Will the real Banksy please stand up?

PUBLISHED: 16:34 10 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 10 July 2019

Banksy posing with her Dad. Picture: Gem Gavaghan

Banksy posing with her Dad. Picture: Gem Gavaghan


We all know the long-running speculation over the anonymous street artist, but it turns out that a Banksy has been living in Stevenage for a while.

A 10-month old baby, Banksy Hobson, who was born and raised in Stevenage, has slowly gathered an international following online.

Banksy_2018 is her official Instagram handle, and she already has more than 5,000 followers since the account was set up less than six months ago.

Possibly the only girl with Banksy on her birth certificate, Banksy was born in Lister Hospital and lives in the Shephall area with her parents.

Mum Gem, who is an amateur photographer, remembers the day she and her partner decided the name of their daughter like it was yesterday.

You may also want to watch:

"As artists, Banksy has always been our favourite," She said.

"I was 4 or 5 months pregnant and after a scan, my partner and I just looked up at each other and said Banksy.

"The name just stuck, and looking back she couldn't be called anything else. Everyone always has something to say about her name."

Now with businesses across the UK and America wanting to get in on the act, Banksy has become one of Instagram's youngest microinfluencers.

Gem says the world of Instagram is all new to her and is excited to see what the future can bring for her and her daughter.

You can follow the life of Stevenage's Banksy here.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Comet. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the The Comet