STRICTLY Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis braved the freezing cold sea to take a Christmas dip.

The EastEnders star – best known for playing Frankie Lewis in the BBC soap – stood in a wetsuit on the sand and signed 'Merry Christmas' before running into the water.

Rose – who won the dance competition alongside Giovanni Pernice earlier this month – jumped up in excitement and waved to the camera as she braved the icy waters.

The actress, 27, is back home in Hythe on the south coast of Kent for the holidays where she enjoyed her Christmas dunk.

Rose recently revealed she'd brought home a very special companion for Christmas this year.

She filmed herself in the passenger's seat in the front of the car on the way home and quickly panned the camera to the back of the vehicle – which had the Glitterball trophy strapped into the seat with a seat belt.

Rose played Dan + Shay's tune Take Me Home For Christmas in the background of the video.

Rose and Giovanni were crowned winners of the 19th series of the much-loved show last weekend.

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The soap star made history on Saturday after becoming the first deaf contestant to win the BBC ballroom series.

They managed to beat John Whaite and Johannes Radebe to the top spot of the competition.

One person who has supported Rose throughout is her boyfriend Sam.

The two have been together for around seven years. 

In 2020, OK magazine reported on them spending their six year anniversary together. 

Rose wrote: “Six years we’ve been together and I still don’t find you annoying”, in a sweet Instagram tribute to her boyfriend.

Last week The Sun exclusively revealed that EastEnders cast and crew fear Rose will quit the soap to chase new chapter in career.

Execs and producers are already lining up high-profile projects for the actress, who has played the show’s Frankie Lewis since last year.

Her character has been written out until next month when she is expected to return.

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