Maria will be among the Weatherfield residents who have a big role to play when evil Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) stands trial for raping Carla Connor (Alison King) early next year.
The hairdresser has first hand experience of Frank's nasty side as he previously tried to force himself on her during an informal business meeting at his home.
Ghadie, who is mum to 2-year-old Freya, told OK Extra: "Since coming back from maternity leave, I haven't been involved in anything too demanding. I've been able to spend quite a bit of quality time with Freya.
"It's all going to kick off next year, when Maria gets involved in Frank's rape trial. There will be some explosive viewing."
She continued: "I've just signed for another year, so you'll be seeing plenty more of Maria! I love the show and I've been given some great storylines. I'm not thinking about anything else - it doesn't feel like the right time to leave at the moment."
Coronation Street fans have seen Frank grow closer to Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) in recent weeks, sparking fears that she could be his next target.
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