A pair of identical English twins with a video travel blog have become so popular with teenage girls that they are mobbed like rock stars at their holiday locations.
Jack and Finn Harries, 19, have 1.3 million subscribers to their YouTube channel JacksGap, which Jack initially launched to keep family members up-to-date with his gap year adventures.
Videos of the West London twins show the charismatic brothers bungee jumping naked in Thailand, raising awareness about Aids in Africa and laughingly undertaking a "cinnamon challenge".
The twins’ mother, documentary film-maker and novelist Rebecca Frayn, told The Times her sons had an intense, often alarming fan base.
“One minute our twins Jack and Finn were average, anonymous 18-year-old post A-level students... and the next there was fan mail to the ceiling, girls watching our house and sometimes - and more alarmingly - flash mobs of eager teenagers, including a posse that appeared on the last day of our family holiday in Sri Lanka.”
Ms Frayn said that Finn was initially reluctant to take part in the YouTube films with Jack and had viewed his brother’s video blogging activities with “lofty distain”.
“After much persuasion, he acquiesced and the film Twins soon became the channel’s most popular film,” she said.
The twins have both dropped out of their university courses and have registered a company name - Digital Natives Studios.
JacksGap is now the 144th biggest channel on YouTube and their videos have been viewed 50 million times.
Source: The Times
Author: Emily O’Keefe, Approving editor: Mark Worley