Fearne Cotton is to voice a 'Teletubbies' character.

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton

The BBC Radio 1 DJ is to make her return to children's television on the upcoming 21st Century version of the BBC series that featured alien characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po and ran from 1997 to 2001.

She said: "Teletubbies holds a special place in my heart so I'm honoured to be part of this well-loved TV show. As a mum, I am sure the new series will enthral a new generation of children and I will certainly be watching with my kids."

The presenter - who has two-year-old son Rex with husband Jesse Wood and is pregnant with their second child - will provide the vocals for the Voice Trumpets while 'Absolutely Fabulous' actress Jane Horrocks will be the voice of the aliens' new 21st century gadget, the Tubby Phone.

Jane shared: "I am very excited to be playing the Tubby Phone in the new series. It has a whole new feel to it, I think it's hilarious and it will appeal to adults as much as it does children."

Meanwhile, 'Harry Potter' actor Jim Broadbent will also be voicing a character on the new series.