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Rowan Atkinson hopes to inspire new bee lovers with his CBeebies Bedtime Story

The Mr Bean star will read The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen.

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Rowan Atkinson hopes to inspire the ‘next generation of bee lovers’ during his upcoming CBeebies Bedtime Stories appearance (BBC/PA)

Rowan Atkinson hopes to inspire the ‘next generation of bee lovers’ during his upcoming CBeebies Bedtime Stories appearance (BBC/PA)

Rowan Atkinson hopes to inspire the ‘next generation of bee lovers’ during his upcoming CBeebies Bedtime Stories appearance (BBC/PA)

Rowan Atkinson hopes to inspire the “next generation of bee lovers” during his upcoming CBeebies Bedtime Stories appearance.

The 67-year-old actor, best known for playing the childish buffoon Mr Bean, will read The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen on Friday evening.

The story follows a bear called Norman who dresses up as a bee to infiltrate a “bee school” in an attempt to get his paws on their honey supply.

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Rowan Atkinson is best known for playing Mr Bean (Yui Mok/PA)

Rowan Atkinson is best known for playing Mr Bean (Yui Mok/PA)

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Rowan Atkinson is best known for playing Mr Bean (Yui Mok/PA)

Atkinson said: “I hope this heart-warming and funny tale goes some way to demonstrating what marvellous little creatures bees are and it helps to inspire the next generation of bee lovers.”

In a picture released ahead of the broadcast, the actor can be seen surrounded by bee toys and honey.

He joins a long list of famous faces who have previously read CBeebies Bedtime Stories including the Duchess of Cambridge, Harry Styles, Tom Hiddleston, Ellie Goulding and Dave Grohl.

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Actress and Strictly Come Dancing champion Rose Ayling-Ellis also recently became the first celebrity to sign a CBeebies bedtime story.

His CBeebies Bedtime Stories episode will air on Friday June 24 at 6.50pm.


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