now… making terrible decisions over men.”