In another edition of "Where Are They Now?" who remembers the adorable baby head who played the sun in Teletubbies? We sure do! Her face (yep, it was a her) graced morning television of many a pre-schooler, and is as infamous as the Gerber baby.
She was a celebrity amongst the infants, toddlers, and harried parents. But as we all realize later on, even sun babies don't stay sun babies forever.
Meet 19-year old Jess Smith, a Canterbury Christ Church University dance student. She was the face that greeted and giggled along with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Lala, and Po on their daily adventures in Teletubbyland.
Smith kept her sun baby past a secret for many years. But, according to MTV.com, after an assignment that required students to reveal something about themselves that no one else would guess, she decided that it was time.
On a Facebook status back in 2014, Smith said, "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."
Imagine that: the icon from your childhood sitting in the seat right beside you, worrying about tomorrow's homework. And you don't even know it.
According to the interview with Smith's mother, her signature giggles were filmed in the midst of playing with her father. Smith was paid £250 and a box of toys for her smile and giggles.
Eighteen years may have passed, but we think she still has that adorable sunny smile we all know and love.