AJ Odudu

Onatejiro "AJ" Odudu (born 12 February 1988)[1] is a British television presenter, best known for co-presenting the Channel 5 reality show spin-off Big Brother's Bit on the Side, alongside Emma Willis and Rylan Clark, in 2013.

AJ Odudu
Onatejiro Odudu

(1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 33)
Alma materKeele University
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active2009–present
EmployerChannel 5
TelevisionBig Brother's Bit on the Side (2013)
Trending Live!

Early life and educationEdit

Odudu was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. Her parents are Nigerian and she is one of eight children.[2] Odudu attended St Bede's RC High School[2] and St Mary's College. She later graduated with a degree in English and politics from Keele University.[2]


Odudu began her career as a reporter for BBC Blast based at Radio Lancashire. Her first presenting roles began in 2009 on the BBC Two series The Almost Perfect Guide to Life[2] and on The 5:19 Show, an online show on the BBC website,[3] having previously served as the latter's 'raving reporter'.[4] In 2010, she was a guest on 100 Greatest Toys, a one-off special broadcast on Channel 4.[citation needed] She starred as herself in Comedy Lab in 2011[citation needed] and co-presented Sky Arts' coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival 2012.[2]

In June 2013, Odudu began presenting Big Brother's Bit on the Side with Rylan Clark and Emma Willis, and then Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Psych from August 2013. Her departure from the show was confirmed in November 2013, being replaced by Celebrity Big Brother 12 contestant and former Loose Women panellist, Carol McGiffin.[5]

In August 2013, Odudu launched her own blog on Hello magazine's UK website.[6]

Odudu currently hosts 4Music programme, Trending Live!, with Jimmy Hill and Vick Hope.[7]

She regularly presented the online Facebook quiz game "Confetti" in March-April 2019.


Year Title Note
2009 The Almost Perfect Guide to Life Co-presenter
The 5:19 Show Co-presenter
2010 Teensville: Teen Witches Presenter
100 Greatest Toys Guest
2011 Dirty Digest Panellist
Comedy Lab Herself
2012 Isle of Wight Festival 2012 Co-presenter
2013 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Co-presenter
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side Co-presenter
2014 Fake Reaction Panelist
2015–16 The Hot Desk Presenter
2018 Manhunting with My Mum Presenter
2019– The Voice UK Backstage presenter
The Voice Kids Backstage presenter
2019 Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins Contestant
2020 The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice Series 4; Episode 1 - Herself
The Chase: Celebrity Special Series 11; Episode 3 - Herself
Richard Osman's House of Games Series 4; Episodes 16-20 - Herself
Don't Rock the Boat Co-presenter
2021 Would I Lie To You? Herself


  1. ^ "A.J. Odudu". www.listal.com. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Blackburn's Big Brother presenter AJ Odudu is our bit on the side". This Is Lancashire. Newsquest (North West). 15 July 2013.
  3. ^ "The 5:19 Show". BBC Switch.
  4. ^ "Blackburn student lands BBC presenting job". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest (North West). 5 January 2009.
  5. ^ Hewett, Emily (27 November 2013). "Carol McGiffin lands Celebrity Big Brother job, AJ Odudu gets the chop". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved 27 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Welcome to my blog!". 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Hanging out with the 4Music cool kids, AJ Odudu and James Hill". TMRW Magazine. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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