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Entertainment Strictly Come Dancing: Rose Ayling-Ellis signs as first deaf entrant

02:10  19 september  2021
02:10  19 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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She's making history as the first deaf contestant to grace the ballroom floor on Strictly Come Dancing.

And Rose Ayling-Ellis left many viewers on the brink of tears, as she used her platform on the show to introduce fans to sign language.

The EastEnders actress, 30, who has been paired with Giovanni Pernice, gushed while signing: 'When the Strictly news was announced, The response from the deaf community was my proudest moment.'

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She continued: 'I feel like Strictly has given me a purpose.'

'People just think that deaf people hear nothing, but that's not true. You hear with body language, with vibrations, with atmosphere. I can still enjoy music, it's just a different experience.'

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Later on, while on the dancefloor chatting to Tess, actress Rose reiterated her earlier sentiments about the positivity she's had from the deaf community and added: 'Finally they see someone like them on Strictly!'

The soap star also introduced her interpreter for the first time, explaining that she would be there to help Rose to communicate.


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Giovanni was unveiled as Rose's professional dance partner, and showed off some of the sign language he has learned, and continued to ask her to teach him at every opportunity.

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'He's very open to teaching me in a new way!' gushed Rose to Claudia, before being told that they would be performing the jive as their first dance.

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The actress, who plays Frankie Lewis, said she hopes by taking part in Strictly she will 'break down barriers' for the deaf community.

'To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary,' Rose said.

'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.'

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The news was first announced on EastEnders' Twitter page. The post said: 'We're unbelievably excited to announce that our very own @RoseAylingEllis will be joining the cast of @bbcstrictly 2021!

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Take a look at our exclusive interview with @EmmaBarton and Rose. Good luck from all of us at #EastEnders, Rose!'

Rose is the first ever deaf actor to play a deaf character on the soap.

She has previously appeared in various stage productions, and her other TV credits include Summer of Rockets and Casualty. Rose use British Sign Language (BSL).

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