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STRICTLY Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis braved the freezing sea for a Christmas swim.

The EastEnders star – best known for playing Frankie Lewis on the BBC soap opera – stood in a wetsuit on the sand and signed “Merry Christmas” before running into the water.

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Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis went swimming for ChristmasCredit: Instagram

Rose – who won the dance competition alongside Giovanni Pernice earlier this month – jumped in excitement and waved to the camera as she braved the icy waters.

The actress, 27, is back at her home in Hythe on the south Kent coast for the holidays where she enjoyed her Christmas dunk.

Rose recently revealed that she brought home a very special companion for Christmas this year.

She filmed herself in the passenger seat in the front of the car on the way home and quickly moved the camera to the rear of the vehicle – which had the Glitterball Trophy strapped to the seat with a seat belt.

Rose performed Dan + Shay’s song Take Me Home For Christmas in the background of the video.

Rose and Giovanni were crowned winners of the popular show’s 19th series last weekend.

The soap opera star made history on Saturday after becoming the first deaf contestant to win the BBC’s prom series.

They managed to beat John Whaite and Johannes Radebe in the first place of the competition.

One person who has supported Rose all along is her boyfriend Sam.

The two have been together for about seven years.

In 2020, OK magazine reported that they had spent their six years together.

Rose wrote, “We’ve been together for six years and I still don’t find you boring,” in a sweet Instagram tribute to her boyfriend.

Last week, The Sun exclusively revealed that the cast and crew of EastEnders fear Rose might be leaving the soap opera to pursue a new chapter in her career.

Executives and producers are already making big plans for the actress, who has played Frankie Lewis on the show since last year.

Her character has been written until next month, when she is expected to return.

She braved the freezing weather and wished everyone a Merry Christmas

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She braved the freezing weather and wished everyone a Merry ChristmasCredit: Instagram
Rose is in great shape after winning Strictly Come Dancing with Rose Ayling-Ellis

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Rose is in great shape after winning Strictly Come Dancing with Rose Ayling-EllisCredit: BBC
Rose became the first deaf person to win the BBC dance competition

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Rose became the first deaf person to win the BBC dance competitionCredit: Instagram
Strict star Rose Ayling-Ellis returns home for Christmas with a very special companion

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