A long suffering ‘Coronation Street’ is to find a new beau

CSMaria will get a new love interest on 'Coronation Street'.

The hairdresser, played by Samia Ghadie, is set to fall for mechanic Luke Britton (Dean Fagan) in the upcoming weeks and could find happiness after a series of disastrous relationships have earned her the nickname of Weatherfield's "black widow".

Dean said: "I'm pleased to be working with Samia. She said to me when we found out about their romance that she's the black widow of the ladies. I think Luke will try and mend Maria's heart."

Maria was left widowed when her husband Liam Connor was murdered by Tony Gordon. The cold-blooded killer then seduced Maria, but was killed in a factory fire.

The unlucky-in-love brunette also had a doomed fling with her gay best friend Marcus Dent and has recently been stalking her ex-boyfriend Tyrone Dobbs