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Rose Ayling-Ellis lands role in new BBC drama

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose Ayling-Ellis has landed herself in a new role for a forthcoming BBC One drama.

The Strictly Come Dancing champion will star in Reunion, a gripping series described as "an emotional thriller of revenge and redemption" with an inclusive cast and crew, many of which have profound hearing loss or communicate using British Sign Language [BSL].

In the new drama Daniel Brennan [ played by Coffee Morning’s Club’s Matthew Gurney ] is a deaf man who has just been released from prison trying to adapt to the hearing world, but is given the cold shoulder from the Deaf community, who can not forgive his criminal past.

Brennan’s only friend is his estranged daughter Carly [ How to Have Sex’s Lara Peake ] who hasn’t seen him for over ten years.

Carly’s daughter, Christine, [Bad Sister’s Anne-Marie Duff] is determined to find out why Brennan was sentenced behind bars, she wants the truth!

Ayling-Ellis will play Christine’s daughter, Miri.

Other cast members include Dune's Stephen Collins, Small World's Ace Mahbaz, Doctor Who's Sophie Stone, Halo's Olive Gray and Broadchurch's Joe Sims.

The show is written by William Mager and directed by One Day’s Luke Snellin.

“William’s scripts are electrifying and it’s a privilege to bring Brennan to life in this gripping tale of revenge, redemption and reconciliation,” Gurney said.

Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, added: “It’s no surprise that William Mager’s layered, intelligent and utterly compelling scripts have attracted a cast and crew of such exceptional calibre to bring this story to the BBC.

"A thriller like no other, this is a reunion you won’t want to miss.”

[ Filming for Reunion starts this week. ]

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