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Corrie’s Samia Longchambon signs huge deal to stay on the soap

Coronation Street‘s Samia Longchambon has reportedly signed a new contract to stay on the soap following the recent walk out of several key stars.

The actress, 36, has apparently signed a 12-month contract to stay on the show which promises some huge story lines Samia’s character Maria Connor.

Corrie bosses were said to be keen to keep Maria on the show, after the programme was allegedly thrown into chaos when seven actors decided to quit the soap.

Not going anywhere! Coronation Street's Samia Longchambon has reportedly signed a new contract to stay on the soap following the recent walk out of several key star (pictured May 2019)

Not going anywhere! Coronation Street’s Samia Longchambon has reportedly signed a new contract to stay on the soap following the recent walk out of several key star (pictured May 2019)

A soap insider told The Sun: ‘Samia has just signed a new deal to keep her on the cobbles until 2020.

‘Bosses were determined not to lose another major cast member. Viewers will also be pleased to hear that Samia will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.’

Coronation Street declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.

Here to stay: The actress, 36, has apparently signed a 12-month contract to stay on the show which promises some huge story lines Samia's character Maria Connor (pictured 2018)

Here to stay: The actress, 36, has apparently signed a 12-month contract to stay on the show which promises some huge story lines Samia’s character Maria Connor (pictured 2018)

During her 19 year stint on the show, Maria has been apart of some huge heartbreaking story lines, including giving birth to a stillborn baby.

She also married Liam Connor who was then tragically murdered following his scandalous affair with his fiery sister-in-law Carla Connor. 

Maria also fell in love with her gay best friend Marcus Dent after they shared a shock kiss while he was dating Aiden Lester and she was in a relationship with Jason Grimshaw.

Chaos: Corrie bosses were said to be keen to keep Maria on the show, after the programme was allegedly thrown into chaos when seven actors decided to quit the soap (pictured September 2018)

Chaos: Corrie bosses were said to be keen to keep Maria on the show, after the programme was allegedly thrown into chaos when seven actors decided to quit the soap (pictured September 2018)

A soap insider told The Sun : 'Samia has just signed a new deal to keep her on the cobbles until 2020 (pictured in 2018)

A soap insider told The Sun : ‘Samia has just signed a new deal to keep her on the cobbles until 2020 (pictured in 2018)

Her co-star Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Vicar Billy Mayhew in Coronation Street, also recently confirmed that he will not be leaving the soap anytime soon and shared that there is not a crisis following a slew of stars quitting the show. 

The actor, 39, who joined the soap in December 2016, revealed he has renewed his contract for a year in an interview with The Sun at the British Soap Awards in Manchester last month.

Daniel told the publication: ‘It’s good, I genuinely love it there. I’m in my sixth year and I’ve got some wonderful friends.’

Going nowhere: Daniel Brocklebank, 39, who plays Vicar Billy Mayhew in the fictional town of Weatherfield in Coronation Street revealed he has renewed his contract for another year

Going nowhere: Daniel Brocklebank, 39, who plays Vicar Billy Mayhew in the fictional town of Weatherfield in Coronation Street revealed he has renewed his contract for another year

Making reference to the reports of a crisis, following a number of cast members leaving since January, the star said: ‘Whenever there’s a new producer that comes in, there’s always going to be a change. I’m sticking around. I’ve just signed up for another year.’

Daniel’s comments come after it was reported that ‘poor wages and exhausting hours’ were to blame for seven cast members quitting the soap in three months.

Sources told The Irish Sun that the recent increase in departures stems from a ‘poisonous atmosphere’ backstage, after Lucy Fallon announced at the start of May that she would be leaving the soap in 2020.

Sticking around: The actor, who joined the soap in December 2016, also added that there is no crisis following seven stars recently announcing they leaving the show

Sticking around: The actor, who joined the soap in December 2016, also added that there is no crisis following seven stars recently announcing they leaving the show 

It comes as Lucy joined co-stars Faye Brookes, Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn who have decided to leave the soap in the coming months, as they hope to find the same success as ex-stars Michelle Keegan and Katherine Kelly.

Lucy announced that she had quit Coronation Street, four years after first joining the cast as teen Bethany Platt.

In a statement she told MailOnline: ‘After the most incredible 4 years, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave Coronation Street at the end of my contract in 2020.

Shocking: Coronation Street has been reported to have been plunged into crisis, with 'poor wages and exhausting hours' to blame for seven cast members quitting the soap

Shocking: Coronation Street has been reported to have been plunged into crisis, with ‘poor wages and exhausting hours’ to blame for seven cast members quitting the soap

Raging: Sources told The Irish Sun that the increase in departures stems from a 'poisonous atmosphere' backstage, after Lucy Fallon (above) announced she would be leaving in 2020

Raging: Sources told The Irish Sun that the increase in departures stems from a ‘poisonous atmosphere’ backstage, after Lucy Fallon (above) announced she would be leaving in 2020

‘It’s hard to put into words how much this show means to me. I’ve made lifelong friends with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry, I’ve had some terrific and immensely important storylines and I’ve laughed with the best people everyday.’

The star added: ‘I’m so thankful to Iain and everyone at Coronation Street, I owe everything to them and I will miss them greatly.’

Lucy then went onto clarify her decision in a tweet, writing: ‘My decision to leave was made in August last year and has nothing to do with ANYONE at Coronation Street. I didn’t make it lightly and I am going to miss every single person there.’

