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Phil Lester
Phil Lester by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lester in 2014
Personal information
Born Philip Michael Lester
(1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 30)[1]
Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, England,
United Kingdom[2]
Nationality British
Residence London, England,
United Kingdom
  • YouTube personality
  • Radio host
YouTube information
Years active 2006–present
Subscribers 4+ million
Total views 436+ million
Associated acts Daniel Howell
Internet information
Web alias(es) AmazingPhil, LessAmazingPhil

Philip Michael "Phil" Lester (born 30 January 1987) is a British YouTuber, vlogger and former radio personality from Rawtenstall, Lancashire. He is best known for his YouTube channel AmazingPhil. Together with frequent collaborator Daniel Howell, Lester presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and from September 2014 to April 2016 the duo were monthly hosts on the station's Internet Takeover slot.


Lester was born and raised in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Along with older brother Martyn,[3] he attended Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School.[4] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Linguistics and later a Master of Arts in Video Postproduction with Specialisation in Visual Effects, both from the University of York.[5]

Lester has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Daniel Howell since August 2011,[6] first in Manchester before moving to London together in July 2012.[7] They have shared a total of three homes[8] and frequently appear in each other's videos.



Lester with friend Howell, meeting fans

At age 19 on 27 March 2006, Lester posted his first YouTube vlog titled "Phil's Video Blog" on his main YouTube channel, AmazingPhil.[9] Since then he has posted over 200 videos on his channel and as of May 2017 has over 4 million subscribers and 459 million video views.[10] He reached 1 million YouTube subscribers on 6 July 2013, 2 million on 29 August 2014 and 3 million on 12 October 2015.[11][12]

Lester also has a second channel, LessAmazingPhil, which has over 1 million subscribers and 31 million views, as of May 2017.[13] He currently broadcasts weekly hour-long live shows on this channel, as well as on YouNow.

In 2010, Lester and Howell took part in the live, annual 24-hour internet broadcast "Stickaid", a fundraiser for charity UNICEF.[14]

Lester has also appeared alongside Howell in Benjamin Cook's twelve part web series Becoming YouTube, and was interviewed on the various topics Cook covered.[15]

On 12 September 2014, Lester and Howell posted the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanandPhilGAMES. On 8 March 2015 the channel hit 1 million subscribers.[16] It was officially the fastest growing channel on YouTube.[17] DanAndPhilGAMES currently has 3 million subscribers[18].

On 1 April 2015, Lester and Howell launched a spin-off crafts-based channel, DanAndPhilCRAFTS, as an April Fools joke. It featured a single video of them creating square snowflakes out of paper, with an amateur editing style and humour throughout. It reached over 154,000 subscribers and 500,000 total video views in one week.[19] Additional videos were uploaded on April Fool's Day in 2016 and 2017.

The Super Amazing Project

In 2011, Lester and Howell created a collaborative YouTube channel through network My Damn Channel. Titled The Super Amazing Project, it featured the duo discussing and investigating paranormal events.[20] Segments included "Viewers Spooky Happenings", where the audience of the show would send in "scary" items for the video bloggers to react to, and "In The News This Week", where the duo recapped recent light-hearted news items and viral videos. In October 2014, it was announced that as of that month Lester and Howell would not carry on working on The Super Amazing Project in order to concentrate on their Radio 1 show.[21] Lester and Howell later announced that the Super Amazing Project would be hosted by new presenters, found by channel owners My Damn Channel.[21][22]


In November 2012, the BBC announced that from January 2013 onwards, Lester and Howell would present the Sunday night entertainment and request show for national UK radio station BBC Radio 1.[23] The duo had occasionally worked with Radio 1 before, making videos for the station's YouTube channel[24] and presenting two Christmas broadcasts.

The show was designed to be an interactive, audio-visual broadcast involving music videos made by viewers, physical challenges performed on air by Howell and Lester, and song requests from listeners. It was streamed in video, live on the BBC Radio 1 website, and accessible worldwide.[25]

In August 2014, it was announced that the last Dan and Phil show would be broadcast on 24 August, with the duo moving to a different show on Monday nights, featuring other popular video bloggers.[26] This new show was titled The Internet Takeover, and featured Lester alongside Howell live on the first Monday of every month, before coming to an end in April 2016.[27]

The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire and The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire

