EastEnders Rose Ayling-Ellis reveals set washing machine secret after confirming exit

After recently announcing her departure from EastEnders, actress Rose Ayling-Ellis has shared a secret from behind-the-scenes at the BBC One soap.

Revealing an insight into the show, the Strictly Come Dancing champion exclusively told OK! how the washing machines in the programme’s famous laundrette aren’t real.

She told us: “You know the washing machines in the laundrette? Well, they have a man behind them who winds them up to make them look like they’re real washing machines.

“There is literally someone behind it who is turning the washing machine round and round. I didn’t know that when I started and I was like: ‘Ooh!’”

Rose joined Albert Square back in 2020 as Frankie Lewis and the soap’s first deaf actor to play a regular deaf character, but the star confirmed she is leaving later this year.

Confirming her exit, Rose, 27, said in a statement: “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.”

Rose’s announcement comes after she unveiled the world’s first Barbie doll with a hearing aid.

The new collection of dolls also includes a Ken doll with vitiligo.

Opening up about the new line of diverse dolls, Rose told us: “After children watching me on telly and feeling like someone was representing them, this is something I could do for kids, too.

"I also love Barbie and it was my favourite toy, so I couldn’t say no. And there’s not just a deaf Barbie, there’s a Black Barbie in a wheelchair and one with a prosthetic leg, and a Ken with vitiligo.

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“We all come in different shapes and if we all became more accepting of each other the world would be a much better place to live in.”

She continued: “I think it’s really cool to see a Barbie with a hearing aid because I used to draw it on mine. But with the Barbie I had I used to pretend they were deaf anyway. It’s important to have the choice.”

The 2022 Barbie Fashionista line is available nationwide now, including Smyths, RRP £13.99 each.


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