JUST two years ago, Antonella Brollini was working as a receptionist. Today, she is receiving offers to travel the world, is the resident ‘agony aunt’ for two leading ladies’ magazines and is getting ready to go on a fitness tour after losing a six stone in 2018.

The 44-year-old is set to appear on screens across the country in a new BBC show which will air in April, the title of which is still to be revealed.

Speaking about the past year, Antonella, from Haslingden, said: “It’s been incredible. I started my agony aunt videos on social media and before I knew it I had been asked to write my own column.”

In her column Ask Aunty Nelly, which appears in Chat magazine, the mum-of-one deals with a wide spectrum of issues from readers, from relationship troubles to problems surrounding health or finances.

But when asked why so many people get in touch for advice, Antonella admitted it was probably due to her ability to maintain a no-nonsense approach while also acting as an aunt-like figure.

She said: “People know what they are getting with me. I feel I’m approachable, honest and I tell it like it is."

“When people need help they come to me - god help them!”

All joking aside, Antonella said she does feel an element of pressure, despite the fact that giving advice comes easily to her.

She said: “It can be a lot of pressure when you’re dealing with other people’s real-life issues and but I always do my best to signpost people to the right places and I’ve learned a lot over the year about how I can help.”

On top of her two magazine columns, she continues to run her clothes boutique Ruby & Daisy, has been filming for a new TV show and is preparing to tour the country with celebrity fitness coach David Souter.

The Beyond The Warm-Up tour, which starts at the end of January, will allow people to meet Antonella and David to learn about her fitness journey. There will also be celebrity guests, live exercise classes and and a Q&A at each session.

Speaking about what compelled her to change her lifestyle, Antonella admitted a stark warning from the doctor had forced her to act.

She said: “I was warned about changing my lifestyle and I had to act. I’ve now lost six stone and my health has improved massively."

“I want others to realise that they can make the change too. It’s not about fad diets and slimming pills - it’s about eating less and moving more.

“If I can do it, anybody can!”