Maria Connor shares a passionate kiss with Marcus Dent in tonight's (October 5) Corrie double bill following her breast cancer scare.
Speaking to TV Choice, the actress reflected: "I can understand it from Maria's point of view. She's fallen in love with her friend, Marcus.
"If he was straight it would be perfect, but she's kind of always pushed it to the back of her mind. It's not a lust thing. It's not like she really fancies him, she genuinely loves him. It goes beyond friendship."
Hairdresser Maria is currently in a relationship with old flame Jason Grimshaw, while Marcus recently embarked on a romance with work colleague Aiden.
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Ghadie's co-star Charlie Condou this week told Digital Spy that Marcus believes himself to be "in love" with Maria, but could not confirm whether his feelings will prove genuine.