Jack Harries

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Jackson Harries
JackHarriesSpotlight.jpg
Harries in April 2011
BornJackson Frayn Harries
(1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 20)
England[citation needed]
OccupationActor, vlogger
Years active2006—present
Height5'11
ParentsAndy Harries
Rebecca Frayn
Website
www.jacksgap.com
 
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Jackson Harries
JackHarriesSpotlight.jpg
Harries in April 2011
BornJackson Frayn Harries
(1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 20)
England[citation needed]
OccupationActor, vlogger
Years active2006—present
Height5'11
ParentsAndy Harries
Rebecca Frayn
Website
www.jacksgap.com

Jackson Frayn "Jack" Harries (born 13 May 1993) is a British actor, comedian and vlogger. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of thirteen, Harries was as one of the featured cast members on the Channel 4 sketch comedy programme, School of Comedy. He is now best known for appearing alongside his twin brother Finn on the YouTube channel, JacksGap, which now has over 2 million subscribers. JacksGap is also available on Blip, a web series platform.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Harries was born in London, England[citation needed], the son of television and film producer Andy Harries, and author and director Rebecca Frayn.[1] His maternal grandfather is playwright and novelist, Michael Frayn.[2] Harries has a twin brother, Finn Harries, who is two minutes older,[3] and a younger sister, Emmy Lou.[1] He grew up in Chiswick, London[2] and attended The Harrodian School from the ages of eight to eighteen, where he studied the A-Levels, media, photography and history of art.[citation needed]

Career[edit source | edit]

Actor[edit source | edit]

In 2006, Harries made his professional acting debut at the age of thirteen, playing the son of Brendan Coyle in the dramatic ITV television movie, Perfect Parents. The following year, he appeared as "Barry" in an episode of the BBC comedy programme, Comedy Shuffle alongside his School of Comedy co-star Will Poulter.

In 2008, Harries joined the cast of the Channel 4 teen sketch comedy programme School of Comedy. The programme, inspired by a performance given by Harries and his classmates at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, first aired as a pilot on the long-running Channel 4 showcase, Comedy Lab, before being picked-up as a stand-alone programme that lasted two seasons.[2][4] On the programme, Harries portrayed a variety of characters in various comedy sketches, including appearing alongside his twin brother, Finn who portrayed his "clone" in two segments.[5]

In 2011, Harries appeared as the love interest of Abigail Hardingham in a KFC commercial.[2][6]

In 2013, Harries and his twin brother Finn portrayed a fictionalized version of themselves in an animated YouTube talk show titled "Chat Sandwich". Hosted by South African comedians Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, the twins displayed their "twin super-powers".[7]

Vlogger[edit source | edit]

In July 2011, Harries started his own YouTube channel, JacksGap as a way of documenting his gap year for his family and friends after finishing high school. When recounting how he began his YouTube channel, Harries explained, "The idea of connecting with an audience out of my bedroom just blew my mind – and I wanted to give it a go. I thought nobody would watch a random kid making movies, and for four months, nobody did. Then I put Finn in a video and the views suddenly shot up.” Jack appears in every video except for one, while Finn appears intermittently and is responsible for the logo and branding for the channel.[2]

In April 2012, JacksGap hit 10,000 subscribers and Harries was invited to become a YouTube Partner. The revenue generated from his channel was reportedly double what he had previously earned at his retail job at Apple and enabled him to travel during his gap year. The video content on JacksGap ranges from vlogs and comedy sketches, to bungee jumping, unicycling and making balloon animals, as well as documenting the twins' travels to Rome, Ibiza, South Africa, New York City, and Thailand.[2] In addition to appearing alongside his brother, Finn, Harries' videos have also featured other notable YouTube personalities, including Sam Pepper (OfficialSamPepper), Caspar Lee (DiCasp), Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Tyler Oakley (TylerOakley), among others. Jack's well known phrase is "cheeky".[8][9]

In February 2013, JacksGap reached one million subscribers, and that June, he reached the two million milestone.[10] The channel's subscriber demographics are estimated to be 88% female, ranging in age from fourteen to seventeen.[2] When describing the opportunities JacksGap has created, Jack stated, "Anything can come out of it, from signing with an agent here in the U.K. that I wasn't previously signed with, to meeting a load of amazing people that are now my best friends, to getting offers to do certain TV or film things. [...] I like to think of myself as an entrepreneur."[11] In September 2012, the Harries twins were reportedly finalizing plans for a new smart phone app and social network, both based on JacksGap.[2][11]

On 12 June 2013, exactly two years after its creation, JacksGap hit two million subscribers, which Jack and Finn celebrated by posting a video consisting of a compilation of all the videos that were posted on Jacksgap.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Harries has expressed an interest in becoming a television presenter and in September 2012, he began studying drama, television and film at the University of Bristol, while his twin brother, Finn, was studying graphic design at the University of Leeds.[2] After their first term at university, both twins decided to leave to focus on their interests in making YouTube videos and travelling. The Harries twins have stated that they've made an agreement with their parents to return to university after a year if their plans do not go as expected. [12]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Perfect ParentsEd's BoyTV
2007Comedy ShuffleBarryTV
2008Comedy LabVariousTV
2009-2010School of ComedyVariousTV

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Nigel (7 February 2007). "January: Birth of a novel". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sarah Rainey (14 September 2012). "YouTube videos funded our gap year travels". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Jack Harries (8 November 2011). "Twins". JacksGap – Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Andy Harries". School of Comedy. E4. 14 September 2009. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "School of Comedy - Andy Harries Interview". Channel4.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "KFC 'Dippin' Platter' TV ad". TellyAds.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chat Sandwich episode 2 feat. Jack & Finn Harries". Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jack Harries – YouTube – Videos". Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Sarah Britten (9 October 2012). "Caspar Lee: A web star unknown in his own country". MemeBurn. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jack Harries – YouTube – About". Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Alfonso Espina (31 December 2012). "Young YouTube Partners: Finding Success as Entrepreneurs and Internet Stars". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Jack & Finn Harries (3 March 2013). "Finn's Revenge". Youtube.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

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