Corrie’s Samia Longchambon reveals heartbreaking Christmas tradition to remember her late dad 11 years after his death

CORONATION Street's Samia Longchambon revealed her heartbreaking Christmas tradition to remember her late dad 11 years after his death.

The actress, 38, lost her father Joseph in 2009 but she honours him on both his birthday in June and on Christmas.

Samia says she pours whisky on his grave – as that is his favourite drink.

Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: "I always go to the cemetery. My dad was a massive fan of whisky, so on his birthday in June we took a can of whisky and cola and poured it over the soil on his grave so he could have a drink.

"We'll probably do that again and lay some nice flowers. And we always toast to him. He might be gone but he'll never be forgotten."

The actress – best known for playing Maria Connor in the ITV soap – is married to Dancing On Ice professional Sylvain Longchambon.

She is mother to Freya, 11 – whose father is her ex-partner Matthew Smith – and her and Sylvain's son Yves, five.

The Sun revealed last month that the actress has signed a new contract to keep Maria on the cobbles for another year.

Contract talks had been put on hold for a number of actors in Weatherfield due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stars returned to work in June following lockdown in March – with reduced cast numbers and social distancing on set.

A source told The Sun: “Samia is delighted after all the uncertainty over the last few months.

"She knew she just had to be patient because a new deal was always going to be on the table. It was just a matter of when.”

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