On 26 March 2015, Lester and Howell announced via a trailer on Howell's channel that they had co-written a book titled The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire (TABINOF).[28] It was released in the UK on 8 October 2015 and worldwide on 15 October 2015, published by Ebury Press and Random House Children's Books.[29] The book topped the General Hardbacks Sunday Times Bestsellers list having sold 26,745 copies in the UK in the first week of its release.[30] It also became a #1 New York Times Bestseller in the young adult hardcover list.[31][32]

In the same trailer the pair announced their theatrical stage show The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire (TATINOF) which travelled around the UK during October and November 2015, ending at the London Palladium.[33]

On 22 April 2016 they are took the tour to the US which began at Playlist Live in Orlando, Florida and ended on 24 June at the Dolby in Hollywood, CA.[34] It was the largest tour ever by YouTube creators.[35] They later toured Australia in August 2016 starting in Perth and ending in Brisbane,[36][37] and finished with a quick tour of Europe.[38]

YouTube Red Originals and Dan and Phil Go Outside

On 24 June 2016 they announced The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire is to be released later in the year as a YouTube Originals film along with a making of documentary.[39] They are the first British YouTube creators to release content on the YouTube Red platform.

Alongside this in November 2016 they released a photobook named Dan and Phil Go Outside which includes a personal collection of candid photos and insightful stories from the tour[40]

Interactive Introverts

In November 2017, Lester and Howell announced their second tour, Interactive Introverts, a world tour that will take place in 2018 [41][42].

Other media

In 2007, Lester appeared as a contestant on The Weakest Link,[43] making it to the final round. He also played the role of Tim in 2009 film Faintheart[44] and appeared in a advertisement later that year.[45] At the time of making the advert, he had around 27,000 subscribers.

Lester was interviewed with other internet entertainers on Channel 4 News in October 2012 about the increased popularity of YouTube and video blogging as a profession.[46]

In 2013 Lester and Howell appeared on Friday Download, a BAFTA award winning CBBC TV show.[47]

From 2014-2016 Howell and Lester hosted the worldwide YouTube livestream of the Brit Awards as well as making backstage videos for their channel.[48]

In 2015, Lester and Howell had voice cameo appearances in the UK cinema release of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 as Technician 1 & 2.[49][50] However, this version is not in the UK home release. That same year, the duo also guest-starred in fellow YouTuber PJ Liguori's online series Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures, voicing anthropomorphic food items Brie and Rash.[51]

Lester and Howell voiced two gorilla princes named Hafifu and Majinuni respectively, in a December 2016 episode of Disney Junior's The Lion Guard.[52]

Awards and nominations

In 2011, Lester won a Guinness World Record for fastest coin stacking, placing 25 coins on top of each other in 31.617 seconds.[53]

Year Award Nominee Result
2013 Sony Golden Headphones Award Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 Won[54]
2014 Teen Choice Award - Web Collaboration The Photo Booth Challenge Nominated[55]
2016 British Online Creator Awards - Creator of the Year Phil Lester Won[56]
British Online Creator Awards - Collaboration of the Year (With Dan Howell) Phil is not on fire 7 Won[56]
British Online Creator Awards - Film of the Year (With Dan Howell) The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire - Official Movie Won[56]
British Online Creator Awards - Film of the Year (With Dan Howell) Dan & Phil's Story of TATINOF Nominated[57]
British Online Creator Awards - Collaboration of the Year (With Hazel Hayes) Tipsy Talk with AmazingPhil Nominated[58]
British Online Creator Awards - Travel Video of the Year A Day in the Life of Dan and Phil in AUSTRALIA! Nominated[59]


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  55. ^ "2014 Teen Choice Awards - News". 2014-10-07. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  56. ^ a b c @BONCASawards (22 November 2016). "Congratulations to @danisnotonfire and @AmazingPhil on their incredible #BONCAS success!" (Tweet). Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via Twitter. 
  57. ^ @BONCASawards (29 October 2016). "AND THE JURY NOMINEES FOR FILM OF THE YEAR ARE IN! 🎬 @KSIOlajidebt @Caspar_Lee @danisnotonfire @AmazingPhil @bertieglbrt @midnightbeastuk" (Tweet). Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via Twitter. 
  58. ^ @BONCASawards (18 November 2016). "And here are the nominations for Collaboration of the Year! #BONCAS" (Tweet). Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via Twitter. 
  59. ^ @BONCASawards (29 October 2016). "First up - TRAVEL VIDEO OF THE YEAR ✈️ @EvanEdinger @AmazingPhil @funforlouis @niomismart @DougArmstrong" (Tweet). Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via Twitter. 

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