Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis ‘tipped for MBE’ for raising awareness of deaf community

Rose Ayling-Ellis is rumoured to be tipped for an MBE from the Queen after her dedication to raising awareness of the deaf community.

The 27 year old was the first deaf contestant to appear on Strictly Come Dancing and even went on to win the show – and the hearts of viewers after her outstanding performances.

The actress, who is best known for her role as Frankie Lewis on EastEnders, has made a lasting impression on fans, with many even taking up sign language as a result.

One of the most memorable performances on the BBC dance competition was when Rose and her professional partner, Giovanni Pernice, 33 danced a section of their couple’s choice without music to show what dancing is like for Rose.

The moment of silence as the couple danced to Symphony by Clean Bandit was dedicated to the deaf community and it left the judges in tears.

And according to the Mirror, Rose is tipped to receive a Member of the Order British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

A source told the publication: “She is now in the frame for a gong for services to the deaf community, thanks to her ballroom triumph on the BBC’s Strictly.

“Her performances – including one with a silent section – sent enrolments for sign-language courses soaring.”

They also added: “Her success on Strictly shone a light on the deaf community in a way that surpassed everyone’s expectations.

“Not only did she raise awareness about the challenges deaf people face, she was a true inspiration for them – particularly young people. She really did break down boundaries.”

It comes after it was revealed that the Royals are big fans of Rose, especially after watching her on Strictly.

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The Duchess of Cornwall spoke with the cast of EastEnders and came face-to-face with Rose and according to the Mirror she revealed that the Queen enjoyed watching her on the show.

The actress later admitted she was “mind blown” by the fact the Royal Family watched Strictly and had loved her performances.

The next season of Strictly Come Dancing will start in the autumn and see the return of Anton Du Beke as a judge, after he filled in for Bruno Tonioli in 2021 when he couldn’t travel to the UK from the US.

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