Samia Ghadie has reportedly signed a £100,000+ contract to stay another year on Corrie's cobbles.

The 30 year-old actress, who has played Maria on Coronation Street for 13 years, has been offered a salary to rival some of the soap's biggest and longest-serving stars.

Ghadie's contract will ensure she continues playing her role until mid-2014.

Viewers have recently watched Maria fall in love and move in with gay character Marcus Dent. Fans watched the fall-out this week from the couple attending a friend's wedding reception, with Marcus getting flack from hiding his relationship with Maria.