Rose Ayling-Ellis leaves Eastenders
Eastenders has confirmed Rose Ayling-Ellis is stepping down from her role as Frankie Lewis.
Her character first appeared in the BBC soap as the long-lost daughter of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer).
Ayling-Ellis was the first actor in Albert Square profound hearing loss, which she has had since birth.
She 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 will always treasure my time on the show and all the incredible people I have worked with, who have supported my growth as an actor these last two years and given me so many amazing memories.
‘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.’
Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, shared: ‘I have only had the pleasure to work with Rose for a short time but she has always been an incredible asset to EastEnders; not just as a phenomenal actor, but as an amazing company member too.
‘As part of the Carter family, Rose has shone in important narratives such as discovering she’s Mick Carter’s daughter as a result of child abuse; and she will soon tackle the important issue highlighting women’s safety on the streets.
‘We at EastEnders are incredibly proud of everything Rose has achieved – she’s a real trailblazer, and we wish her every success.’
The actress made headlines earlier this week when it was announced she was fronting a new campaign for inclusive Barbie dolls.
Eastenders is on BBC One Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.