Strictly winner gets new BBC show after NTA nomination

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The winner of Strictly Come Dancing has won the Glitterball trophy and landed a major new role at the BBC.

Now, after becoming some of the most beloved champions in dance competition history, they are focusing on a purpose close to their hearts.

Rose Ayling-Ellis will present a new show for BBC BSL.

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Rose Ayling-Ellis will present a new show for BBC BSL.Credit: Getty
The star rose to fame after appearing on and winning

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The star rose to fame after appearing on and winning “Strictly” in 2021.Credit: PA

Former EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, who was partnered with Giovanni Pernice during their time on Strictly, will try her hand at hosting a new series focusing on British Sign Language (BSL).

The star, who was born deaf, has been a passionate advocate for the community since first appearing on EastEnders.

Last year he featured in the National Television Award-nominated documentary Signs For Change, and a follow-up programme has been greenlit by the BBC.

She hopes the show will further her campaign for better inclusion and free BSL tuition for families with deaf children.

According to sources mirror“Rose is so passionate about raising awareness and it’s great that we can be involved in a program like this. It’s a chance to do some really good.”

The news comes shortly after it was announced that Rose will be awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list for her services to entertainment and volunteer work with the deaf community.

Rose first appeared on EastEnders in 2020 and has been campaigning for better access to BSL ever since.

She played Frankie Lewis/Carter, the daughter of Danny Dyer’s character Mick Carter, the result of child abuse suffered by his former carer, Katie Lewis.

In 2021, she joined the cast of Strictly and lifted the Glitterball alongside Giovanni at the end of that season, beating The Great British Bake Off’s John White in a tense finale.

Her appearance on the show led to a surge in interest in learning BSL of 2,844%.

Rose Ayling-Ellis beats John White to be crowned Strictly 2021 winner in the Glitterball

The following year, she and Giovanni won the public’s vote for “Performance of the Year” for a contemporary routine set to the Clean Bandit symphonies, which included segments performed in complete silence to highlight life as a deaf person.

Since then, Giovanni has brought a BSL interpreter with him on his UK stage tours as a tribute to Rose’s fight for a more inclusive society.

Earlier this year he was dropped from the cast of Strictly Come Dancing after three of his past celebrity partners made formal complaints about his behaviour in the rehearsal room.

Rose has yet to comment on the incident but is not thought to be one of the complainants.

Since working with Rose, Giovanni has incorporated BSL interpretation into his live shows.

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Since working with Rose, Giovanni has incorporated BSL interpretation into his live shows.Credit: BBC
The star first rose to fame in 2020 with EastEnders.

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The star first rose to fame in 2020 with EastEnders.Credit: BBC
Rose was awarded an MBE for her charitable services to the deaf community.

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Rose was awarded an MBE for her charitable services to the deaf community.Credit: Getty

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