25/12/2014 18:32 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Identity Of Teletubbies' Iconic Sun Baby Revealed For First Time


The identify of the iconic giggling sun baby in the Teletubbies has finally been revealed: she's 19-year-old student Jess Smith from Kent.

Jess, from Chatham, has kept her secret for nearly two decades but she's finally decided to come clean, putting to rest years of speculation about the identify of the cherubic infant who watched over Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po.

And Jess revealed she was paid just £250 and given a box of toys for her starring role in one of the most popular children's television shows of all time.

Teletubbies was a global hit from the '90s and beyond and Jess became one of the most famous faces in the world - but only her family knew it was her.

There were even rumours the true identity of the baby was another Jessica Smith - the 27-year-old star of American teen soap Laguna Beach – despite being almost a decade too old!

But the baby's true identify has come out after Jess finally revealed all during a game with her new University friends, where they each had to reveal something about themselves no-one else knew.

Jess, a first-year dance education student at Canterbury Christ Church University, told her local paper: "I thought I may as well tell them as I'm going to be spending the next three years with them."

This prompted her to share the news on her Facebook page, writing: "So I've recently celebrated my 19th birthday and after a lot of thought, I've decided it's time to tell everyone.

"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."

She added: "I do remember watching the Teletubbies when I was a child.

"When I was young I used to laugh along with the sun but it was only when I got older that I understood it was me."

Jess had been put forward for the show by her mother Anji. For the video recording, she was sat in a high chair, while her dad played with a teddy bear behind the camera.

The BBC is preparing to make 60 new episodes of the hugely popular children's television show.

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