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EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

The nineteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing is set to kick off this weekend. 

And, EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 30, dazzled in a gold sequin tea dress and showed off her new hair extensions as she posed for her professional photograph, while making history as show’s first deaf contestant. 

The actress, who plays Frankie Lewis in the BBC soap, looked incredible in her eye-catching frock, with her tresses transformed into glamorous tumbling curls, thanks to long hair extensions. 

Wow! EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 30, dazzled in a gold sequin tea dress posed for her professional Strictly Come Dancing photograph

Wow! EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 30, dazzled in a gold sequin tea dress posed for her professional Strictly Come Dancing photograph

Wow! EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 30, dazzled in a gold sequin tea dress posed for her professional Strictly Come Dancing photograph

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Rose shared a photograph of herself in her dressing room, poking fun at her hair extensions and spray tan.

She wrote: ‘Only on Strictly, does the hair “grow” overnight and the tan suddenly appears!

‘The launch show is on Saturday, I cannot wait for you to find out who my partner is!!! #Strictly’ enthused Rose before including an image description.

The actress previously said she hopes by taking part in Strictly she will ‘break down barriers’ for the deaf community. 

Joker: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Rose shared a photograph of herself in her dressing room, poking fun at her hair extensions and spray tan

Joker: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Rose shared a photograph of herself in her dressing room, poking fun at her hair extensions and spray tan

Joker: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Rose shared a photograph of herself in her dressing room, poking fun at her hair extensions and spray tan

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: The celebrities turned up the glamour for their professional photos ahead of the brand new series

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: The celebrities turned up the glamour for their professional photos ahead of the brand new series

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: The celebrities turned up the glamour for their professional photos ahead of the brand new series

Bring it on: EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will make history as the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

Bring it on: EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will make history as the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

Bring it on: EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will make history as the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

‘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.’  

Raising awareness: Rose is the first ever deaf actor to play a deaf character on the soap (pictured with Dani Dyer)

Raising awareness: Rose is the first ever deaf actor to play a deaf character on the soap (pictured with Dani Dyer)

Raising awareness: Rose is the first ever deaf actor to play a deaf character on the soap (pictured with Dani Dyer)

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

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

Jonnie Peacock was the first visibly disabled person to compete on Strictly in 2017. 

Will Bayley, JJ Chalmers and Lauren Steadman have also starred in the show in the following years and raised awareness for disabilities.  

Groundbreaking: Jonnie Peacock was the first visibly disabled person to compete on Strictly in 2017

Groundbreaking: Jonnie Peacock was the first visibly disabled person to compete on Strictly in 2017

Groundbreaking: Jonnie Peacock was the first visibly disabled person to compete on Strictly in 2017

Skilled: JJ Chalmers (left) and Lauren Steadman have also starred in the show in the following years and raised awareness for disabilities

Skilled: JJ Chalmers (left) and Lauren Steadman have also starred in the show in the following years and raised awareness for disabilities

Determined: Lauren Steadman pictured dancing with AJ

Determined: Lauren Steadman pictured dancing with AJ

Skilled: JJ Chalmers (left)  and Lauren Steadman (right) have also starred in the show in the following years and raised awareness for disabilities

The veteran dance show was famously disrupted in 2020 thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But it seems things are back to normal in 2021 – apart from one or two factors still deemed too tricky to navigate amid the global health crisis.

The Blackpool episode ordinarily takes place near the end of the series, but was axed last year with restrictions throwing up logistical difficulties on the production.

But 2021 will include the show’s themed weeks – such as movie week, musicals week and Halloween week. 

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

TOM FLETCHER

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 36

Profession: McFly musician

Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’

Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

ROBERT WEBB
EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

 Age: 48

Profession: Actor and comedian

Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’

Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title. 

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RHYS STEPHENSON  

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 27

Profession: CBBC presenter  

Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’

Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville. 

 KATIE MCGLYNN

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

 Age: 28

Profession: Actress

Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’

Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020. 

TILLY RAMSAY

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 19

Profession: CBBC presenter

Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’

Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.

NINA WADIA  

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 52

Profession: Actress

Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’

Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List. 

ADAM PEATY

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 26

Profession: Athlete 

Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’

Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.

UGO MONYE 

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

 

Age: 38

Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit

Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.

 

AJ ODUDU

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 33

Profession: TV presenter

 AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’

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Fun Fact: AJ has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.

JOHN WHAITE

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 33

Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef

 John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’

Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show

SARA DAVIES 

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 37  

Profession:  Businesswoman

Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’

Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den. 

DAN WALKER

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 44 

Profession: Journalist

Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’

Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.

 GREG WISE

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 55

Profession: Actor

Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’

Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.       

ROSE AYLING-ELLIS

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 30

Profession: Actress

Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’

 Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant. 

 JUDI LOVE

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis dazzles in a gold sequin dress for professional Strictly snap

Age: 41

Profession: Comedienne 

Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’

Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.

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