Strict winner Rose Ayling-Ellis says there is “no truth” to rumors that she is set to join Doctor Who as Ncuti Gatwa’s companion.
Speaking to Sky News at the Edinburgh Television Festival, the former EastEnders star said: “I think it was a rumor that started on Twitter, and it got bigger and bigger and now it’s everywhere.”
However, if offered the role, it looks like she’d be up for it, admitting, “Sounds like a great job!”
If Ayling-Ellis were to be a part of the sci-fi drama, she would be the first female companion with a disability to appear on the show.
The 27-year-old player, who recently left long-running BBC soap opera EastEndersmade history last year on Strictly Come Dancing, first as the show’s first deaf contestant – and then winner -.
Speaking about her breathtaking silent performance on the show with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, she said she knew it was a “special dance”.
However, at the time, she says her head was full, as she was “trying so hard to remember the steps and not mess up the routine”.
Ayling-Ellis, who will give the alternative MacTaggart talk at the Edinburgh TV Festival today, said it was a “great honour” to address the industry insider audience at the event. three days.
She’s about to talk about the biases she’s faced as a deaf person working in television and offer her thoughts on ways to change the collective mindset around portraying the deaf community.
Ayling-Ellis has been deaf since birth and grew up in a hearing family, admitting there were low moments but told Sky News ‘you have to navigate the world you live in’.
After recently finding some of her old journals, she said, “I knew it would be challenging and difficult, regardless of my career. I had written in my old journal that I would love to be on television and work for the BBC, but because I was deaf I knew it would be hard, but I knew that even at 16 I wanted to be on TV.
After finding fame in EastEnders and then being taken to the heart of the nation after her Strictly win, she says she’s not always recognized on sight – but people spot her in other ways.
“When I speak loudly – that’s when people realize it’s me!”
Rose Ayling-Ellis tells the story of Strictly
Ayling-Ellis recently unveiled the first Barbie doll with behind-the-ear hearing aidsas part of the new Rose, Barbie and Friends campaign, which includes a number of other miscellaneous dolls.
The actress, who once said she used to draw hearing aids on her Barbies as a child to make them look like her, said it was a “big moment” for her – en plus, it was “a lot of fun to dress like Barbie”. “.
The fourteenth series of Doctor Who will begin filming in November and is set to air in 2024, with Sex Education Star Gatwa Reprises Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Role.
Sky News has approached the BBC for comment.
The 2022 Edinburgh Television Festival runs from Wednesday August 24 to Friday August 26, with Sky News as official media partner.
On Wednesday, former BBC journalist Emily Maitlis gave MacTaggart’s seminal talk, calling what she called “the conservative cronyism at the heart of the BBC“.
Stars such as Brian Cox of Succession and Diane Morgan, actress of Philomena Cunk, will also be present at the festival.