Rose Ayling-Ellis

17th August 2022

2022 Shortlisted Nominee

Celebrity of the Year Award


Rose Ayling-Ellis is a deaf actress. In 2018, she was cast in Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Summer of Rockets’ for BBC2, her first major television role. Theatre followed, with Rose performing at the Royal Exchange Manchester and Birmingham Rep. Rose joined EastEnders in 2020 and was the first deaf character to use BSL on the soap. Rose has firmly positioned herself as a much-loved figure on British television screens. In 2021, Rose was propelled to the attention of the nation and wider industry as the first deaf contestant to appear on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. With her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, Rose won the competition and the pair won Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment award at the BAFTA TV Awards for their ‘silent dance’. As well as acting, Rose’s passions lie in sharing deaf culture and advocating for the deaf community.