Strictly's Rose's boyfriend who keeps out the spotlight as she shines on show

by 24britishtvNov. 20, 2021, 9 a.m. 15
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Rose Ayling-Ellis has been wowing viewers on Strictly Come Dancing since the series began more than two months ago.

The EastEnders actress instantly made history as the first deaf contestant to sign up for the BBC One dance contest.

Partnered with Giovanni Pernice, the dancing couple made history again a few weeks ago when they became the first couple to get the earliest perfect 40 in the show's 19th run.

The pair are currently the hot favourite to win Strictly 2021 and had viewers in tears with their Couple's Choice routine last weekend.

READ MORE: Strictly's Giovanni on why Rose is the best dance partner



The performance feature a brief silent moment in honour of Rose, who uses British Sign Language (BSL) and the entire deaf community.

But Giovanni, 31, and Rose, 27, have not just been a hit in the ballroom as fans follow their every update on social media.

Strictly viewers have even said previously that they have noticed a 'change' in Giovanni after being partnered with Rose for his sixth year on the show.

With romance rumours often rife between the celebrities and their professional dance partners, behind-the-scenes, Rose is being supported by her long-term boyfriend.

The actress, best known for playing Frankie Lewis on the BBC One soap, has been loved-up with Samuel Arnold for seven years.

The couple keep their relationship away from the spotlight but have often posted cute pictures to Instagram.

Most of the sweet snaps are from the couple's various travels, including to Peru.

In 2020, when the pair celebrated their sixth anniversary, OK! reported that Rose wrote on Instagram: "Six years we've been together and I still don't find you annoying."

Samuel, who is also deaf, followed by sharing his own tribute to his girlfriend, writing: "I still find you the most funniest, beautiful and super cool girlfriend I ever asked for."

He added: "You are a true badass girlfriend."

She was able to celebrate in style after a day in the training room as she went out for a bite to eat with her dancing partner Giovanni.

The pair headed to Gola in Fulham, which describes itself as an 'Italian Restaurant from Puglia with a touch of aphrodisiac ingredients.'

Giovanni later took to Instagram with pictures from the birthday dinner, showing him smiling alongside Rose and Samuel.

Earlier in the day the professional dancer provided his dance partner with a bunch of flowers and a Frozen-themed cake to match their Musicals Week dance coming up this weekend.

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