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BBC EastEnders and Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis to sign CBeebies bedtime story UK News

Making history, the actress will be the first celebrity to sign off on a bedtime story on the children’s channel.

The 27-year-old has been deaf since birth and rose to fame playing the role of Frankie Lewis in the BBC soap opera. She then became the first deaf contestant to win Strictly Come Dancing.

The special bedtime story celebrates Deaf Awareness Week and it will sign Can Bears Ski? written by Raymond Antrobus and illustrated by Polly Dunbar.

The story tells the story of a young bear and his father on their journey to discovering and managing deafness.

Times Series: Rose Ayling-Ellis and strictly professional dancer Giovanni Pernice.  (PENNSYLVANIA)Rose Ayling-Ellis and the strictly professional dancer Giovanni Pernice. (PENNSYLVANIA)

While taking part in the 19th series of Strictly, Ayling-Ellis performed a touching routine with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice during which they paused the music and danced in silence in tribute to the deaf community.

Speaking about signing for CBeebies, Ayling-Ellis said: “I’m super excited to read my first CBeebies bedtime story in British Sign Language and it’s even more wonderful to share a story written by a deaf writer.

“I hope deaf children enjoy the story and that it inspires hearing children to want to learn more about BSL.”

The show will also have subtitles but will be entirely signed in British Sign Language and will only see Ayling-Ellis speak during the story introduction and at the end of the programme.

The soap star has actively campaigned for BSL to be recognized as an official language and given legal status in the UK.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories airs daily at 6:50 p.m., with signed episodes by a BSL performer airing every Saturday and Sunday.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-05 23:01:00

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