STRICTLY’S Rose Ayling Ellis has revealed the best advice her EastEnders co-stars gave her before her debut on the dance floor.
The 26-year-old actress – who plays Frankie Lewis on the BBC soap opera – is the first deaf celebrity to appear on Strictly.
Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis revealed the advice she got from her EastEnders co-stars[/caption]
Rose plays Frankie Lewis in BBC soap opera[/caption]
Rose is following in the sparkling footsteps of many of her EastEnders co-stars, including Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Bright, Scott Maslen and Maisie Smith.
Ahead of Strictly’s launch on Saturday, Rose revealed how her co-stars who took to the dance floor before her gave her some advice.
She said: “I got advice from Natalie and she said always be comfortable in what you wear.
“So if something seems long to you, always say ‘can I shorten it a bit’. Emma [Barton], she told me to be myself.
“Just be who I am, if I’m shy, if I’m clumsy, definitely be myself.” “
Rose had to keep her involvement in Strictly Silent before it was officially announced, but when she could, she first told her soaps family.
She said, “I told Danny [Dyer] first, and he said he was so proud of me. Then I told Maddy [Hill] and then Kellie, they’re all so, so excited for me.
However, due to coronavirus restrictions, Rose is uncertain whether her on-screen family will be able to be in the audience to support her.
She said: ‘I think they will, they want to but because of Covid I don’t know. “
As for how she feels about being the first Deaf contestant, Rose said, “I feel like I have a purpose.
“Being Strictly’s first deaf person, I thought it would be a good opportunity to break the stereotype of what deaf people can and cannot do. “
Rose first spoke to Danny Dyer about his Strictly gig[/caption]
Co-star Emma Barton – who also appeared on Strictly – gave her some advice[/caption]
Strict launch Saturday September 18 at 7:45 p.m. on BBC One.
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