Strictly Come Dancing champion Rose Ayling-Ellis said she would “cherish” her time on EastEnders after announcing her departure from the BBC show.

The 27-year-old who plays Frankie Lewis is the first deaf person to play a regular character on a soap.

Since joining in 2020, Eiling Ellis has been involved in many big storylines, including Frankie discovering she is the daughter of Danny Dyer’s character Mick Carter, who was abused as a child.

About her departure, she said:

“I really enjoyed my time on the show and Frankie was such a great character to play, but now I feel it’s the right time for me to move on and I’m excited and ready for a new challenge. is made.

“I will always cherish my time on the show and all the wonderful people I have worked with over the last two years who have supported my growth as an actor and given me so many great memories.

“I’m excited for viewers to see Frankie’s exit story. I think it’s a really important one that resonates with a lot of people.”

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said that the EastEnders team is “incredibly proud” of all Ayling-Ellis has achieved, and described her as a “pioneer”.

He added: Not only is he a phenomenal actor, but also a member of a great company.

“As a member of the Carter family, Rose has shone in important stories such as discovering she is Mick Carter’s daughter as a result of child abuse. We will address the important issues that we highlight.”

The actress won the Glitterball Trophy for Strictly with her professional partner Giovanni Pernis last year, a historic win on the BBC One show and becoming the first deaf person to participate.

The pair later won the Must-See Moment award at Baftas for their silent dance on the show.

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