AJ Odudu is one of the UK’s most exciting TV presenters, with bags of energy and her Lancashire charm. She is thrilled to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year on BBC! And will be hosting the new companion show for the UK's Married at First Sight spin off show on E4, Married at First Sight: Afters, a weekly instalment of behind the scenes gossip, cast interviews and celebrity guests. AJ also co-hosted C4's The Big Breakfast with Mo Gilligan, returning for a one off as part of C4's Black to Front takeover.
You'll likely know her from being the back-stage host of ITV’s The Voice & The Voice Kids. This year see's her showing off her culinary skills on ITV’s Cooking with the Stars, hosting ITV2's Apocalypse Wow and co-hosting revived Big Breakfast live alongside Mo Gilligan on C4 as part of their Black to Front day. Later this year she'll be on a mission to help families get their businesses back on track alongside Emma Willis in a brand new UKTV Original series Emma and AJ Get To Work...read more
She fronted ITV's Don’t Rock The Boat alongside Freddie Flintoff, which saw celebrities battle it out to row across Britain, and then not one to shirk a challenge herself, reached the final of the notoriously tough Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Channel 4 for Stand Up To Cancer.
AJ has ample live experience. She learnt her craft on BBC’s 5:19, going on to co-host Channel 5’s Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and Trending Live on 4Music. She has presented on ITV's Lorraine, This Morning and BBC's The One Show, and presented on the red carpet for the BRITS and TV BAFTA Awards 2021.
Born to Nigerian parents, AJ grew up with her seven siblings in Blackburn, and has a degree in English & Politics. Her love of writing has seen her write emotive articles on issues of relevance including Black Lives Matter for publications such as Vogue and Grazia. She is a current Contributing Editor for Grazia UK.
AJ's first major documentary, Manhunting With My Mum, aired in 2018 on Channel 4 to critical acclaim– the show’s success led to rave reviews. The documentary saw AJ and her mum travel around Nigeria in search of a husband!
Having bought her first property in 2019, AJ decided to document her DIY renovations on her home-specific Instagram channel @homewithaj. This has led to an army of fans in the lifestyle and interior design space, with the likes of Harper’s Bazaar UK championing her eye for detail in the home. A qualified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, AJ has a huge passion for health and fitness, proven by her high-standing in Women’s Health Magazine, and as Fitness Insider for The Evening Standard. With her down to earth nature and loyal fanbase she has had a variety of successful brand campaigns including Adidas, Visit England, John Lewis, Bumble and L’Oreal.