Rose Ayling-Ellis became the first deaf person to compete in - and win - BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing this year and cheering her on from the audience was her boyfriend, Sam.
When Rose’s boyfriend appeared in the audience during Saturday’s final, fans were naturally curious about the Eastenders star’s other half. Here’s what we know about him.
Who is Rose Ayling-Ellis’ boyfriend?
Rose has been dating her boyfriend Sam for nearly ten years, reports say.
Not much is known about Sam or what he does for a living as they tend to keep their relationship out of the spotlight. But like Rose, Sam is also deaf.
Rose doesn’t tag Sam in any of her Instagram posts, but it’s clear the two share a healthy appetite for travel.
In September 2019, Rose posted some photos of a trip she and Sam took to the Amazon. She wrote a lengthy caption, where she also raised awareness to the climate crisis and the unsustainable level of deforestation happening in the jungle.
Rose has posted photos of her on ski holidays and sand surfing in the Peruvian desert, which is just one example of the get up and go spirit Rose possesses and is admired for.
How old is Rose Ayling-Ellis?
Born on 17th November 1994, Rose turned 27-years-old on her birthday in 2021.
Has Rose Ayling-Ellis always been deaf?
Rose Ayling-Ellis has been deaf since birth. Rose can communicate both with oral English and with British sign-language.
Rose wowed fans and the judges on Strictly with her ability to keep in time with the music perfectly by mainly relying on counting.
Rose said before starting her Strictly journey that she has a hearing aid fitted which allows her to pick up some sound. She explained she would be able to hear somebody sing and feel the vibrations from music, but wouldn’t make out the lyrics.
Her limited hearing doesn’t mean she’s not a fan of music, however. She told the Guardian that she’s a fan of soul music and her favourite artists are Dolly Parton and Stevie Wonder.