Rose Ayling-Ellis Joins Dating App

"Strictly" champ explores new beginnings on exclusive dating platform.

by Nouman Rasool
Rose Ayling-Ellis Joins Dating App
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Rose Ayling-Ellis, best known for winning "Strictly Come Dancing," has reportedly joined the elite dating app Raya, as a sign that she is ready to find a new love after the end of her long-term partnership last year. The actress, 29, is most famous for playing Frankie Lewis in the hit British soap opera "EastEnders" and was with Samuel Arnold in an eight-year relationship.

They had started dating back in 2014 but, according to sources, they broke up in 2022 because Ayling-Ellis's tight work schedule was just too much for them. It was said to be a very friendly breakup, with the intention of keeping a very close friendship on both sides of the couple, despite the confirmation that they did not have a romantic future together.

The split was largely ascribed to the time apart Ayling-Ellis spent touring with "Strictly Come Dancing," which she had won the previous year with her dance partner, Giovanni Pernice.

Rose Ayling-Ellis on Raya

Following the end of a relationship, Ayling-Ellis is now tentatively dipping her toe back into the dating pool once more by joining Raya, a dating platform favored by celebrity clientele.

In the past, artists including Lily Allen and Una Healy have also used the app, with Allen famously using the service to meet her now-husband, actor David Harbour. On her Raya account, Ayling-Ellis is listed as an actor, and she says she is "a lover of arts and design, skiing, and the beach." She has published her career in the television industry, and has put up several pictures in the background of festivals and holiday scenes, which altogether give a very colorful and illustrative view of her life.

The move to join Raya will see Ayling-Ellis continue to navigate her busy career all while opening up to the possibility of new romantic beginnings. Her profile portrays not only her interests and professional background but also opens a new chapter in life, embracing herself as a single individual in the public eye.