Strictly Come Dancing: EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis first deaf contestant

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 has just confirmed its first ever deaf contestant with EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis confirmed for the line-up. 

Rose, 30, was announced as the 12th celebrity to join the star-studded bill on Thursday, following stars such as McFly singer Tom Fletcher, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Matilda Ramsay. 

She’s not the only history-making contestant as Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite will be a part of the competition’s first all-male couple. 

Sharing her excitement ahead of the next series, Rose said: ‘To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting… and a little bit scary.

‘It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open!’

She added: ‘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!’

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is set to debut this autumn.

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