Who are the actors playing Teletubbies?
Teletubbies and Harry Potter, both released in 1997, are linked. The proof? Look no further than the strange antenna on the heads of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Po. Their three symbols, when combined, form the symbol for the Deathly Hallows, a key element in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter universe.
Are there real people in the Teletubby costumes?
Tinky Winky Actor Simon Shelton Wore a 10-Foot Tall, 60 Pound Costume On ‘Teletubbies’ Teletubbies was a physically taxing gig for all the stars of the BBC show. But it was especially tough on Simon Shelton Barnes. The actor behind the purple Twinky-Winky died unexpectedly last week at the age of 52.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Teletubbies visited NYC, receiving the above honour as well as having the actors’ identities revealed for the first time: John Simmit as Dipsy, CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee as Po; dancer Nicky Smedley as Laa Laa; and the late Simon Shelton as Tinky Winky.
Here’s what the actors in the Teletubby suits actually look like…