Tom Hardy returns to read more CBeebies Bedtime Stories at Christmas

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Tom Hardy will return to CBeebies Bedtime Stories on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (BBC/PA)
Tom Hardy will return to CBeebies Bedtime Stories on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (BBC/PA)

Tom Hardy is returning to CBeebies Bedtime Stories over Christmas with his French bulldog Blue.

The Venom actor has been a big favourite since he first read a story to children on the channel in 2016, with plenty of mums confessing they tune in to hear him after their children are in bed.

His stories have since been requested more than one million times on BBC iPlayer.

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Hardy will settle into the CBeebies armchair on Christmas Eve to read An Odd Dog Christmas by Rob Biddulph, which is about a dog who is on the hunt for the perfect present.

Tom Hardy has proved popular on the children’s show, having previously spent a week during lockdown in April 2020 reading a new story each day. (BBC/PA)
Tom Hardy has proved popular on the children’s show, having previously spent a week during lockdown in April 2020 reading a new story each day. (BBC/PA)

Then on Christmas Day, the heartthrob actor will narrate The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson, with pet pooch Blue by his side.

The picture book is based on the true story of the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square, which is given each year by the Mayor of Oslo in Norway as a symbol of peace.

Tom Hardy in Venom (Credit: Sony Pictures)
Tom Hardy in Venom (Credit: Sony Pictures)

The CBeebies slot sees celebrities reading relaxing tales before children are tucked into bed and over the years stars such as Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Damian Lewis, Sir Derek Jacobi and Dolly Parton have taken part.

Tom Hardy arriving at Cineworld Leicester Square, central London, for a fan screening of Venom. Picture date: Tuesday September 14, 2021.
The actor is a favourite on the show. (PA)

Hardy, 44, has read stories to children on several special days, such as New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

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He also went on the show during the first coronavirus lockdown, entertaining little ones with a new story each day for a week.

Additional reporting by PA.

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