|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2013)|
|Born||11 June 1991|
|Notable work(s)||Danecdotes, Drama Llama, I Will Go Down with This Ship, How to Speak Internet, The Super Amazing Project|
|Home town||Wokingham, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Signature phrase||"Hello internet!"|
Daniel James "Dan" Howell (born 11 June 1991) is an English professional vlogger and radio personality. He is best known for his YouTube channel danisnotonfire, which reached 2 million subscribers on 30 July 2013. Together with Phil Lester, Howell has presented Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 since January 2013.
Howell was born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire and has one younger brother. Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked in retail chains Focus DIY and Asda. After attending The Forrest School, Howell went to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study law, but dropped out in order to pursue video blogging as a profession. He currently lives in London with fellow YouTuber and BBC Radio 1 presenter Phil Lester.
Howell initially started making YouTube videos because he was a long-time viewer and was encouraged by some friends, including Phil Lester, to upload videos to his own channel.
He is part of the Fantastic Foursome, a group of British YouTubers consisting of himself, Phil Lester (AmazingPhil), Chris Kendall (crabstickz) and PJ Liguori (KickthePj).
In 2010 and 2011, Howell took part in the live, annual 24 hour internet broadcast "Stickaid" which is a fundraiser that encourages viewers to donate to the charity UNICEF.
In 2012, Howell won the YouTube competition "SuperNote" run by Rhett and Link. Howell also currently features in the weekly video series Becoming YouTube created by Benjamin Cook which looks at the different aspects to becoming an internet celebrity. Howell also writes a blog for The Huffington Post in which he writes about the creative process behind making his YouTube videos.
Howell and Lester collaborate on a YouTube channel for My Damn Channel, The Super Amazing Project, in which they investigate paranormal events. As of December 2013, The Super Amazing Project has over 470,000 subscribers. In December 2012, the YouTube show finished its third season of 12 episodes. Episodes of The Super Amazing Project are not weekly anymore, but rather have 'seasonal specials'. The content of these videos have since been incorporated into the 'Internet News' segment of their radio show.
BBC Radio 1
In January 2013, Howell and Lester became the presenters of BBC Radio 1's Sunday evening entertainment show. They had occasionally worked with the station before, producing videos for the station's YouTube channel and two Christmas broadcasts. Dan and Phil is a highly interactive two-hour show, featuring amateur music videos from listeners, challenges performed on air by the presenters and song requests.
Awards and nominations
In 2013, Howell and Lester were voted the UK’s favourite radio presenters and winners of the Sony Golden Headphones Award, presented by the Sony Radio Academy Awards, for Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1.
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- http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alex-perry/dan-howell-interview_b_2169948.html The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 2013
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- Dan and Phil at BBC Programmes
- Dan Howell's channel on YouTube
- Second Dan Howell's channel on YouTube
- Dan Howell on Twitter