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11th Nov 2021

Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis leaves EastEnders to focus on dancing

Rose is taking her training to the next level.

As she looks to train even more with partner Giovanni Pernice, Strictly Come Dancing’s Rose Ayling-Ellis is taking a break from her job on EastEnders.

Rose plays Frankie Lewis in the soap opera, but on Tuesday night’s episode, her character made it clear that she needed a break from Albert Square and its drama.

Frankie bid her father, Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) adieu and then skipped town with a friend in a taxi.

Many EastEnders viewers were, naturally, concerned that Alying-Ellis would be leaving the show for good, but thankfully, she is just taking a brief break to dive head first into training.

Rose’s decision to focus more on the competition certainly makes sense, particularly given the fact that she’s been doing extremely well over the past few weeks.

Together with Giovanni, Rose made Strictly history last month after nabbing the earliest perfect score. The pair received tens across the board for their tango to Shivers by Ed Sheeran while Anton Du Beke aptly described it as “perfect”.

As well as being popular with the judges, Giovanni and Rose are equally a hit with viewers, and have cemented their status as fan favourites in the competition.

Audiences were particularly moved by Giovanni’s kind words about Rose following their performance last weekend.

The Italian dancer told Claudia Winkleman: “She’s definitely the best thing that has happened.

“I might be the dance teacher, but this year, I’m learning myself new things.”

He continued: “The thing is not just about dancing, we spend so much time together. And I’m the one who is privileged to be dancing with you. So thank you very much.”

Fans were moved by Giovanni’s tribute to Rose, with many taking to Twitter to share their support for the couple.

Rose also made Strictly Come Dancing history by being the show’s first ever deaf contestant.