BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Rose Ayling-Ellis supported by co-stars as she calls for change


Rose Ayling-Ellis was backed by her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars as she joined a call for change.

The EastEnders actress is currently on tour as the hit BBC One show visits arenas across the country.

Rose, 27, is back dancing with her winning partner Giovanni Pernice.

The pair are joined by the show’s cast of professional dancers as well as celebrity stars Sara Davies, John Whaite, Rhys Stephenson, Tilly Ramsay, Max George, and Maisie Smith.

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But as well as focusing on the Strictly live tour, there’s something else on Rose’s mind.

Taking to Instagram, Rose stood alongside several of her female Strictly co-stars backstage at one of their recent shows.

The group, all dressed in red robes to cover their outfits, were seen signing.

“BSL needs to be a legally recognized as a language,” the girls said before sign clapping.

Rose wrote alongside the post: “On Friday the Parliament will be debating whether or not to make BSL a legally recognized language.

“Let make this happen! #signthebill.”

And she was quickly flooded with messages.

The Wanted’s Max said: “Love this,” with a red heart emoji.

“YES!!!! #signthebil,” Amy Dowden, who was partnered with Tom Fletcher in the 2021 series, added alongside a string of hearts.

Dance partner Giovanni echoed Max, writing: “Love this !!!” as well as sharing it on his own Instagram Story.

@kirstlyoung_ said: “Love this!! It absolutely should! You have inspired me to learn.”

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“Yes girls! love you guys so much! you are the reason i’m learning bsl, make us a legally recognized language,” @rose.and.gio wrote.

@eunicebowes added: “Awwwww brilliant ladies you are the most beautiful soul I have ever seen. You will change the world. To quote @giovannipernice ‘you can do anything.'”

The soap star, who was Strictly’s first-ever deaf contestant and winner, voiced her support earlier this month for Labor MP Rosie Cooper and her Bill in Parliament, which aims to declare BSL as an official language.

Rose and Giovanni incorporated sing language into their routines on Strictly

Although BSL was recognized as a language in its own right by the Government in 2003, it has no legal protection.

She told The Big Issue: “It’s about having protection for the language. There’s such a long history of signing.

“We have come such a long way – in the olden days, at schools for deaf children, they would make them sit on their hands or whip them for signing.”

She added: “There are so many traumas in our history but also such a rich history. If it becomes an official language, which we’ve been fighting for all these years, it will be so emotional for us.

“Because of the massive interest in BSL recently, a lot of people don’t realize how much of a fight the deaf community have had.

“I want to use my platform, while everyone is looking at me, to reflect that attention on to the whole deaf community.”

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