Rose Ayling-Ellis announces shock EXIT from BBC soap

The 27-year-old, who plays Frankie Lewis in EastEnders, is the first deaf actor to play a regular character on the BBC soap.

Since joining in 2020, Rose Ayling-Ellis has been involved in a number of big storylines,

Including Frankie discovering she is the daughter of Danny Dyer's character Mick Carter, who was abused as a child.

Speaking of her departure, the Strictly Come Dancing winner said: "It's been incredibly special to be EastEnders' first regular deaf actor.

"I have loved my time on the show and Frankie has been such an awesome character to play,

however now feels like the right time for me to move on and I am excited and ready for new challenges.

"I am excited for viewers to see Frankie's exit storyline; I think it's a really important one that will hit home for lots of people."

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said the EastEnders team are "incredibly proud" of everything Ayling-Ellis has achieved, describing her as a "trailblazer."