British actress known for playing Maria Connor on the soap opera Coronation Street.
She was born in Eccles and made her acting debut at age eleven on the show Cracker.
She placed fifty-third on FHM's '100 Sexiest Women in the World' list in 2003.
Her brother's name is Tariq. She was married to Matthew Smith to 2011. She married Sylvain Longchambon in 2016, with whom she has a daughter named Freya and a son named Yves.
She is known for her acting in the soap opera Coronation Street, along with co-star William Roache.