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England cricketers to appear on CBeebies Bedtime Stories

Two of three guests to mark historic first LGBT couple appearance on the iconic kids show

The women's cricket stars of England, Nat and Katherine Sciver-Brunt, are all set to make history but this time it won't be on the cricket field. The two female cricketers will become the first LGBT couple to appear on Bedtime Stories on CBeebies.

Two of England's most decorated cricketers married last year. In their illustrious careers, both cricketers have won Women's Cricketer of the Year awards. 

On the show, the Sciver-Brunts will read two stories. They will read Find Your Happy by Emily Coxhead, a story about feeling happy and having a positive outlook on life. Afterwards, Find Your Happy will be followed by Sloth, a story that focuses on emotional battles and how happiness can help.

Nat Sciver-Brunt was delighted with the shoot ahead of the episode's airing on June 9. After the shoot, she said:

 “I put my expressive face to good use hopefully! It’s really important to know that it is ok to feel different things or not fit in and to know that you will find your comfort zone. Becoming a CBeebies Bedtime Story reader is such an elite list to be joining and it’s such a special thing for us to be doing in Pride Month.”

Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Nat's partner, also expressed her thoughts saying:

“We had a lot of fun. We’re delighted to have been a part of it, especially as a couple and representing the cricket family.

“It’s really nice to be able to do something so different and hopefully our nieces and nephews will enjoy watching us read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.”

The shoot was wrapped up at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground which will also host the opening match of the Women's Ashes.

Scottish cricketer Abtaha Maqsood will also read the story to mark South Asian heritage month

CBeebies Bedtime Story will also feature Scottish cricketer Abtaha Maqsood, who also took part in the shoot. 

As the first woman to wear the hijab during The Hundred tournament, Maqsood has inspired millions. 

Abtaha Maqsood was delighted with this collaboration with CBeebies Bedtime Story. She said:

“I absolutely loved reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story, it’s like nothing I’ve ever done before and I’m really excited to see it come to life.

“Both the stories I read are a great reminder that you can be whoever you want to be, no matter who you are, what religion you follow or what you choose to wear.”

She will read two stories, Not Now, Noor! By Farhana Islam and Nabila Adani to mark South Asian heritage month. Her episode will be aired on July 14.

In addition to these cricketers, the show has also featured Rob Burrow, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Anthony Joshua, Harry Kane, Leah Williamson Rose, Ayling Ellis, Tom Hardy, Dolly Parton, Harry Styles and Kate Winslet.

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