A deaf contestant is to participate in Strictly Come Dancing for the primary time within the BBC present’s historical past this yr.
EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis was unveiled by the BBC on Thursday as this yr’s twelfth contestant, saying the prospect of being on the present is “thrilling” and “a little bit bit scary”.
She added: “It’s the hardest secret I’ve ever needed to maintain so it feels wonderful to lastly have this out within the open.
“I hope I’ll do the deaf neighborhood proud and break down extra limitations.
“However I’m additionally very excited to be taught an unimaginable new talent and even higher I get to be taught while sporting stunning clothes made particularly for me.”
Ayling-Ellis has performed Frankie Lewis within the cleaning soap since 2020, and earlier than that starred in exhibits equivalent to Summer time Of Rockets and Casualty.
Additionally making historical past on the present is former Nice British Bake Off winner John Whaite, who would be the first man to be a part of a same-sex partnership on Strictly.
He’ll observe within the footsteps of boxer Nicola Adams, who was the primary individual to be a part of a same-sex pairing on the present final yr. She later withdrew after contracting COVID-19.
Ayling-Ellis will be part of the beforehand introduced celebs of McFly star Tom Fletcher, Peep Present’s Robert Webb, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson, Dragons’ Den choose Sara Davies, actor Greg Sensible, actress Nadia Wadia, Corrie star Katie McGlynn and presenters Dan Walker, Tilly Ramsay and Aj Odudu.
The brand new sequence of Strictly is predicted to start round 25 September.