EastEnders star Ann Mitchell has said that she would love the soap’s bosses to sign up an American actor to play Cora Cross’s long-lost lover.

Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, Ann said that she was curious to know whether the father of her estranged daughter Ava would soon be arriving in Albert Square, now that she had been reunited with her.

“I’d love the writers to bring in Ava’s long-lost father,” Ann said. “Sometimes I’ve thought he might be an American. Whether he is actually American or just has been to America for years though, I don’t know.

“I’d love to see that, but whether or not it’s something EastEnders has considered, I’m not sure.”

The actress added that she thinks Cora would find it easy to track down the ex who broke her heart – and said she had even suggested it to the producers.

“In the world of Facebook and social networking it’s entirely possible that people can reconnect,” ann pointed out

“Sometimes, when you are young, you have a great love and later on compromise with the partner you choose – but that first great love never leaves you.

“People want to recapture that, which is why there are many cases of people leaving their marriages for that person they loved when they were much younger.”