Watch: Eddie Redmayne Reads a Christmas Bedtime Story

Eddie Redmayne appeared on BBC’s CBeebies network on Christmas Day to share a special Christmas bedtime story with pint-sized viewers. Unfortunately, Redmayne did not read from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for the segment. In the Facebook teaser video, however, he did introduce a stuffed newt named Amanda!

Redmayne read the picture book If I Had a Dinosaur, written by Gabby Dawnay and illustrated by Alex Barrow. The story follows a young girl who imagines what it would be like to have a dinosaur as a pet. During Redmayne’s introduction of the story, he provided flashes of Newt Scamander’s love for fantastic beasts.

Hey there, I’m Eddie, and I love animals. Now, tonight’s bedtime story is about a little girl who wants a really big pet.

If you missed the Christmas Day airing, you can check out the video of Redmayne reading If I Had a Dinosaur below. After listening to Redmayne’s audiobook narration of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we’re not surprised that this segment is totally charming!


Shelby Dale DeWeese

Shelby Dale DeWeese has been a Harry Potter fan since first picking up the books in 2000 and has been working for MuggleNet as a transcriber, transcript editor, and journalist since 2009. She is a writer and educator, and spends her free time reading, running, taking dance classes, and re-watching The Office.