EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis shares picture from last day on set

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis has shared a photo from her last day on set, following news that she is leaving the soap.

Rose has played Frankie Lewis since 2020, becoming the first deaf actor to play a mainstream deaf character on the BBC show.

The soap confirmed earlier this week that Frankie will bow out this autumn as part of a “major” new storyline, with Rose having already filmed her final scenes.


On Instagram, ruling strictly speaking champion Rose shared a series of photos from EastEndersstarting with one from her last day on set and ending with the first picture of Frankie – with memories including her first successful pint in the Queen Vic included along the way.

“It’s been incredibly special to be @bbceastender’s first regular deaf actor,” Rose wrote. “I’ve loved my time on the show and Frankie has been such a fantastic character to play, but now feels like the right time for me to move on and I’m excited and ready for new challenges.

“I will always cherish my time on the show and all the incredible people I’ve worked with, who have supported my growth as an actor over the past two years and given me so many wonderful memories.”

Announcing her exit from the soap, Rose said she was “excited for viewers to see Frankie’s exit story,” adding: “I think it’s a really important one that will resonate with a lot of people.”

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The actress was also praised by EastEnders executive producer Chris Clenshaw, who said, “I’ve only had the pleasure of working with Rose for a short time, but she’s always been an incredible asset to EastEnders – not only as a phenomenal actor, but also as a wonderful member of the company.

“As part of the Carter family, Rose has excelled in important storylines such as discovering that she is Mick Carter’s daughter as a result of child abuse; and she will soon tackle the important issue of highlighting women’s safety on the streets.

“We at EastEnders are incredibly proud of everything Rose has achieved – she is a true trailblazer and we wish her the best of luck.”

EastEnders sent on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One, with some episodes on BBC Two during sporting events in the summer. The show is also streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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