Jessica Smith, 27, is expecting a baby girl in January 2024.
Published on October 12, 2023
Say eh-oh to the Teletubbies‘ sun baby’s sun baby.
Jessica Smith, 27, played the unforgettable sun baby in the Teletubbies theme song — and she’s just announced that she’s expecting a baby of her own with partner Ricky Latham. Their baby girl is expected to arrive in January 2024.
On Instagram, Smith posted a photo of ultrasound images of her pregnancy, with the caption “When two becomes three.”
“I am feeling overwhelmed with the amount of love I am receiving from people around the world,” Smith told Entertainment Tonight. “I have received countless messages congratulating me and wishing us well for the future.”
“I am still overwhelmed with the amount of people who have watched and are watching Teletubbies, the amount of messages I receive and hearing the stories told by people around the world,” she continued. Smith also told the outlet that she’d pass the series on to her child, saying, “She will be watching my version of Teletubbies.”
Teletubbies ran for 365 episodes between 1997 and 2001, and Smith’s cheerful gaze always welcomed viewers at the beginning of every episode.
After years of keeping her claim-to-fame private, Smith revealed her Teletubbies history on Facebook in 2014. “There has been quite a few people pretending to be ‘the sun’ but only I could tell you the real story,” she wrote. “When I was about 9 months old, my mum took me for a routine checkup at the local hospital. The midwife there had been contacted by a local production company who were looking for a smiley baby, and the midwife asked if my name… could be submitted.”
Smith went on to explain how she went through a lengthy audition process until the production ultimately chose her to play the sun. Her father was an instrumental part of shaping her performance, as she said that “While recording my dad held a teddy bear behind the camera to get me to laugh, and rolled a toy racing car to get me to look down at the camera, it obviously worked.”
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