Rose Ayling-Ellis to sign a CBeebies Bedtime Story

The EastEnders regular will appear on the show as part of Deaf Awareness Week.

Rose Ayling-Ellis is making her debut in CBeebies’ story corner when she tells the story of a young bear and his dad on their journey into the discovery and management of deafness.

She signs ‘Can Bears Ski?’ written by Raymond Antrobus and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, a story which draws on the author’s own experience to show how isolating it can be for a deaf child in a hearing world.

This is the first ever BSL signed story, which is also subtitled, with Rose speaking only to introduce the story and afterwards to say goodnight to the young audience.

“I am super excited to read my first CBeebies Bedtime Story in British Sign Language and it’s even more wonderful to share a story written by a deaf writer. I hope deaf children enjoy the story and it inspires hearing children to want to learn BSL more!”

Rose’s CBeebies’ Bedtime Story – the first of two that she has recorded for the channel – will air on Sunday 8th May to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week.

The actress is best known for her role as Frankie Lewis in EastEnders, the daughter of Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer). First appearing in 2020, Frankie came to Walford to find her long-lost father and was horrified to learn that her mother, Katy, had sexually abused him whilst he was in care.

She is the first deaf actor to play a deaf character in the BBC soap. She further made history in 2021 as the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing, going on to win the show with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice.

Rose’s other TV credits include Summer of Rockets and Casualty.

CBeebies Bedtime Story is on daily at 6.50pm and on BBC iPlayer, with episodes signed by a BSL interpreter airing every Saturday and Sunday.

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