Rose Ayling-Ellis inspires historic dramatic moment as BBC searches for first deaf lead actor after Strictly hit

BEEB bosses are lining up Strictly Rose finalist Ayling-Ellis to lead a drama based on a deaf character.

She’s set to return to casting for EastEnders whether or not she wins the contest, but they want to have a project ready to go for the long haul.


Rose has played Frankie Lewis, a friend of Ben Mitchell’s, on EastEnders since May last year, a role created by deaf screenwriter Charlie SwinbourneCredit: Getty

The BBC wants to develop a show that will be the first to feature a deaf actor – one that would be a perfect fit for Rose, 27.

A TV insider said, “Rose has already shattered so many stereotypes during her time on Strictly and Executives will be delighted to see that continue once the series is over.

“While she is committed to EastEnders for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean she won’t look into her longer term prospects.

“Especially since she saw her profile soar following her passage in the final.

“And the BBC will make sure it takes its next step with the company, rather than with another broadcaster who might want to list it.”

Rose has played Frankie Lewis, a friend of Ben Mitchell’s, on EastEnders since May of last year. It was a role created by deaf screenwriter Charlie Swinbourne.

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Since appearing on Strictly, she has become a pioneer in raising awareness among the Deaf community and stimulating interest in British Sign Language.

In particular, her couple’s choice routine of ‘silent dancing’ with her partner Giovanni Pernice captured audiences’ imaginations when they performed it last month.

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