Strict winner Rose Ayling-Ellis leaves EastEnders

Rose Ayling-Ellis, champion of Serious Come Dancing, said she would “treasure” her time on EastEnders after announcing her departure from the BBC programme.

The 27-year-old, who plays Frankie Lewis, was the first deaf actor to play a normal character on the soap.

Since joining in 2020, Ayling-Ellis has been involved in several major storylines, including Frankie discovering she is the daughter of Danny Dyer’s character Mick Carter, who was abused as a child. .

Speaking of her departure, she said: “It is extremely special to be EastEnders’ first permanent deaf actor.

“I loved my time on the show and Frankie is a great character to play, however now feels like the right time for me to move on and I’m excited and up for the challenge. new.

“I will always cherish my time on the show and all the wonderful people I have worked with, who have supported my growth as an actor over the past two years and given me so much. many great memories.

“I’m excited to show viewers Frankie’s exit plot; I think it’s a really important one going home for many people. “

The BBC says she has filmed the final scenes and her character will be leaving this fall.

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said the EastEnders team is “extremely proud” of everything Ayling-Ellis has achieved, describing her as a “pioneer”.

He added: “I only had the pleasure of working with Rose for a short time but she has always been an incredible asset to EastEnders; not only a phenomenal actor, but also a great member of the company.

“As part of the Carter family, Rose has shined in such pivotal stories as discovering she was Mick Carter’s daughter due to child abuse; and soon she will be addressing the important issue of women’s safety on the streets. “

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Last year, the actress won the Serious’s glitter trophy alongside professional partner Giovanni Pernice, marking a historic victory on BBC One as she became the first deaf contestant to participate.

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Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis (Ian West/PA)

The pair later won the must-see moment award at Baftas for their silent dance on the show.

Ayling-Ellis will present the Alternative MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival later this month, where she will discuss her experiences as a deaf actor and life in the television industry. as a young person with a disability.

The actress, who has been deaf since birth, has been a pioneer for the deaf community, including campaigning for British Sign Language (BSL) to be recognized as an official language.

She appeared in the Rose, Barbie & Friends campaign, partnering with Barbie to launch their first doll with a behind-the-ear hearing aid.

Ayling-Ellis also recently became the first celebrity to sign CBeebies bedtime stories.

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