EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis is rumored to be honored by Her Majesty The Queen and receive an MBE for her commitment to raising awareness of the deaf community.
She made history during her time on Strictly as she was the first-ever deaf contestant to take part in the show and was adored by viewers for her spectacular performances.
Rose's appearance on Strictly also prompted fans to start learning sign language and she has been dedicated to raising awareness of the deaf community, including making British Sign Language (BSL) recognized as an official language in the UK.
Now, she is reportedly set to be awarded an MBE in The Queen’s birthday honours list for her inspirational work.
A source allegedly told The Sun: “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.”
A source also told The Sun: “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, but she was also a true inspiration for them – particularly young people. She really did break down boundaries.”
In an interview with National Deaf Children's Society, Rose spoke of her passion for raising awareness of the deaf community: "My ambition is to amplify deaf voices and to stop people assuming deaf people can’t achieve. The challenges of dealing with people’s lack of understanding made me more determined and want to work harder.
“It’s so important not to be ashamed of being deaf. Both Frankie and I are proud of our deaf identities.”
In other royal news, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge also paid a visit to the EastEnders set where they met the cast and crew of the long-running soap, including Rose.
During their special visit, The Duchess told Rose that the Royal family watched the show and were very supportive of her journey to the final.
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One later this year. You can watch previous episodes on BBC iPlayer.
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