Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis shares heartfelt post as fans dub her an ‘inspiration’ for making people ‘feel less alone’.

Rose Ayling-Ellis is the new Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner and fans couldn’t be more emotional about her dancing journey.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis
(Image credit: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis has shared a heart-warming post honouring all those who supported her throughout her dancing journey and fans are seriously inspired by her brilliant performance. 

Ever since Strictly Come Dancing started, many fans at home have counted Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice as one of their favourite Strictly 2021 couples. And watching their Strictly 2021 final performance it’s not hard to see why! Their three dances for the grand final included a breath-taking Showdance, the Strictly 2021 judges’ choice of their fun Frozen-themed Quickstep and also gave viewers a second chance to see their magnificent Couple’s Choice dance. This beautiful dance paid tribute to the deaf community and Rose and Giovanni received a huge accolade for this earlier in the series.  

After months of hard work, Rose was crowned Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner on December 18th, beating Great British Bake Off star John Whaite. Now Rose has taken to Instagram to share a deeply personal message of thanks to not just Giovanni, but the whole team who supported them across the series. 

Her heartfelt caption declared, “This post is for the Strictly team behind the scenes. @sarahjamesface Thank you so much for having me on the show in the first place! Thank you for making sure that everything was accessible for me so that I could focus on my dancing and my strictly journey without worrying about how I would communicate. I felt that I could 100% be myself because of this and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Rose went on to thank her interpreters, revealing she’s also in “awe” of everyone who works on the hit BBC show. 

“Thank you to my team of interpreters who always put me first and made sure I understood everything at all times, they are such a beautiful group of women!” she wrote. 

The star added, “Every person on Strictly works so hard to bring the show together and they are THE most creative people - costume, hair and makeup, choreography, props - every single individual gives it everything and I am in awe of how you managed it! I am truly going to miss it a lot.Thank you 💕“.

Rose’s stand-out performances and determination throughout Strictly 2021 have won her thousands of fans. One person reflected on how “amazing” Rose is, expressing their belief that seeing the actor’s journey has made many people “feel less alone”. 

“[Y]ou are the most amazing person and you have inspired so many people and made so many people feel less alone. you deserve the world alongside the glitterball. you and @pernicegiovann1 created magic on the dance floor every week. i’m going to miss that with all my heart. the relationship the two of you formed was so beautiful to watch grow and flourish, just like watching you as a dancer🤍”, they declared. 

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice

(Image credit: BBC)

Another agreed, writing, “congratulations on an amazing time in strictly, being yourself, bringing joy and hope each week ❤️”. 

“You are amazing and such an inspiration proving you CAN do anything you put your mind too 👌🏻😘”, a third person commented warmly. 

Whilst someone else expressed their belief that Rose was the definition of a champion, replying, “Well done! This was so well deserved. You are a true champion in every sense of the word. What an inspiration! Congratulations!” 

“You are so beautiful, inside and out. Privilege indeed to watch you and Giovanni every week ❤️”, another viewer shared. 

The EastEnders star has certainly captured the hearts of the fans over the past 13 weeks, with her and Giovanni never finding themselves in the dreaded dance off. Instead, Strictly’s Rose and Giovanni have consistently been odds-on favourites, with everyone from Bookmakers to fans predicting the actor would be the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner. 

Following her Strictly success, Rose is tipped for a huge job outside of her role as Frankie Lewis on EastEnders. And having inspired thousands of people watching at home with her dance skills, kindness and incredible bond with Giovanni, there’ll no doubt be many eager to see exactly what she does next! 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


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