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Cbeebies’ Bedtime Stories: Our Favourite Celebrities

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What could be better than a famous face putting their unique spin on a great bedtime story? With the likes of Hollywood stars, a Bond Girl and even The Hoff reading kids their favourite books, it's no surprise that Cbeebies' Bedtime Stories has become compulsive viewing for kids and parents alike. We've rounded up a few of our favourites – many of which are still available on iPlayer in case you missed them first time round.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy - CBeebies

The point of Bedtime Stories is to lull children off to sleep but when Tom Hardy appeared on the show for Valentine's Day, it had the opposite effect with mothers everywhere. The Hollywood star read Cloudspotter and sent Twitter into a frenzy, with many mums admitting they were watching even though their little ones had gone to bed hours ago. No wonder Cbeebies got him back in for Mother's Day.

David Tennant

David Tennant - CBeebies

He might be better known for time-travelling in Doctor Who or solving murder cases in Broadchurch but David Tennant seems to have a bit of a soft spot for this Cbeebies show. The actor is well-versed in reading bedtime stories – as well as appearing several times over the years, he's got four children of his own to read to at home!

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow - CBeebies

One of the earliest celebrities to sign on to this bedtime franchise was Take That's Gary Barlow. For Christmas Eve 2010, Cbeebies spoiled us with the-then X Factor judge, looking resplendent in a knitted cardi, while he sat beside a Christmas tree. He read Elmer and Papa Red and left mums everywhere wanting him "Back For Good".

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff - CBeebies

Cbeebies had a treat for us for New Year's Eve 2012, bagging The Hoff to send little ones off to the land of nod. Sporting in a silky blue shirt and his trademark deep tan, the Baywatch and Knight Rider star read My Friend Nigel, about a boy who rescues a snail from his parents' magical spells. "I think it is so important for children to become familiar with books from an early age," he said of his cameo.

Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike - CBeebies

Bond Girl and Oscar nominee, you don't get much starrier than Rosamund Pike. The Gone Girl actress has become a bit of a Bedtime Stories regular, bringing her perfectly clipped English accent to books including Never Ask A Dinosaur To Dinner and Spaghetti With A Yeti, among others.

James McAvoy

James McAvoy - CBeebies

James McAvoy took time out from playing X-Men's Professor Charles Xavier to read five bedtime stories last year. His Scottish lilt, not to mention the way he leaned back on a sofa and asked "Are you ready for bed? Have you brushed your teeth? Have you got your teddy bear with you?" made the stories a hit with mums and kids alike.

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis - CBeebies

Reading a bedtime story might be less emotionally draining than appearing in Homeland but Damian Lewis' turn on the show did involve him talking to a puppet crocodile. The star was reading I Got A Crocodile but of course he's a real pro, having appeared twice before, and didn't look a bit ridiculous.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans - CBeebies

The latest big star to sign up for Bedtime Stories is none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans. The American actor read the appropriately-titled Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, which helps children deal with emotions when they're feeling overwhelmed. His first appearance – during which he wore a tight white T-shirt – must have been a hit because he was invited back for Father's Day to read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg - CBeebies

Shaun Of The Dead star Simon Pegg brought his own particular brand of comedy to Bedtime Stories. His first appearance saw him reading Kristyna Little's Chickens Can't See In The Dark while holding a fluffy chicken, and he couldn't resist messing around with a tree branch as he read Stanley's Stick on a return visit.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill - CBeebies

We're more used to seeing her running around the athletics track but Olympian Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill was in a more sedentary mood when she settled down to read Lion Practice, about a little girl who loves to practise being different animals before she goes to bed. “Every evening I watch CBeebies Bedtime Story with my son so it’s very strange to actually be here, on set, and reading to kids across the country. It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to my son seeing me reading it to him.” And the good news is she's recorded two more books for the show.

Who was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below? 


Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  


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