In what is surely the late-breaking news story of the year, the identity of the laughing baby sun from Teletubbies has been revealed.
Jess Smith, from Kent in the United Kingdom, recently outed herself on Facebook as the benevolent sun-child that presided over the Teletubbies’ kingdom in the hit children’s television show. Smith, 19, is currently a first-year dance student at Canterbury Christ Church University, and she went public with the announcement after selectively telling a few classmates.
“So I’ve recently celebrated my 19th birthday and after a lot of thought, I’ve decided it’s time to tell everyone,” she wrote. “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 [sic] been quite a few people pretending to be ‘the sun’ but only I could tell you the real story.”
Smith’s mother Anji took her to Edenbridge Hospital to be weighed in 1996, and a hospital employee – tasked by Ragdoll Productions with finding a smiley baby and presumably taken with Smith’s infantile effervescence – forwarded the child’s name.
“It was just something a bit different to do and we didn’t expect it to be as big as it was,” the elder Smith told the U.K. Telegraph.
“They just sat her in front of a camera and she just laughed and smiled at her dad,” she explained. “We didn’t hear anything until we got a letter when she was 18 months old saying she’d been picked.”
Smith’s payment for the iconic role? Two hundred and fifty pounds (about $388 in today’s money) and a box of toys.
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