An actress who grew up on the Kent Coast has reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing.
Rose Ayling-Ellis has captured the hearts of millions of viewers with her stunning dancing over the past 12 weeks.
Tonight she and her partner Giovanni Pernice will speak for the last time in the final.
The Ashford schoolgirl, who has been praised for raising awareness in the deaf community, will take on John Waite and her partner Johannes Radebe. AJ Odudu and his partner Kai Widdrington had to withdraw at the last minute due to an injury.
Rose and Giovanni scored 39 in the waltz and 40 for their Argentine tango in the semi-finals last week.
This puts them at the top of the ranking.
Tonight, they will do an epic dance show and have chosen to redo their couple’s choice. It included a poignant moment where they danced without music to show viewers what dancing was like each week for her.
They’ll also make the show’s judges’ favorite – a Quickstep they performed during Musical Week.
Rose is known for playing Frankie Lewis, the daughter of Danny Dyer’s character Mick Carter, on the EastEnders television series.
The 27-year-old was first cast in 2020 and her character was originally written by deaf journalist and screenwriter Charlie Swinbourne.
Rose attended Christ Church High School in Ashford, which later became John Wallis Academy before attending the Deafinitely Youth Theater.
As a child, she took part in a weekend filming organized by the National Deaf Children’s Society where she met deaf director Ted Evans, who then chose her for his short film The End.
She also appeared in The Vamps’ Middle of the Night music video in 2017.
Prior to her role in EastEnders, Rose appeared in several theater productions, including Mother Courage at the Royal Exchange, Faith, Hope And Charity R&D at the National Theater and Herons Workshop at the Lyric in Hammersmith.
The Strictly Come Dancing finale will take place at 7 p.m. on BBC One.