Strictly champ Rose Ayling-Ellis’ life – hunky boyfriend to secret music video

Strictly champ Rose Ayling-Ellis’ life – hunky boyfriend to secret music video

March 4, 2022

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EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis is the latest winner of BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, after she and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice stormed the competition and melted the hearts of viewers at home.

Since then, the actress has gone on to achieve new heights – staying close to Giovanni and even being named the Inspirational Person of the Year at the Visionary Honours Awards.

She even impressed fellow celebrities as she scooped the coveted Glitterball last year – including superstar singer Ed Sheeran.

The pop sensation said that he didn't realise he'd written the perfect tango song, until Rose and Giovanni danced to his track Shivers during Halloween week.

However, Rose has long been dazzling people before dancing onto Strictly, whether that was in her secret music video appearance or in Instagram photos with her hunky boyfriend.

Born on November 17, 1994, 27-year-old Rose grew up in Kent and her love of acting was sparked by attending a performance course run by the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Having landed her first role in the BBC miniseries Summer of Rockets, she also made an appearance in the music video for Middle of the Night by chart-topping boyband The Vamps.

Rose starred in the video as one half of a young couple, with some of the lyrics communicated through sign language.

Fans praised the video for representing and bringing awareness to the deaf community in the video, which was released to coincide with Deaf Awareness Week.

As Strictly's first deaf contestant, Rose has also broken boundaries in this new milestone for the programme and hopes to be the representation that she said she didn't see herself on tv growing up.

She told The Guardian: "Nothing is impossible, and I know that a lot of deaf children grow up in society that thinks that it’s not possible [for them to succeed]. But no – you can do it.”

On TV, Rose is best known for playing Frankie Lewis on BBC soap EastEnders, the daughter of Danny Dyer's character Mike, who has been embroiled in some of the soap's darkest storylines since joining in May 2020.

Her life outside of Albert Square is much less dramatic, with Rose sharing sweet snaps of her and long-term boyfriend Sam climbing mountains and attending music festivals.

The couple have been together for seven years and while they keep their relationship private, they do share glimpses into their life, such as their trip to the Amazon where the couple travelled along the river back in 2019.

Rose also paid tribute to her Strictly dance partner Giovanni on Instagram following their Game of Thrones inspired performance during the competition.

Sharing a video of the two in costume, Rose said: "I am so proud of us. Giovanni is the most hard working, passionate, caring person ever who really believes in me.

"He really does bring out the best in me and a lot of credit goes to him on creating this amazing routine.

"The earliest 40 Strictly ever had. WE MADE HISTORY!"

That wasn't their only Strictly glory though, as on December 18, they were crowned winners of the show, beating John Whaite and his pro partner Johannes Radebe in the finale.

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  • Eastenders
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Rose Ayling-Ellis
  • Giovanni Pernice

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