'My eldest child is 27 but I'm still watching': Tom Hardy sends fans wild as he returns to CBeebies Bedtime Stories in honour of his 42nd birthday

He's gained a huge following of fans thanks to his movie roles in Venom and Batman and small screen success stories like Peaky Blinders.

But to many, Tom Hardy's greatest screen triumph will be his CBeebies Bedtime Stories appearances.

In honour of the actor's 42nd birthday on Sunday, the kids' channel aired one of the star's most popular story sessions, sending mums wild as they settled down to watch with, or without, their children.

Fan favourite: CBeebies aired Tom Hardy's Bedtime Stories appearance on Sunday to celebrate the actor's 42nd birthday and sending fans wild

Fan favourite: CBeebies aired Tom Hardy's Bedtime Stories appearance on Sunday to celebrate the actor's 42nd birthday and sending fans wild 

First aired on the channel in 2017, the episode saw the actor looking cosy in a cardigan as he read Ross Collins' book There's a Bear on My Chair.

While the show forms part of many families' bedtime routine, some parents revealed they were watching purely for their own entertainment. 

'My eldest child is 27 today but I’m watching CBeebies tonight alone lol,' commented one on Facebook, while another added: 

Night night: First aired on the channel in 2017, the episode saw the actor looking cosy in a cardigan as he read Ross Collins' book There's a Bear on My Chair

Night night: First aired on the channel in 2017, the episode saw the actor looking cosy in a cardigan as he read Ross Collins' book There's a Bear on My Chair

'Thanks for the heads up, I’ll make sure I get home on time and put little man to bed early to watch it' alongside a winking face emoji.

'Tom Hardy reading bedtime stories on CBeebies is my favourite thing about CBeebies,' tweeted one delighted fan. 

'Just watched Cbeebies bedtime stories with Tom Hardy. It's a combo of sleep deprivation and my insane crush but I was totally captivated and just replied Night Night #tired #inlove,' said another. 

What kids? While the show forms part of many families' bedtime routine, some mums revealed they were watching purely for their own entertainment

What kids? While the show forms part of many families' bedtime routine, some mums revealed they were watching purely for their own entertainment

One fan was keen to know if CBeebies 'have lots of unseen stories by Tom,' tweeting the channel: 'Let's just have a back to back stories Tom Hardy day, my imaginary child really really likes them.'

The channel replied that 'Tom recorded a total of 5 stories for us which we repeat from time to time like this one!'

Tom dedicated his last Bedtime Stories appearance in 2017 to his beloved dog Woody, who was by his side for filming of his episodes. 

To mark National Dog Day Tom read out a special story about the friendship between a young boy and his dog following the death of Woody two months earlier. 

The movie star had a very close relationship with his dog, bringing him along to film sets and interviews.

More to come! One fan was keen to know if CBeebies 'have lots of unseen stories by Tom,' tweeting the channel

More to come! One fan was keen to know if CBeebies 'have lots of unseen stories by Tom,' tweeting the channel

Storytime: The British actor recorded five stories for the channel back in 2017

Storytime: The British actor recorded five stories for the channel back in 2017

Tom Hardy sends fans wild as he returns to CBeebies Bedtime Stories in honour of his 42nd birthday 

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