Strictly Come Dancing champion Rose Ayling-Ellis has shared a collection of behind-the-scenes snaps from EastEnders amid her exit news.
It was announced earlier on Thursday that Rose, 27, who won Strictly in 2021 with Giovanni Pernice, would be leaving the hit BBC One soap as Frankie Lewis after first joining in 2020.
Taking to Instagram after the news was announced, Rose shared a collection of photos from her time on EastEnders from the first photo of Frankie to her "very last day on the square".
The actress penned: "Start from my very last day on the square, to my first successful pint in The Vic and end with the first photo of Frankie.
"It’s been incredibly special to be @bbceastenders 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."
In the photos, it sees Rose holding a signed Albert Square sign, posing with her co-stars including Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright, and pouring a pint in the Queen Vic.
Rose's 541K followers were quick to react to the snaps and news as they admitted they were "gutted" but also "excited" for her future.
One person said: "I'm so sad but also sooo excited for your future Queen !! so proud of you."
A different account put: "We love you Rose [heart emojis] Frankie’s my favourite character so I’m devastated but I’m sure you’ll go onto huge things in the future!"
Another follower wrote: "Best of luck for the future Rose . You were amazing as Frankie ! I hope the future holds lots of amazing things for you."
While a different fan added: "Aww very sad to see you go .good luck to you for future Rose. Xx."
Rose added of her departure: "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.”
EastEnders executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “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.
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"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."
EastEnders continues on BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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