HOLLYWOOD star Kate Winslet made a surprise visit to Shropshire to read a bedtime story to a crowd of families - and she was certainly dressed for the occasion.

The Academy-Award winner, 47, appeared at the CBeebies Bedtime Story Tent at Camp Bestival in Weston Park, Shropshire, for an intimate reading of children’s classic Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey.

The Titanic actress, who attended the festival with her family and took to the CBeebies stage in her pyjamas, told the news agency PA: “I’ve been to many countries but my favourite country is England and my favourite festival is Camp Bestival.”

Her appearance comes after she kicked off a star-studded CBeebies Bedtime Stories series for Christmas last year.

The McCloskey story she chose to read was first published in 1948, and describes the adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day.

Winslet chose the book because it was one of her favourites during her childhood and has since enjoyed reading to her own children, including her son, who is named Bear.


In her CBeebies Bedtime Stories reading last year, she read Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre, which celebrates teamwork and friendship and is about a unicorn who wants to write the most fabulous story in the world, but is stuck for ideas.

Winslet’s upcoming projects include a biographical film, in which she stars as Elizabeth “Lee” Miller, a fashion model-turned-war correspondent for Vogue, which will be one of the 37 world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September.

She also recently picked up the leading actress gong at the Bafta TV awards for her role in Channel 4’s I Am Ruth, in which she starred opposite her real-life daughter Mia Threapleton.