Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis gives first look at EastEnders return

Rose Ayling-Ellis has officially returned to the EastEnders after winning Strictly Come Dancing.

The 27-year-old actress is back as Frankie Lewis after her incredible win at the BBC One dance competition.

In a post on Instagram today (January 14), Rose teased her return to Albert Square ahead of filming.


Rose Ayling-Ellis has returned to the EastEnders after Strictly’s win (Credit: Instagram Story/rose.ae)

Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis returns to the EastEnders

Rose documented her first day on set with a selfie of herself in Frankie’s clothes.

The star wore a black leather jacket and ripped jeans as she posed in the mirror.

Captioning the snap, Rose explained: “Frankie back!”

Frankie back!

The Strictly winner confirmed her return to soap opera This Morning earlier this week.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, she shared: “My first day back was yesterday.

“It was fun. It’s weird to be back. Everyone was so excited to see me again, back at the Vic, and it was really nice.”

Winners only Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice
Rose and Giovanni were named the strict winners last month (Credit: BBC)

It comes after EastEnders were forced to issue a statement after rumors rose that Rose may not return.

A spokeswoman for the soap told The Sun: “There’s no truth to that.

“Rose has no intention of leaving EastEnders and is very much looking forward to filming again in the New Year.”

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Rose previously took some time off to focus on Strictly.

And it seems that their hard work has paid off!

The actress was crowned winner alongside professional dancer Giovanni Pernice.

Rose Ayling-Ellis on EastEnders
Rose has returned to the EastEnders (Source: BBC)

Of winning the show, Rose said this week: “I was speechless. Before it actually happens you imagine what you would say and feel, but when it actually happened I didn’t know what to say.

“I was speechless, I couldn’t even breathe.”

Following her win, Giovanni rushed to pay a special tribute to the deaf star.

Giovanni’s tribute to Rose

Alongside a snap of the couple in the finale, Gio wrote: “@rose.ae Dreams come true when you believe… and you did a great job!

β€œI just want to say thank you to everyone who put the time and money into making this possible! You are part of our victory! Thank you to all the pros and celebs involved this year…what an amazing time to be on the show.”

Fans of the Italian womanizer have since commented that Rose “changed” him.

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