Melbourne schoolboy Became Famous Overnight after a Japanese schoolgirl posted his photo to Twitter

In many ways, William Franklyn-Miller is like any other 12-year-old boy: he goes to school, plays rugby and hangs out with his friends.

There’s one difference though — Will has 152,000 followers on Instagram.

The Melbourne student became an overnight social media sensation after a Japanese school girl posted a photo of him to Twitter.

William Franklyn-Miller (above) has been famous online with 152,000 Instagram followers

William Franklyn-Miller (above) has been famous online with 152,000 Instagram followers

The 12-year-old shot to fame overnight after a schoolgirl posted a photo of his on Twitter

The 12-year-old shot to fame overnight after a schoolgirl posted a photo of his on Twitter

It received thousands of retweets and soon Will was flooded with followers on both Twitter and Instagram.

‘I was getting around 100 followers every three seconds,’ Will told Daily Mail. ‘We thought they were fake followers there was so many.’

Shannon Franklyn-Miller, Will’s mum, was worried his account had been hacked. It was only when people started commenting that they had seen Will on Twitter that they realised what had happened.

‘People were saying “You’re really famous in Japan, you’re really famous in China”‘ he explained. ‘It happened in about two days.’

I was getting around 100 followers every three seconds

‘I was getting around 100 followers every three seconds’: He was getting so many followers his mum thought his account had been hacked

Now the year-six kid from Melbourne has thousands of fans in China, Japan and Indonesia

Now the year-six kid from Melbourne has thousands of fans in China, Japan and Indonesia

It’s been good for Will, who is a model and actor, to raise his profile.

The 12-year-old was scouted by a modelling agent in Covent Garden five years ago, and has since worked on a few campaigns.

Most recently he started in TV show Jack Irish as a younger version of Guy Pierce’s title character.

He’s also been the Harrod’s Christmas window model and appeared in a Peking Duck music video.

Will is an actor and model who has starred in TV series Jack Irish as the younger version of Guy Pierce's title character

Talented: Will is an actor and model who has starred in TV series Jack Irish as the younger version of Guy Pierce’s title character

 He's done interviews with a number of Asian TV shows and been written about in local papers

Well known: He’s done interviews with a number of Asian TV shows and been written about in local papers

Since he became Insta-famous, Will has appeared on three different Asian TV shows, doing Skype interviews, and been interviewed by numerous publications.

His fans leave him ‘very positive’ comments, asking him to come and visit their countries.

For now, Will is focusing on school and his acting, having auditioned for a number of American feature films recently.