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Daniel Howell
Dan Howell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Howell in 2014
Personal information
BornDaniel James Howell
(1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 27)
NationalityBritish
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
OccupationYouTube personality
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2009–present
Subscribers6.5+ million (Daniel Howell)
1.8+ million (danisnotinteresting)
3.1+ million (DanAndPhilGAMES)
Total views621+ million (Daniel Howell)
68+ million (danisnotinteresting)
542+ million (DanAndPhilGAMES)
NetworkAbove the Fray
Associated actsPhil Lester
Catchphrase(s)"Hello Internet"
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2011
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013

Daniel James "Dan" Howell (born 11 June 1991)[1] is an English YouTuber and former radio personality. He is best known for his YouTube channel Daniel Howell (formerly known as danisnotonfire), which has reached over six million subscribers. Together with frequent collaborator Phil Lester, Howell presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and presented the station's Internet Takeover slot from September 2014 until April 2016.

Early life

Howell was born in Wokingham, Berkshire and raised in Winnersh.[2] He has a younger brother[2] and has a close relationship with his grandmother.[3][4]

Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked for retail chain Focus DIY at the age of 16, and later at the supermarket Asda.[5] After graduating from The Forest School in 2009, Howell took a gap year, during which he started posting videos to his channel as a hobby.[6] He then went to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study law, but dropped out in 2011 because of a lack of interest in the subject, instead going on to pursue radio presenting and video blogging as a full-time profession.[2]

Career

YouTube

Howell uploaded his first YouTube video titled "HELLO INTERNET" on 16 October 2009.[7] He was encouraged by "some friends" including Phil Lester to continually upload videos to the site.[2]

He also has a second channel, danisnotinteresting, which has over 1.8 million subscribers and 68 million views, as of August 2018. He currently broadcasts weekly hour-long live shows on this channel, as well as on YouNow.

In 2012, he won the YouTube competition "SuperNote" run by Rhett and Link.[8] He also featured in the weekly video series, Becoming YouTube by Benjamin Cook, which looked at the different aspects to becoming an internet celebrity.[9] He also wrote a blog for The Huffington Post about the creative process behind making his videos.[10]

Howell and Lester collaborated on a YouTube channel for My Damn Channel, entitled The Super Amazing Project, in which they investigated paranormal events.[11] In October 2014, it was announced that as of that month, the duo would not carry on working on the project, in order to concentrate on their Radio 1 show.[12] It was later announced that the Super Amazing Project would continue production, but hosted by different presenters, Alastair James Murder and Victoria Atkin, scouted by the My Damn Channel network.[12][13]

On 12 September 2014, Howell and Lester posted the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanAndPhilGAMES.[14] On 8 March 2015 the channel hit 1 million subscribers.[15] It was officially the fastest growing channel on YouTube.[16] DanAndPhilGAMES currently has over 3.1 million subscribers.[17]

On 1 April 2015, Howell and Lester launched a spin-off channel, DanAndPhilCRAFTS, as an April Fools joke. It features 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.[18] "Don't cry, craft" became a popular Internet meme from that video, described by the Standard-Examiner as "one of the best known YouTube phrases of all time".[19] The channel was awarded the YouTube Silver Play Button at Summer in the City 2015.[20][21] On 1 April 2016, Howell and Lester made a second video for that channel in which they did another joke tutorial, this time on making glitter faces.[22] In 2017, a third and final video to end the trilogy, titled "Potato Prints" was uploaded.[23]

On 1 May 2017, Howell posted a video on his channel stating that he had changed the name of his YouTube channel from danisnotonfire to Daniel Howell, after stating issues arising from the danisnotonfire name.[24]

BBC Radio 1

In January 2013, Howell and Lester became the presenters of BBC Radio 1's Sunday evening entertainment and request show.[25] They had occasionally worked with the station before, producing videos for the station's YouTube channel for Edinburgh Festival Fringe and presenting two Christmas broadcasts. The show was designed to be interactive with the audience, featuring amateur music videos from listeners, challenges performed on air by the presenters and song requests.[26] Four months after starting the show, it won the Sony Golden Headphones award.[27]

Howell and Lester presented at the Teen Awards in 2013 and 2014, as part of the BBC online coverage and their Radio 1 show.[28]

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.[29] This new show was titled The Internet Takeover, and featured Howell along with Lester live on the first Monday of every month, before coming to an end in April 2016.[30]

TV and film

Since 2014, Howell and Lester have hosted the worldwide YouTube livestream of the Brit Awards as well as making backstage videos for their channel.[31]

In 2015, Howell, along with Lester, had voice cameo appearances in the UK cinema release of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 as Technician 1 & 2.[32] However, this version is not in the UK home release.

