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New arrival: Actor and film-maker Cal Arnold O'Driscoll from Dublin. Photo by Steve Humphreys

New arrival: Actor and film-maker Cal Arnold O'Driscoll from Dublin. Photo by Steve Humphreys

New arrival: Actor and film-maker Cal Arnold O'Driscoll from Dublin. Photo by Steve Humphreys

When he calls in response to an email, Cal Arnold tells me he's on his way home from school. The 17-year-old is nothing if not a multitasker: as well as studying and updating his YouTube channel, he's a budding actor, most recently appearing in The Windermere Children, a BBC film. "I like being busy," he says.

Arnold, from Dublin, started making YouTube videos at the age of eight, mainly working with flat motion graphics. As he puts it: "I would get Lego figures and take lots of pictures and make them move, basically."

His channel began to take off in 2017 after he posted an eight-minute video on the differences between Irish and English slang, which is now at over 1.2 million views. It featured a British friend trying to guess the meaning of different Irish colloquialisms, prompting much confusion over terms like "mot".