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