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Rose Ayling-Ellis signs CBeebie’s Bedtime Story

Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will be the first celebrity to autograph a CBeebies bedtime story.

Ayling-Ellis, 27, who has been deaf since birth, rose to fame as Frankie Lewis on the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She became the first deaf contestant to win the BBC’s celebrity dance competition Be sure to come dance.

On Sunday 8th May, Ayling-Ellis will make her CBeebies Story Corner debut, telling in British Sign Language the story of a young bear and his father on their journey to discovering and treating deafness.

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, she will sign Can bears ski? written by Raymond Antrobus and illustrated by Polly Dunbar.

The story draws on the author’s own experience to show how isolating it can be for a deaf child in a hearing world.

During the competition in the 19th series of Strict, Ayling-Ellis performed a touching routine with dance partner Giovanni Pernice, during which they stopped the music and danced in silence as a tribute to the deaf community.

Speaking of signing at CBeebies, Ayling-Ellis said: “I’m delighted to read my first CBeebies bedtime story in British Sign Language and it’s even nicer to share a story written by a deaf writer.

“I hope deaf children enjoy the story and inspire hearing children to want to learn more BSL.”

Ayling-Ellis silently performed part of a Strictly Come Dancing routine in tribute to the deaf community (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

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Can bears ski? will be the very first BSL autographed story on CBeebies. Ayling-Ellis will only speak to introduce the story and at the end of the program to say good night to the young audience. The story will also have subtitles.

The soap star has actively campaigned for BSL to be recognized as an official language and given legal status in the UK.

Her story will air this weekend to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week. It will be the first of two stories she recorded for CBeebies.

CBeebie’s bedtime stories is broadcast daily at 6.50pm, with episodes signed by a BSL interpreter shown every Saturday and Sunday.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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