Meet the Teletubbies Sun Baby: 19-Year-Old Jess Smith Reveals Herself as the Smiling Face Who Looked Over Teletubbyland

University student's 9-month-old face was superimposed on the cartoon sun on the hit BBC/PBS TV series

By Natalie Finn Dec 23, 2014 9:54 PMTags
Jess Smith, TeletubbiesFacebook; BBC

Looking back, maybe the human baby face superimposed on a cheery yellow cartoon sun was creepy.

But that didn't stop the sun baby watching over Teletubbyland from being accepted as part of the landscape, and that face has been part of so many childhood TV-watching memories for years.

And now, with the BBC reportedly planning on producing 60 new episodes of Teletubbies, the face is all grown up and coming forward!

Jess Smith, a university student from Edenbridge, Kent, (and not Jessica Smith, from Laguna Beach) has spoken out for the first time about being the one whose 9-month-old face was seen by millions through the years, first on the BBC and then in America on PBS.

According to London's Telegraph, Smith's big reveal came during a getting-to-know-you game during her first week at Canterbury Christ Church University, when the students were asked to tell something about themselves that no one would ever guess.

After spilling the sun baby beans, she the blond, blue-eyed teen revealed herself on Facebook.

"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," she reportedly wrote. "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.

"Everyone says they can see the likeness between my face now and me as a baby. I still have a baby face. I haven't changed much either. I am still giggly."

Watch the intro right here and see if you can still see the resemblance!

Meanwhile, Jess' mother, Anji Smith, told the Telegraph that the family never realized what a huge part of TV history their daughter would end up being a part of.

"It was just something a bit different to do and we didn't expect it to be as big as it was," she said. "They just sat her in front of a camera and she just laughed and smiled at her dad. We didn't hear anything until we got a letter when she was 18 months old saying she'd been picked."