Strictly Come Dancing fans have praised pro dancer Gorka Marquez after spotting his gesture for celeb contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis.

As the audience clapped for the EastEnders actress viewers noticed that Gorka was waving his arms above his head.

They realised that the Strictly favourite was signing his applause for Rose, the first deaf contestant to be taking part in the long-running BBC One show.

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"Gorka signing applause," swooned one fan on Twitter with love heart emojis.

Rose is breaking down boundaries on the show

"What an absolute superstar he was signing applause rather than clapping," said another.

Another said: "Gorka being the only one clapping properly god I love that man."

And they explained: "When people are deaf audiences clap by shaking their arms and hands in the air as they can't hear clapping."

Rose meeting her dance partner Giovanni

Another Strictly fan told them: "100% We spotted that too and clapped along with him."

Another viewer told his fiancee Gemma Atkinson : "@MissGAtkinson you’re engaged to a good egg."

"I was shouting at the tv that he did this," commented another fan.

Rose, from Manchester, is hoping to 'break sterotypes' by taking part in the show and is currently tipped as the favourite to lift the Glitterball trophy with her pro dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

Rose with host Tess Daly and her interpreter

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!"

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 pick 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.

Rose in EastEnders as Frankie

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"What made me want to do Strictly is because I feel like I’ve got a purpose," she said during a recent webinar with press including the Manchester Evening News.

"Because I am deaf and to be the first deaf person on Strictly, I feel it would be a good chance to break the stereotype of what deaf people can and can’t do.

"A lot of people think that people can’t hear the music, enjoy the music and enjoy dancing.

"I thought it’d be a good platform to break that stereotype."

Strictly’s executive producer, Sarah James, explained how the show has adapted in order for Rose to be supported during her time in the competition.

“Myself and the team have already learnt a lot from Rose,” Sarah said.

“She’s an amazing person, very honest about what she needs and what we need to adapt.

“All of the team are doing deaf awareness training which has been brilliant and we’re learning some sign language.”

Sarah added: “Obviously, Rose needs an interpreter at all times so she’ll always have an interpreter with her in training and then on the show you may occasionally see an interpreter on camera as she’ll need someone to interpret the judges comments and her chats with Claudia (Winkleman).

“Other than that, I know Rose is really looking forward to the show like everybody else and I can’t wait to see what she does.”

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