Strictly Come Dancing lineup 2021 – EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis named 12th contestant as covid chaos stops filming


THE latest person to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 lineup was revealed as EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis this evening.

The historic announcement was made tonight on EastEnders’ social media just after the latest episode of the BBC1 soap, which sees her play Frankie Lewis, who is also the show’s first deaf character.

The news comes as Strictly was hit by a Covid crisis – just days into filming of the new series.

Professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova tested positive for the virus in the first week of filming preparations – meaning many of the cast and crew must isolate for 10 days.

Despite the majority of pros and celebs being double jabbed, there are now fears of further cases.

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