A Blackburn-born presenter is in the running for a National Television Award (NTA).

AJ Odudu, a former St Bede’s High School pupil, has made the longlist for the presenter award.

She is now urging her fans to vote in order to make the shortlist.

The results of the awards show will be revealed when the show airs on ITV in September.

AJ said: “I have been longlisted for a presenter award at the NTAs this year. How fab! If you want to vote for me and get me on that shortlist then please do.”

AJ is best known for co-presenting the reboot of Big Brother, which aired last year.

AJ and Will Best also hosted the celebrity version of the reality show, which aired this year.

The 36-year-old has also bagged other hosting jobs over the years, including Channel 4’s The Big Interiors Battle, which aired last year, and mini-series Emma and AJ Get To Work, which aired on the W channel in 2021.

AJ isn’t the only East Lancashire celebrity in the running for an NTA.

Mr Bates vs. The Post Office, starring Accrington actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, has been nominated for best new drama.

Lee Mack,  who lived in The Centurion pub in Blackburn while growing up, could also come home with an award.

His show The 1% Club has been nominated for best quiz game show.

Nelson-born director, Jed Mercurio, released the second series of drama Trigger Point last year. It is nominated for best returning drama.

Cooking competition the Great British Menu is on the long list for best talent show. The latest series was won by Blackburn-born chef Kirk Haworth.

A spokesperson for the NTAs said: “The National Television Awards is Britain's leading TV awards event where all the winners are chosen exclusively by you.

“Millions of votes are cast each year via post, telephone and online. The results are revealed live on ITV in a spectacular celebration of the nation's most loved stars and shows.”