20 years is a long time to keep a secret, but first-year dance education student Jess Smith couldn’t hold her tongue any longer.
“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.”
A lot has changed since the British TV series first aired in March 1997. For one, actors will likely be paid more than the £250 and box of toys Smith was paid back then.
Jess recently spoke with BBC South East about how she managed to nab one of the biggest roles in children's TV.
"I was being weighed at the hospital. My mum took me and it just happened to be the same time that the producer of the old series had come in and wanted the hospital to get in contact with them if they'd seen any smiley babies," Jess told BBC South East.
Smith decided to break her silence because of 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,” Smith told The Telegraph.
It turns out her father Bill, a furniture deliver, made 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.
Even though two decades have passed, Smith’s smiling face hasn’t changed a whole lot!