Meet Norwich’s latest YouTube personality

YouTube star Jaack Maate, alias Jack Dean of Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

YouTube star Jaack Maate, alias Jack Dean of Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

His online videos have been watched millions of times, and now Norwich's latest YouTube sensation is hoping to forge a career as a television presenter.

Jack Dean, who makes videos as Jaack Maate on YouTube, has more than 170,000 people who follow his musings on life and celebrity interviews.

The 21-year-old, who lives off Aylsham Road, said: 'I just tend to be the class clown, the guy that everybody knows.

'Without being too offensive I like to be outlandish with my opinions and be a bit cheeky as well.

'Especially with the celebrity interviews when I try to ask them questions that not everybody would ask.'

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The former Sewell Park College pupil gave up his job at Bella Italia at Norwich's Riverside so he could focus solely on trying to make a living from his YouTube videos.

He also runs an online series in which he interviews celebrities. So far he has interviewed singer Leona Lewis and Strictly Come Dancing's Caroline Flack among others such as the cast from The Inbetweeners.

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Mr Dean said: 'I'd love to be the next Dermot O'Leary, a comic personality on television.

'I just aim to make people laugh. Back in the day when I started doing them I was moaning about lots of stuff but now I'm more about trying to make people laugh and talk about my general opinions on life.'

Over the summer Mr Dean presented Fest Date, a dating television show at six different music festivals, although the show has not yet been commissioned.

He has also previously featured on the BBC Three Hotel of Mum and Dad show.

Mr Dean is not the only member of his family making a name for himself. His cousin is Frankie Dean, from Thetford, and performs as a rapper under the name Franko Fraize.

You can view his Youtube channel by clicking here

Do you have hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.

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