Strictly's Rose Ayling-Ellis's rarely-seen boyfriend is all smiles on dinner date with her and Giovanni Pernice

ROSE Ayling-Ellis’s rarely-seen boyfriend joined her for dinner this week with pro partner Giovanni Pernice to mark her 27th birthday.

The EastEnders actress – who plays Frankie on the BBC soap – has been dating Samuel Arnold for around seven years, but likes to keep their romance underwraps.

But following a fun-filled dinner, Giovanni, couldn’t resist sharing a snap of them all, writing: “Still smiling and thinking about this little plate of dessert.”

The Italian dancer, 31, pulled out all the stops for Rose’s birthday and in between gruelling training he presented her with flowers and cake.

Giovanni, who recently split from Love Island's Maura Higgins, is said to be a changed man after meeting Rose.

A source told Heat: "Giovanni has really changed since meeting Rose, and for the better.

"He's seen the obstacles Rose has had to face in life and he's just in awe of her.

"She's one of the first women who he's met who's not taken in by his charms, and she isn't afraid to challenge him or take the p**s out of him, which he loves."

The pair reduced viewers to tears on Saturday night with a stunning piece of choreography that included a period of dance to silence to raise awareness of deafness.

At the end of their routine, Giovanni  told Rose he "loved her" before they received a near-perfect 39 out of 40.

Appearing on This Morning yesterday, Rose said the silent passage had shown how hard deaf people have to work every day.

"It was a special moment for me because a lot of the time you always see a deaf person getting on well and doing what is normal but you don't see how much hard work goes behind it," she said.

"So I think the silent moment was to show this is what I do when I dance. This is the amount of work I do. But I still do it with a smile on my face.

"I think that's what my message is. And that is what a lot of deaf people go through."

Giovanni said dancing to even 10 seconds of silence had been a challenge.

He said: "I am a professional dancer. I have been doing it for 23 years.

"Even 10 seconds of silence was so hard because in that 10 seconds you have to think about your steps, you have to keep in the beat.

"So I was like, now I understand what she is (doing). The 10 seconds was just powerful."

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