Who remembers the giggling sun with the baby’s face from the Teletubbies? The slightly creepy one that used to watch over Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po in Teletubbyland. Remember?
The baby is Jess Smith who is now 19 years old and in her third year of a dance degree at Canterbury Christ Church University. The dance student only recently came out with the big secret that she was in fact the giggling sun baby after deciding 18 years was long enough to keep it to herself!
“So I’ve recently celebrated my 19th birthday and after a lot of thought, I’ve decided it’s time to tell everyone,” Smith wrote on Facebook. “I used to hide it but after a lot of encouragement from my friends at university, I’ve gained the confidence to come out with it. I am the sun from Teletubbies. There has been quite a few people pretending to be ‘the sun’ but only I could tell you the real story.”
Smith’s “Teletubbies” revelation comes on the heels of the news that the BBC will make 60 new episodes of the television show.
The decision to break her silence was prompted by an assignment at Canterbury Christ Church University, when students were supposed to reveal something about themselves that no one else would guess.
“I thought I may as well tell them as I’m going to be spending the next three years with them,” she said.
Did you ever wonder how they got her to giggle and laugh so much on camera? It turns out that was all her dad’s doing, who used to make her laugh by playing with a teddy bear off camera.
“They just sat her in front of a camera and she just laughed and smiled at her dad,” her mother Anji Smith said.
And as for payment for her stellar role, Jess received 250 pounds and a box of toys! Which isn’t too bad for a toddler. And while two decades may have passed since the Teletubbies days, we think Jess is just as cute and giggly as she was all those years ago!
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