Samia Longchambon has urged Coronation Street fans to cut the show some slack in the coming weeks
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The 38-year-old actress – who plays Maria Connor in the ITV soap – and co-star Mikey North (Gary Windass) were forced to stay two metres apart while they filmed their wedding scenes due to social distancing measures.
Reflecting on the challenge of shooting the scenes, Samia told This Morning:
‘Oh, gosh. It was quite tricky and we’re just hoping our lovely viewers will cut us a bit of slack, and understand that, even though Maria and Gary live together, me and Mikey don’t.
‘So we still had to keep two metres apart. So, actually saying our vows, we’re actually two metres apart. And even putting the rings on, we had to do it really cleverly with the cameras.
‘The director was brilliant, so hopefully it’s done massively well and we won’t look like we’re so far apart. But… it was very strange’.
Samia also admitted there’s been a different on-set “feel” since the cast resumed filming.
‘Most of the chairs have been removed from the green room, and I think that’s so we’re not encouraged to go in there and have our chats.
‘It’s just a really different feel at the moment – it’s lovely, we’re super grateful that we can even get back to work. I know a lot of people aren’t as fortunate. So, we’re so grateful and we’re really pleased we can get the show back on.
‘But, yeah, it is strange. We’re sticking to the two-metre rule – I know in general it’s gone down to one metre, but we at ‘Corrie’ have decided to stick to two metres. It is different but it’s lovely to see everyone’.