Corrie's Samia Ghadie is bringing her own touch of glamour to East Cheshire Hospice's fund

PUBLISHED: 14:32 13 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:12 04 April 2016

Samia Smith at the British Soap Awards, picture by Rex Features

Samia Smith at the British Soap Awards, picture by Rex Features

Coronation Street's Samia Ghadie is bringing her own touch of glamour to East Cheshire Hospice's fundraising campaign. She shares her style and beauty secrets with us<br/>WORDS BY AMANDA GRIFFITHS

Samia Smith as Maria Connor with Will Thorp who plays ChrisSamia Smith as Maria Connor with Will Thorp who plays Chris

She may play a hairdresser but Samia Ghadie admits she’s always being told off by her own hair stylist for using ‘any old product that’s in the cupboard’ on her own tresses!

‘It’s terrible,’ laughs the 29 year-old mother-of-one who lives in Wilmslow. ‘I’m always getting told off by my hairdresser for not using ‘good’ shampoos; I just use whatever is in the bathroom really!

‘I have to say I swear by Elnett hairspray; that’s my saving grace! My hair is quite wavy and tends to frizz up if it gets damp.’

Samia’s on-screen character, Maria Connor, is always immaculately dressed without a hair out of place, so does being on one of the nation’s most popular soaps mean that Samia feels the pressure to keep up appearances off screen as well?

Samia Smith, picture by Rex FeaturesSamia Smith, picture by Rex Features

‘Obviously you do feel more pressure knowing you could get photographed; certainly more than if you were just working in an office; but you get used to it over the years.

‘To be honest off the set I tend to dress in comfortable clothes and shoes, especially when you’re running after a two year old!

‘I have made hundreds of fashion mistakes over the years and having grown up on Coronation Street it means I’ve made them all in the public eye. I remember one year at the Baftas, I was only about 18 and wore jeans with a blue corset top with ‘I love freedom’ and the American flag on the back. Looking back that was a pretty bad move.

‘I also had blue hair extensions. I think the only reason I got away with it was because I was so young. I wouldn’t dream of wearing that now,’ she laughs.

Having blossomed on our screens from a kennel maid mainly dressing in jeans and jumpers to a glamorous hairdresser, with some dramatic storylines under her belt, it’s no wonder Samia has, over the years, been nominated for her fair share of ‘sexiest actress’ awards.

While she is flattered by these she also downplays them: ‘It’s daft really! Obviously it’s nice to be nominated and flattering that people think of you in that way, but I try not to place any importance on them!’

As one of several glamorous characters currently on The Street, does Samia have any tips for people out there keen to imitate her seemingly effortless style?

‘I’d say don’t just go for whatever is in fashion, go for what suits you and your body shape,’ she says, which is exactly what she does.

‘I dress for me and don’t really dress in really high fashion stuff; I tend to play it safe and go for the classics,’ she says. ‘I choose things that are never going to go out of fashion. I’d always advocate a classic piece, that way you can mix and match.

‘I tend to shop mostly on the high street, because it’s just so good and I can’t really justify spending money on designer labels. I really like French Connection.

‘In Coronation Street my character wears a lot of Zara and Mango, so I tend not to shop there myself, mostly because Maria’s got most of the clothes already so I can always borrow them from her!

‘I only really go for the designer stuff for awards ceremonies, I’ve got a lot of dresses from Whistles and Reiss but for really posh dresses I’ll go to BCBG in Harvey Nichols or pick something up from Marc at Marc Jacobs.’ And although people often believe that celebrities have been styled within an inch of their life at the various award ceremonies we see them at this is far from the truth for Samia.

‘I usually put my outfits together myself, although we get our hair and make up done by Art Deco; the Corrie bosses like to ensure we’re all going to look all right on the night,’ she says.

However, in the last few years Samia has been wearing a more casual uniform as she’s taken part in midnight walks and the Manchester run to help raise funds and awareness for East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield, a charity close to her heart.

‘I got involved with them after my dad passed away at the hospice,’ she says. ‘I don’t know what we as a family would have done without them; we didn’t have the knowledge or the equipment to look after him at home.
‘I wanted to do some work for them as a thank you for all they’d done for us. I’ve done the midnight walk and Manchester run and been down a few times talking to the patients.

‘It’s funny, before dad went in there I’d been to visit other hospices but it wasn’t until I’d had first hand experience that I realised they’re not sad places. It’s surprising how happy patients are; the staff are lovely and upbeat and I find it a really positive experience.

‘We’re trying to help raise awareness of the work they do because they need to raise almost £6,000 a day to keep going and the government provide less than 23 per cent of the funds they need; they have to raise the rest themselves.

‘There’s some Help the Hospices events this month that I’ll be getting involved with and if anyone else wants to donate to the hospice, whether it’s their time or money just give them a call.’ n

Did you know?

• East Cheshire Hospice is based in Macclesfield and is supported by more than 500 local volunteers, helping staff care for patients throughout Cheshire and parts of North Derbyshire.

• It has a 15 bed In-patient unit where patients can stay for end of life care, rehabilitation, symptom control or respite care. The unit is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

• Last year the hospice had 335 admissions into the patient Unit and 2,270 attendances in the Day Care Centre.

• All services are free of charge to patients. hospice receives less than 23 per cent of annual costs from the government so has to raise almost £6,000 each day to maintain its service.

• To volunteer your time or make a donation call 01625 610364 or see

The print version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Cheshire Life 

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