29 Celebrities read 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Bringing together twenty-nine speakers, entertainers, and TV personalities from our roster, NMP Live is proud to present a very special celebrity reading of Clement Clarke Moore's traditional Christmas poem, A Visit from St Nicholas – more commonly known as 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Introduced by British stage and screen actor, Simon Callow OBE (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) the short film features a double Olympic gold medalist; a Rugby World Cup winner; three comedians; two knights; one Dame; one Lord; one Baroness; three Britain’s Got Talent winners; one World, European and Commonwealth champion swimmer; a vicar (with a number-one pop single to his name); a Russian World chess grandmaster; three actors; a former MP; one QC; two pop stars; the World’s greatest living explorer; three magicians; one doctor and one World Cup semi-finalist England footballer!

With each celebrity reading a line from the 1823 classic festive poem, there is no other version (as far as we know) featuring as many British celebrities. So grab a warm mince pie, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine, and get in the festive mood with our very special version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Featured celebrities and speakers

A very big festive thank you to all who contributed. In order of appearance:

Simon Callow CBE – Actor, director, and writer

Brian Blessed OBE Actor, adventurer, raconteur

Ashley Banjo Founder of Diversity dance group and TV presenter

Lucy Porter Stand up comedian

Johnny Ball  Iconic science and mathematics TV presenter

Alistair McGowan Impressionist and actor

Mark Foster Olympic swimmer and TV presenter

Shaun Williamson Actor, best known for EastEnders and Extras

Michael Mansfield QC Human rights defence lawyer

Jamie Raven Magician and Britain's Got Talent runner-up

Sir Ranulph Fiennes The World's greatest living explorer

The Reverend Richard Coles Former pop star, turned priest and broadcaster

Baroness Michelle Mone Entrepreneur, founder of Ultimo

Alec Stewart OBE Former English test cricketer

Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo  TV presenters and duo from Diversity dance group

Lord Professor Robert Winston Scientist and broadcaster

Heather Small Popstar and lead singer of M People

Ben Hanlin Television magician from ITV2’s Tricked and star of Dancing on Ice 2019 

Stuart Pearce – Football manager and former England player

Garry Kasparov World chess grandmaster and political activist

Dame Kelly Holmes  Double Olympic gold medalist

Gyles Brandreth Former MP, writer, and broadcaster

Troy Television street magician

June Sarpong MBE Television presenter and campaigner

Hal Cruttenden Stand up comedian

Eamonn Holmes  Broadcaster and TV presenter

Sir Clive Woodward 2003 World Cup-winning rugby manager

Dr Phil Hammond GP, broadcaster and comedian


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