Strictly's Rose Ayling Ellis reveals the top advice her EastEnders co-stars have given her

STRICTLY'S Rose Ayling Ellis has revealed the top advice her EastEnders co-stars have given her ahead of her dancefloor debut.

The 26-year-old actress – who plays Frankie Lewis in the BBC soap – is the first ever deaf celebrity to take part in Strictly.

Rose follows in the glittering footsteps of many of her EastEnders co-stars including Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Bright, Scott Maslen and Maisie Smith.

Ahead of the Strictly launch this Saturday, Rose revealed how her co-stars who had taken to the dance floor before her have given her some tips.

She said: "I have had advice from Natalie, and she said always be comfortable in what you wear.

"So if anything feels long, always say 'can I have it a bit shorter'. Emma [Barton], she told me just to be myself.

"Just be who I am, if I'm shy, if I'm being awkward, just definitely be myself."

Rose had to keep her involvement in Strictly quiet before it was officially announced, but when she could, she told her soap family first.

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 are all so, so excited for me."

However, due to coronavirus restrictions, Rose isn't sure if her on-screen family will be able to be in the audience to support her.

She said: "I think that 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 the first deaf person on Strictly I felt it would be a good chance to break the stereotype of what deaf people can and can't do."

Strictly launches on Saturday, September 18 at 7.45pm on BBC One.

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