Eddie Redmayne to read festive CBeebies bedtime story

The Fantastic Beasts actor will share a tale about a dinosaur on Christmas Day

Eddie Redmayne CBeebies bedtime story

The stars have been lining up to read the CBeebies Bedtime Story this year and Eddie Redmayne is no exception.

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The Academy Award winner and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them actor will take up the mantle on Christmas Day, reading a book about a little girl who dreams about having a pet of her very own. It’s called If I Had a Dinosaur, and is written by Gabby Dawnay and illustrated by Alex Barrow.

“I had the most wonderful time reading the CBeebies Bedtime Stories,” said Redmayne. “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.”

Emily Watson bedtime story
Emily Watson reads a CBeebies bedtime story (BBC)

He’s not the only big name involved during the festive period, though. Emily Watson will take over the Story Seat on Boxing Day to read Lost For Words by author-illustrator Natalie Russell. In the book – which asks how you can express yourself if you can’t find the words – poor Tapir can’t think of anything to write in his nice new notebook but soon finds another way to express himself.

“It was such a joy to be part of the CBeebies Bedtime Stories to bring these three wonderful, imaginative books to life,” said Watson. “I hope you enjoy the tales as much as I enjoyed reading them. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and of course, a good night…”

Mark Bonnar and Pearl Mackie are among the previously announced festive readers. Bonnar will deliver his bedtime story on December 23rd while Mackie steps up to do the honours on Christmas Eve.

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