Rose Ayling-Ellis is best known for her role on EastEnders and as the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 – winning it with the pro, Giovanni Pernice.
Originally hailing from the stage, Rose got her start in TV with Casualty in 2017. She’s been a series regular as Frankie Lewis on EastEnders since 2020 and is sought-after as a deaf performer. She doesn’t allow her deafness to hold her back and enjoys both music and dance, to the delight of the Strictly viewers and judges. But her first foray into media was in the award-winning short film “The End”, led by deaf film director, Ted Evans.
Rose is a desirable speaker both for the personal and professional navigation of her deafness. Born deaf, Rose can only hear some vibrations, the beat and faint music with the help of her hearing aid. This provides her with a unique perspective on the world, one she delights in sharing through keynote, inspirational and motivational talks.