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Rose Ayling-Ellis supported by Strictly's Giovanni Pernice after sharing latest news

The former EastEnders actress will soon star in ITV's Code Of Silence

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis
Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Rose Ayling-Ellis has landed an exciting new role - and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice was among the first to congratulate the star. 

The 28-year-old, who made history by becoming the first deaf contestant to perform and win the ballroom competition, confirmed she will soon appear in new ITV drama, Code Of Silence.

WATCH: Rose Ayling-Ellis reveals she misses Giovanni Pernice after heartfelt reunion

She wrote on Instagram: "I CANNOT wait to bring this to life with @itv! However, I cannot say much about it because…. It is the Code Of Silence @mammothscreen." 

Giovanni, 32, shared his support by posting a flame, heart-eyes and applause emoji. John Whaite added: "Exciting times [heart emoji]." 

Another fan was full of praise, saying: "Just brilliant news, Rose. You needed a drama under your belt to broaden your portfolio and a different TV network. You've chosen with care. You're a smart young woman. I have no doubt you'll shine and ensure authenticity, and the right deaf adjustments are made. You are a trailblazer, and you'll shine." 

One other follower remarked: "This is going to be incredible. Thank you @rose.a.e for all your hard work and determination." Another post read: "Great but use these words - silence, silent or quietness. They are very common to use on deaf stories by hearing writers. However brilliant for us to watch." 

Of the role, Rose later said: "When I first read Catherine Moulton's script it was obvious that her first-hand experiences and understanding has enabled her to write a truly authentic character and I knew I had to be a part of this project. I am so delighted ITV are as excited as we are to bring this to life and I can't wait to get started." 

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis national Television Awards© REX
Giovanni and Rose are close friends after winning Strictly in 2021

The former EastEnders star will play a deaf catering worker, called Alison Woods, who works in both a police canteen and a local bar while caring for her deaf mother to make ends meet. 

ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill added: "In a world where there’s a lot of crime drama Code of Silence really stands out. It's a brilliantly original story and a great role for Rose Ayling-Ellis. Catherine Moulton has written a thrilling drama that audiences will be gripped and surprised by, but she also puts you in the shoes of Alison, a young Deaf woman. 

The star is a huge fan favourite © Suzan Moore - PA Images
The star is a huge fan favourite

"I am incredibly proud to make this show with Rose, Catherine and Mammoth Screen. It’s a mainstream crime show, but one that can make a real difference to the audience’s understanding of the Deaf community."

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