Meet Rose Ayling-Ellis: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant and EastEnders star

Everything you need to know about Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Rose Ayling-Ellis.

We know the full Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up and we know the Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances that they will be performing in week one so now we just need to see the stars in action.


One of those stars is EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis announced as the 12th star set to take to the dance floor later this year and in week one she and her partner, Giovanni Pernice, will be dancing the Jive to Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.

Rose joins the likes of Sara Davies, AJ Odudu, Greg Wise and John Whaite. As the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly, Rose is ready to make an impression on the Strictly Come Dancing judges, including Anton Du Beke.

Ahead of her Strictly Come Dancing dancing debut, here’s everything you need to know about Rose.

Who is Rose Ayling-Ellis?

Age: 31

Job: Actress

Partnered with: Giovanni Pernice

Instagram: @rose.a.e

Twitter: @RoseAylingEllis

Rose is best known for playing Frankie Lewis, EastEnders’ first deaf character. She also appeared in Casualty, where she played Bianca Sinclair.

Rose Ayling-Ellis plays Esther in Summer of Rockets

In 2019, Rose starred as Esther in the BBC Two miniseries Summer of Rockets alongside Keeley Hawes, Linus Roache, Timothy Spall and Toby Stephens.

Rose has also starred in short films, including the award-winning drama The End.

Rose’s Strictly journey

Following the news that she would be joining Strictly, Rose, who uses British Sign Language (BSL), said she was both excited and a little scared to be joining the line-up.

“To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary,” she explained. “It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open! I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers.

“But I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill and even better I get to learn whilst wearing beautiful dresses made especially for me!”

Could she claim this year’s coveted Glitterball trophy? We will have a better idea when her journey really begins this coming weekend – good luck, Rose!


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