EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is breaking down stereotypes by taking to the dancefloor on Strictly and tonight she moved viewers to tears.

Rose, the first deaf contestant to be taking part in the long-running BBC One show, had fans captivated as she performed to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice in the first live show of the 2021 series.

Her co-star Max Bowden, who plays Ben Mitchell in EastEnders, was crying as he watched Rose's high energy performance from home and he spoke on behalf of their EastEnders pals.

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"Crying at how amazing @RoseAylingEllis was tonight," he tweeted.

It was emotional

"You’re a superstar and we’re all so proud of you. X"

The audience waved their arms above their heads to sign applause for Rose, from Manchester, and the praise came flooding in on Twitter.

Author Marian Keyes gasped: "OH!!!!! SHE IS JUST PURE JOY!!!!!! AND GORGEOUS!!!!!

And fellow novelist Jojo Moyes wrote: "Rose is not just gorgeous, but extraordinary. Dances better than most hearing people. #strictly *waves hands*

They impressed viewers

And another fan of the show said: "Seeing Rose dancing so beautifully and counting her way through, and then the audience signing their applause - who didn’t just burst into tears? Bloody wonderful."

Another said: "Rose just broke boundaries for the deaf and hearing impaired people everywhere and i’m so proud of her #strictly‘s inclusiveness is growing."

A third tweeted: "This dance of Rose's has made me quite emotional. Go you xx #Strictly."

Rose on EastEnders

And Coronation Street star Sally Ann Matthews remarked: "Wow. She’s incredible. Such energy! x #Strictly."

Rose has been tipped as the favourite to lift the Glitterball trophy.

She said after she was announced for Strictly: "To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary.

"It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open! I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers.

"But I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill and even better I get to learn whilst wearing beautiful dresses made especially for me!"

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The 31-year-old plays Frankie Lewis in the BBC soap.

She joined the cast in 2020 as the secret daughter of Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer.

Rose uses British Sign Language (BSL) and has a hearing aid.

She previously explained that she picks up some of the music and can hear the beat.

And she can also feel the vibrations.

As the first deaf actress to appear in EastEnders she is no stranger to breaking boundaries.