And for Eddie Redmayne’s latest role? The Oscar-winning star of The Theory of Everything and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brit star Tom Hardy to read the CBeebies Bedtime Story – on Christmas Day, no less.
Eddie will take on storytelling duties on the evening of December 25rd and will read If I Had A Dinosaur written by Gabby Dawnay and illustrated by Alex Barrow, which tells the story of a young girl who dreams of having her own pet.
‘I had the most wonderful time reading the CBeebies Bedtime Stories,’ Eddie said. ‘Books before bed were always such an essential part of my growing up and it’s so lovely to be able to continue the tradition. I hope you enjoy the stories and Happy Christmas.’
The actor isn’t the only star that the BBC children’s channel has lined up over the festive period. Former Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie will appear on Bedtime Stories on Christmas Eve, while Apple Tree Yard’s Emily Watson (who’ll also play Marmee in the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women this Christmas) will read Lost For Words by Natalie Russell on Boxing Day. Then, on New Year’s Eve, the legendary Dolly Parton will make her Bedtime Stories return, having previously appeared on the show back in October.
Earlier this year, Eddie announced the happy news that he and his wife Hannah are expecting their second child, confirming the news in a statement released through their representative.
‘Eddie and Hannah Redmayne are delighted to confirm they are expecting their second child,’ it read. The couple, who first met as teenagers, were married in December 2014, and welcomed their first child, Iris Mary Redmayne, on 15th June 2016.