Actress and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Rose Eiling-Ellis will be the first celebrity to sign a bedtime story CBeebies.

The 27-year-old soap star will make her debut on Sunday’s show to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week.

Using British Sign Language (BSL), EastEnders the actress, who is deaf from birth, will tell the tale of a young bear who cannot hear.

Can bears ski ?, written by Raymond Anthrobus and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, draws on the author’s own experience to show how insulating it can be for a deaf child in a hearing world.

The book will be the first ever BSL story on CBeebies, and Eiling-Ellis will speak in it only to present it and at the end of the program to wish young viewers good night.

The story will also have subtitles.

This will be the first of two stories she has written for CBeebies.

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Eiling-Ellis said: “I am very excited to read my first CBeebies bedtime story in British Sign Language, and even more wonderfully to share a story written by a deaf writer.

“I hope deaf children enjoy the story, and it inspires hearing children to want to learn more about BSL.”

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She follows in the footsteps of other stars who have told stories on CBeebies, including Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Ed Sheeran.

Isling Ellis actively campaigned for the BLS be recognized as an official language and gain legal status in the UK.

She was the first deaf participant to win Strictly come to dance.

During the competition in the 19th series of the hit show Eiling-Ellis performed a moving program with dance partner Giovanni Pernis, during which they stopped the music and danced in silence as a tribute to the deaf.

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