Strictlys AJ Odudu secret Corrie past exposed as former co-star shows support

Most people will know AJ Odudu from her various presenting gigs including her time on The Voice UK and her co-hosting role alongside Mo Gilligan on The Big Breakfast.

But that’s not how the northern star started out her TV career, as Janette Manrara revealed her secret acting stint before she found her footing in presenting on Monday's instalment of It Takes Two.

When the 33-year-old first started her TV career at the age of 21, she took the plunge into the acting world and regularly appeared as an extra on the popular ITV soap Coronation Street.

Born and bred in Blackburn, the Lancashire lass shared her acting history when she appeared alongside her first-time Strictly Come Dancing professional Kai Widdrington.

As former pro dancer Janette stepped into Zoe Balls’ presenting shoes for the first time, the brunette beauty quizzed AJ on her acting history.

She asked: “You were an extra on Coronation Street a while back, right?”

To which AJ enthusiastically confirmed: “Yes back in the day.”

It appears as though her minor role was not forgotten amongst her former co-stars as they continue to cheer her on from the Cobbles.

Fellow actor Antony Cotton, who plays the role of Sean Tully on the long-standing show, tweeted out his glowing praise and support for the northern star after he watched the first live show last Saturday.

He penned: “Well @AJOdudu must be protected at all costs. Beautiful, funny, a smile from ear to ear, legs up to her eyeballs and probably the most northern gov I've ever heard on my telly.

“She is quite simply, magnificent #Strictly2021.”

And it was clear to see AJ was completely over the moon with the news as Janette shared his message with her fellow Strictly star on the show after they topped the leaderboard on Saturday night.

Blown away by his message, AJ excitedly responded: “Wow! Oh my word, I'm actually star-struck. I can’t believe it – I'm absolutely buzzing.”

This comes after the performer shared the news that the hottest Strictly couple will be dancing the Foxtrot this week as fans eagerly await to see that the stunning presenter brings to the stage.

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