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Who are the celebrities who starred as readers?

Harry Styles joins CBeebies Bedtime Story celebrity list.  (BBC)

Harry Styles joins CBeebies Bedtime Story celebrity list. (BBC)

A preschool channel story reading show may not sound like the most A-list events, but over the years, the CBeebies Bedtime story has attracted some of its most iconic stars as guests.

Of course, the beauty is that most of their young audience will have no idea who’s reading the story – they just see a different presenter who introduces himself by first name only, even though their excited parents might have suggested tuning in.

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The Bedtime Story has become a popular institution in recent years, with everyone from rock stars to royals signing up to read it.

Here’s who read the CBeebies story before bed.

Harry Stiles

Harry Styles settles into the story.  (BBC)

Harry Styles settles into the story. (BBC)

The former One Direction star is new to Coachella’s solo career, and has drawn comparisons to Mick Jagger and David Bowie, two films set to be released in 2022.

But despite his star status, he still has time to settle down with a story that came out on May 23, 2022.

Rose Aaling Ellis

Rose Ayling Ellis in The CBeebies Bedtime Story.  (BBC/PA)

Rose Ayling Ellis signed the CBeebies bedtime story. (BBC/PA)

East Enders star and Strictly come dance Winner Ayling-Ellis is building a diverse fan base thanks to her primetime appearances.

Young viewers were treated to the first signed version of the bedtime story when it appeared at Deaf Awareness Week in 2022.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge read the CBeebies story before bed.  (Kensington Palace/PA Wire)

The Duchess of Cambridge reads at Children’s Mental Health Week. (Kensington Palace/PA Wire)

In early 2022, CBeebies surpassed the star factor by signing a property to read a story.

Kate settled down for a bedtime reading for Kids Mental Health Week.

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  • Jessica Ennis Hill

  • Soran Jones

  • Robert Webb

  • Isla Fisher

  • Edith Bowman

  • Maxine Beck

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl chose to read Ringo Starr.  (BBC)

Dave Grohl chose to read Ringo Starr. (BBC)

Read The Foo Fighters Frontman octopus garden By Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who based his book on the lyrics of his band’s songs.

Grohl, 52, said, “As a proud father of three, I have always enjoyed reading stories to my children. It has been a pleasure reading these stories for CBeebies.”

  • Ed Sheeran

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus

  • Ragin Bone Man

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Reggie Jean Paige

Reggie Jean's page on CBeebies

Read the Rege-Jean page on Mother’s Day 2021. (BBC)

The Bridgeton The star may not have been very familiar with younger viewers, but he rose to fame thanks to his role in the steamy Netflix period drama — making him the perfect pick for Mother’s Day 2021 reading.

  • Rick Astley

  • Reese Witherspoon

  • Felicity Jones

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy at CBeebies Bedtime Stories

Tom Hardy is a regular story reader. (BBC)

Actor Tom Hardy, who has appeared multiple times, is a perennial favorite with bedtime story viewers (and their parents).

He is joined by his dog Blue’s Christmas appearance, a bittersweet moment as he previously read it with his late dog Woody at his side before losing his beloved pet in 2017.

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  • Sir Elton John

  • Dolly Parton

  • David Schwimmer

Chris Evans

Chris Evans The CBeebies Bedtime Story

Read Chris Evans Even superheroes have bad days. (BBC)

The Hollywood actor and Avengers star is perhaps one of the most popular stars for young viewers to read a bedtime story.

Evans visited CBeebies in 2017 to read Even superheroes have bad days.

  • Cat Daily

  • Romish Ranganathan

  • Shine Ward

  • Floella Benjamin

  • Sophie Ellis Bextor

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen attended a video call to celebrate 20 years of the Waterstones Children's Award for Children at Waterstones Piccadilly in London.

Michael Rosen has written many beloved children’s books. (PA)

Children’s author Rosen is an obvious choice to be a successful bedtime story, writing classics like We’re going on a bear hunt And sad book.

Anyone who has seen it reads Chocolate cake He’ll know what a skilled story reader is, too.

  • Ben Foulkes

  • David Tennant

  • Toby Stevens

  • Greg James

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston at CBeebies (BBC/PA)

Tom Hiddleston settles into the corner of the CBeebies story. (BBC)

The Avengers star spent some time in his busy Hollywood schedule reading subrato By Sue Hendra in 2021.

He said, “The bedtime story is all about a super villain. This guy is really naughty, so rude…and bright green. But never fear, because wherever there’s a problem, the superhero is sure to follow.”

  • Joanna Page

  • Rosamund Pike

  • Damian Lewis

  • Simon Le Bon

  • David Hasselhoff

  • Simon Pegg

  • James McAvoy

  • David Williams

The bedtime story airs at 6.50pm Monday through Friday on CBeebies.

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