Coronation Street actors Samia Ghadie and Will Thorp have split up ahead of the actress’ appearance on Dancing on Ice.

In addition to being in a relationship off-screen, Ghadie, who plays Maria Connor on the soap and Thorp, who plays Chris Gray were also a couple in the soap.

The 30-year-old actress began dating 35-year-old Thorp just weeks after both of their marriages ended in 2011.

Speaking about their recent break-up, Ghadie said simply: "We've split up - that's it."

The actress is set to skate with Sylvain Longchambon, 32, in the new Dancing on Ice series, which starts on Sunday, January 6.