Strictly's Rose beams with happiness as she celebrates her 27th birthday with partner Giovanni and a cake

STRICTLY'S Rose Ayling-Ellis beamed with happiness as she celebrated her birthday with dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

The soap star – who is best known for playing Frankie Carter on EastEnders – turned 27 on Wednesday.


Luckily Rose was treated like a princess all day by her partner Giovanni, 31.

The Italian hunk took to Instagram to tell his followers their plans for the day.

Giovanni said: "So today is your birthday," as he panned the camera over at Rose.

"Happy birthday, happy birthday. We're going to celebrate today…"

An intrigued Rose asked: "How?"

The dancer replied: "Quick step. You happy?"

An unimpressed Rose said: "Yeah…"

The Strictly pro then posted a much happier video of Rose with a huge smile on her face holding a bunch of flowers and a birthday cake.

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The actress took Giovanni by surprise as she pretended to throw the sweet treat in his face.

They later enjoyed a bite to eat at Gola Restaurant, a four-star Italian eatery in Fulham, west London.

The birthday girl, who is the show’s first deaf contestant, is hot favourite to win Strictly after tear-jerking dance tribute to the deaf community last weekend.

The spellbinding routine saw the music stop halfway through as the couple continued to dance.

They received a near-perfect 39 out of 40.

Judge Anton du Beke fought back tears as he declared: “That’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen on the show. Congratulations.”

Head judge Shirley Ballas stood up and said it took her to a “much deeper place”, adding: “I’m sure the deaf community will be so proud of you. This is a number that will be etched in my heart for a long time, it was absolutely beautiful.”

Rose and Giovanni previously scored a perfect 40 for their Halloween-themed tango last month.

Betfair’s Sam Rosbottom told The Sun: “Rose Ayling-Ellis is the overwhelming odds-on favourite to win.

"Her closest competition is AJ Odudu, but she's way back, suggesting punters think the actress has one hand on the Glitterball trophy.”





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