Inside Rose Ayling-Ellis’ rise to fame from boy band music video to Casualty

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice have taken the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor by storm since the very first week, and now they have their sights set on the Glitterball trophy.

Rose, 27, and Giovanni, 31, are set to face AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, and John Whaite and Johannes Radebe in the Strictly final on Saturday 18 December.

Viewers have watched Rose and Giovanni's incredible bond play out on-screen, not to mention their impeccable dance skills and emotive performances.

EastEnders actress Rose has became a fan favourite during her time on the BBC show, and has received constant praise from viewers and the judges.

As her epic Strictly journey prepares to come to a close, we take a look through Rose's impressive rise to fame…

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Rose, who hails from Shepway in Kent, got her first taste of fame when she starred in the award-winning short film The End in 2011.

The actress took part in a filming weekend which was put on by the National Deaf Children's Society, and during that weekend she met deaf film director Ted Evans.

The chance meeting prompted Ted to cast Rose as Sophia in The End, kickstarting her interest in a career in acting.

The End is a 25-minute short, with the plot line summarised as: "Starting in the 1980's, The End follows four deaf children over 60 years."

In 2015, she starred a second short film, titled The Quiet Ones where she portrayed a character named Charlotte.

Rose then started taking part in stage productions, and she has starred in titles including Mother Courage, Faith, Hope And Charity, and Herons Workshop.

She soon moved onto TV work, and landed the role of Bianca Sinclair in BBC medical drama Casualty. Rose starred in one episode as Bianca in the hit show, which aired in 2017.

The Strictly star also appeared in boyband The Vamps' music video for hit song Middle of the Night, where she could be seen using British Sign Language to communicate with a friend.

The actress first leading role came in 2019, when she landed the part of Esther in BBC Two miniseries, Summer of Rockets.

Rose's acting skills certainly impressed producers, and in 2020 she finally got her big break and was cast as Frankie Lewis in BBC One soap EastEnders, remaining a regular on the show ever since.


Rose portrays the daughter of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), and was introduced as part of a hard-hitting storyline regarding the Carter family. Her character was originally written by deaf journalist and scriptwriter, Charlie Swinbourne.

Since finding soap stardom she has impressed viewers with her acting skills, and has been nominated for two awards so far, including Best Newcomer at the 2021 National Television Awards.

Rose made history in 2021 when she became the first ever deaf contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

She and professional partner Giovanni Pernice have continued to wow the judges every week, and made history again when they scored a perfect 40 for their tango in week six, which was the earliest 40 awarded to a couple in Strictly history.

Rose and Giovanni were recently awarded the 2021 Heat Unmissables Award for TV Moment of the Year, following their performance in week eight where their Couple's Choice dance featured a period of silence as a tribute to the deaf community.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday 18 December.

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