Emmerdale star Lyndon Ogbourne said he’d love to work with ex-girlfriend Billie Piper one day.

The actor, who plays devious Nathan Wylde in the ITV1 soap, went to drama club with Billie when they were growing up in Swindon, Wiltshire, and the pair dated for a while.

Lyndon said: “We were close friends up until we were 16 or 17, then as soon as she got together with Chris Evans everything completely changed for her.

“I’d really like the opportunity to work with her. I think she wants to do a play back in London. Obviously she’s doing amazing film work and really taking off. But I always thought it would be quite funny to bump into her.

“To have that history of growing up together and to come back to together more grown up and say ‘we’re doing it! We’re getting away with it (being an actor)!”

The 26-year-old actor said he’s watched in admiration as the Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star’s career has rocketed, but is most impressed that she’s now a mother to baby Winston.

“She completely blossomed, not only into an amazingly successful girl, but I love the fact she’s a mum now. I think it’s amazing. I’m the broodiest boy in the world!:

Next week Emmerdale viewers will see Nathan lure Leyla Harding (Roxanne Ghawam-Shahidi) into bed after plying her with pearls and charm.