Goodbye! After confirming her exit in a statement to MailOnline, Lucy insisted her Twitter her departure 'has nothing to do with anyone' who works on the show

Goodbye! After confirming her exit in a statement to MailOnline, Lucy insisted her Twitter her departure ‘has nothing to do with anyone’ who works on the show

They're going! Lucy's departures means a total of four cast members have quit the soap, including Faye Brookes

I'm off! Katie McGlynn is also reportedly leaving the soap, but this has not been officially confirmed

They’re going! Lucy’s departures means a total of four cast members have quit the soap, including Faye Brookes (left) and reportedly Katie McGlynn (right)

The beauty has joined stars such as Faye Brookes, Katie McGlynn and Kym Marsh who have recently decided to leave the soap, with a total of seven stars quitting in the last three months alone.

It was also previously claimed that recurring actor Liam Bairstow would be taking a break from the soap, as he took to social media to announce he had wrapped filming as Alex Warner.

Bosses have since clarified that Liam will be back on set later this month, and Alex is by no means leaving the show.

Bye! Rana exited Corrie in March after she was brutally killed off in the Underworld Factory roof collapse

Bye! Rana exited Corrie in March after she was brutally killed off in the Underworld Factory roof collapse

It has since been reported that upset has been brewing behind the scenes, as many of the soap’s newer stars are unhappy with the vast differences in salary.

The publication claimed that veteran cast members such as William Roache (Ken Barlow) are on a staggering £250,000 a year, while newcomers are paid just £50,000, with their fee dependant on appearances.

Simon Gregson (who plays Steve McDonald) also allegedly earns around £150,000 and Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) is on a reported £170,000.

New pastures: Tristan has also tweeted he will be leaving Corrie later this year, four years after joining as Tracy Barlow's ex-husband

New pastures: Tristan has also tweeted he will be leaving Corrie later this year, four years after joining as Tracy Barlow’s ex-husband

A source added that the pay gaps have been an ‘open secret’ among the cast, with many stars earning more money for far less screen time.

They said: ‘Lucy is just the latest to get fed up of seeing great opportunities go to waste because Corrie won’t let her take them on.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Coronation Street for comment.

Number one suspect! The hunky chef is currently a prime suspect in the Underworld Factory collapse

Number one suspect! The hunky chef is currently a prime suspect in the Underworld Factory collapse

The publication also claims that even minor stars on BBC rival EastEnders earn more cash than Corrie’s counterparts.

This also comes despite EastEnders seeing lower ratings than its ITV rivals, and producing four episodes a week to Corrie’s six.

It has also been claimed that cast members are demanding producers lift a ban on stars appearing in panto, which has in recent years allowed actors to net a reported £200,000. 

Controversial: It has since been reported that upset has been brewing behind the scenes, as many of the soap's newer stars are unhappy with the vast differences in salary

Controversial: It has since been reported that upset has been brewing behind the scenes, as many of the soap’s newer stars are unhappy with the vast differences in salary

Coronation Street: Who’s Quit?

Gone: Lucy will leave Corrie in 2020, after five years of playing Bethany Platt

Gone: Lucy will leave Corrie in 2020, after five years of playing Bethany Platt

Lucy Fallon – plays Bethany Platt

Lucy is set to leave the soap in 2020, five years after joining the cast as teen Bethany. 

In a statement the star said she’s made the ‘extremely difficult decision’ to leave the show, after earning much praise for a 2017 storyline which saw her character be groomed and abused.

Katie McGlynn – plays Sinead Tinker

It has been reported that Katie will be leaving Corrie later this year after six years on the show.

The star is currently playing out a storyline which has seen her character battle cervical cancer. 

A source told MailOnline: ‘This story still has a long way to go. Any speculation threatens to undermine the storyline for viewers’ 

Faye Brookes – plays Kate Connor

Faye took to Twitter to announce that she was ‘off to pastures new,’ four years after joining the cast as Carla Connor’s half-sister Kate.

Leaving: Tristan Gemmill is also set to leave his role as chef Robert Preston

Leaving: Tristan Gemmill is also set to leave his role as chef Robert Preston

The character – who has had much support from the soap’s LGBTQ fanbase – has had a fair share of heartache, following her brother Aidan’s suicide, and fiancé Rana’s death in the factory roof collapse.

Tristan Gemmill – plays Robert Preston

Tristan has also tweeted he will be leaving Corrie later this year, four years after joining as Tracy Barlow’s ex-husband.

The hunky chef is currently a prime suspect in the Underworld Factory collapse.

Kym Marsh – plays Michelle Connor

In February Kym told The Sun she would be leaving Corrie later this year to explore other roles.

Michelle has been at the centre of many hard-hitting storylines, including the stillbirth of her son Ruari in 2017.

Off she goes! Kym Marsh will also leave the cobbles after 13 years on the soap

Off she goes! Kym Marsh will also leave the cobbles after 13 years on the soap

Bhavna Limbachia – played Rana Habeeb

Rana exited Corrie in March after she was brutally killed off in the Underworld Factory roof collapse.

Bhavna had previously announced she would be leaving the soap, but it had been implied she had several more months before her exit would air.

Connie Hyde – played Gina Seddon

Gina’s exit also aired following the factory collapse, after she struggled to reconcile with her sister Sally and was repeatedly blamed for the tragedy.   

After her exit scenes aired, Connie announced she had quit the soap after two years in the cast.

Daily Mail UK

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