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Henry Rowley: The British ‘posh boy’ who became one of the year’s breakout TikTok stars | Ents & Arts News

Henry Rowley couldn’t be more honest about enjoying the recognition that comes with going viral.

“I really do love it,” he says. “Partly because I’m a vain ****!”

The 25-year-old was a standout performer at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, a prospect which not long ago would probably have made him laugh more than one of his own jokes.

No longer a mere marketing executive after finding fame on TikTok, the comic’s growing collection of skits and impressions – each personifying parts of pop culture and society we can all relate to or poke fun at – have seen him amass more than 1.3 million followers.

“It was pretty cool,” he says of the first video that really took off.

“Each time you hit a milestone of numbers it’s so surreal, the fact so many people have seen your video.

“But I think also I was keeping in mind that a lot of people probably don’t find it funny or even find it annoying, it’s just the nature of comedy, especially online.”

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Growing up ‘posh’

Since he shared his first video last year, Rowley has developed a cast of his own characters to go along with the countless celebrity impressions and film parodies.

There’s Minty and Hugo, “the music guy at afters” and “the walking ick”, the husky-voiced posh girl Delicatessen.

None of his clips are more popular than those sometimes self-deprecating riffs on Britain’s upper class, speaking in tones that would embarrass even Jack Whitehall and Boris Johnson.

And at this most wonderful time of year, when Love Actually is as inescapable as mince pies and turkey, he’s certainly not letting his Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley impressions go to waste.

“I’d grown up in Leicester being the posh one of my friends, and always sort of…

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This notice was published: 2023-12-17 00:01:00

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