ACTRESS Rose Ayling-Ellis has been announced as the 12th celebrity to take to the floor of Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

The EastEnders star will also be making history as the BBC One show's first ever deaf contestant.

Who is Rose Ayling-Ellis?

Rose is quickly becoming a familiar face on our TV screens, known best for her role as Frankie Lewis in EastEnders, which she began playing in 2020.

Before that, the actress starred in Summer Of Rockets and award-winning short film The End, as well as Casualty, where she played Bianca Sinclair.

The soap star is the second of two EastEnders actresses to be announced, as just hours earlier on 12th August her former co-star Nina Wadia was revealed as the 11th celebrity to be competing for the glitter ball trophy.

Rose hopes to challenge misconceptions about the deaf community, as she takes to the floor as the first ever deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

She said: "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."

While the inclusion of a deaf contestant is a first for Strictly Come Dancing in the UK, its US equivalent Dancing With The Stars has already paved the way forward.

In 2016, America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 winner Nyle DiMarco became the first deaf contestant ever to win the show, following in the footsteps of deaf actress Marlee Matlin, who competed in 2008.

Who is Rose Ayling-Ellis's boyfriend?

Rose and her unnamed boyfriend of approximately seven years generally like to keep their relationship out of the public eye.

She will share the occasional snap with him on social media, however, posting pictures of their adventures travelling through Peru and the Amazon River to her Instagram account.

OK! magazine reported on the couple spending their six-year anniversary together after Rose posted a picture of the pair with the cute caption: “6 years we been together and I still don’t find you annoying.”

Does Rose Ayling-Ellis have children?

Rose does not appear to have any children.

A release date for the new series of Strictly is yet to be confirmed, but based on previous years, we could see Rose take part in the 19th series of the competition as early as September 2021.

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