On 2 February 2016, his BBC Three eSports documentary The Supergamers aired.[33]

In December 2016, Howell and Lester voiced two gorilla princes named Majinuni and Hafifu respectively, in the episode "The Lost Gorillas" in Disney Junior's The Lion Guard.[34]

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).[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] It also became a #1 New York Times Bestseller in the young adult hardcover list.[38]

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 with a show at the London Palladium.[39] During the tour, they sung original song "The Internet Is Here", which they later released as a charity single for Stand Up To Cancer, earning them a gold record disc for the sales of the song.[40]

In 2016, they took the tour to the US and Toronto, starting with a show in Orlando, Florida on 22 April and ended on 24 June with a show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.[41] It was the largest tour ever achieved by YouTube creators.[42] They later toured Australia in August 2016, starting in Perth and ending in Brisbane,[43] and finished the tour with a European leg, performing in Stockholm, Berlin, and Dublin.[44]

YouTube Red Originals and Dan and Phil Go Outside

In October 2016, The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire was released as a YouTube Red Original film by the same name along with a documentary, Dan and Phil's Story of TATINOF.[45][46] They are the first British YouTube creators to release content on the YouTube Red platform.

Alongside these films, they released a photo book, Dan and Phil Go Outside, in November 2016, which includes a personal collection of candid photos and insightful stories from the tour.[47] The book became a #1 New York Times bestseller.[48]

Interactive Introverts

In November 2017, Lester and Howell announced their second tour, Interactive Introverts, a world tour that will took place in 2018.[49] The tour ran from April to September and included 80 shows in 18 countries, including but not limited to Poland, the Philippines, India, Russia, New Zealand, Finland, and the Netherlands,[50] making it one of the biggest YouTuber tours of all time.[48]

Lester and Howell partnered with BBC Studios' TalentWorks to release a movie of Interactive Introverts with bonus features, such as behind the scenes content and director's commentary, on DVD, Blu-ray, and available for digital download in December 2018.[51][50]

Personal life

Howell has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Phil Lester since August 2011,[52] first in Manchester before moving to London together in July 2012.[53][54] They have shared a total of three homes[55] and frequently appear in each other's videos.

In October 2017, Howell posted a video, "Daniel and Depression", in which he revealed that he had suffered from clinical depression. He also spoke of his journey to recovery, which involved taking antidepressants, seeing a therapist, and focusing on "basic self-care".[56][57] Howell uploaded this video the day after World Mental Health Day, in which he,[58] as well as Lester,[59] vocally supported #HelloYellow,[60] a mental health campaign by UK-based organisation, YoungMinds, prompting the organisation to officially name Howell their newest ambassador.[61]

Awards and nominations

Year Show Award Nominee Result
2013 Sony Awards Golden Headphones Award Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 Won[62]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Web Collaboration The Photo Booth Challenge Nominated[63]
Lovie Awards Internet Video Person of the Year Dan Howell Won[64]
2016 British Online Creator Awards Film of the Year (With Phil Lester) The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire - Official Movie Won[65]
(With Phil Lester) Dan & Phil's Story of TATINOF Nominated[66]
Collaboration of the Year (With Phil Lester) Phil is not on fire 7 Won[65]
(With Louise Pentland) Our Awkward Fancy Meal Nominated[67]
Series of the Year Internet Support Group Nominated[68]
Best Use of Tech in a Video The Dan and Phil 3D AUDIO EXPERIENCE Nominated[69]
Creator of the Year Dan Howell Nominated[70]

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