Tom Hardy to read CBeebies bedtime story with his dog

Renowned tough guy will show his softer side on New Year's Eve

Tom Hardy is set to read a bedtime story with his dog on CBeebies on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

The Revenant star, who is best known for playing bad guys, will show his softer side by reading ‘You Must Bring A Hat’ by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley.

The story, aimed at children aged two and over, tells the tale of a little boy who is going to a party.

Hardy, who was joined by his dog Woodstock for the filming, will appear on CBeebies Bedtime Stories at 6.50 PM (GMT). He is also set to appear on more episodes in the New Year, reports BBC Newsbeat.

A range of celebrities have been involved in the series, with actor Damian Lewis and astronaut Tim Peake all reading stories.

The stories over Christmas and New Year will also feature performances from Isla Fisher, Maureen Lipman, Justin Fletcher, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.

Meanwhile, Hardy recently revealed that he lost a bet with Leonardo DiCaprio after the Oscar winner said his Revenant co-star would also get a nomination for playing John Fitzgerald.

The Legend actor bet a “tattoo of the winner’s choosing” that he would receive no such nomination.

“[DiCaprio] wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything,'” Hardy recalled. “Ha! I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.'”

DiCaprio picked up the Best Actor award for his role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant and although he didn’t win, Hardy also picked up a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

“I haven’t got [the tattoo] yet, because it sucks,” he added.

Charlize Theron also recently addressed the issues she had working with Hardy on 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Theron said Hardy had called her a “fucking nightmare” in a note he left her after filming finished.