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Middleton in 2014
Personal information
BornDaniel Robert Middleton
(1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 (age 28)
Aldershot, England
ResidenceWellingborough, England
OccupationVideo game commentator
Jemma Middleton (m. 2013)
YouTube information
Years active2012–present
GenreMinecraft, gaming, Fortnite
Subscribers22.1 million
Total views15.5 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2013[1]
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013[2]
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2016[3][4]
Updated 3 October 2019

Daniel Robert Middleton[5] (born 8 November 1991), known online as DanTDM (formerly The Diamond Minecart), is a British YouTube personality, professional gamer, and author. His online video channels have covered many video games, mainly the popular game Minecraft. His channel has been listed among the top YouTube channels in the United Kingdom.[6] In 2014, Business Insider estimated Middleton's annual income to be somewhere between $213,000 and $2.15 million.[7] In July 2015, his channel was listed as one of the most popular YouTubers in the world by viewership.[8] He has earned several Kids' Choice Awards as well as set Guinness World Records for his gaming and presenting. In 2017, Middleton topped the Forbes list of Highest-Paid YouTube Stars, earning $16.5 million (about GB£12.2 million) in one year.[9] As of June 2019, Middleton has over 14 billion views and 21 million subscribers.

Early life

Middleton was born on 8 November 1991 in Aldershot, England, as the elder of two siblings.[10] His parents divorced when he was a child.[10] He attended the University of Northampton,[11] and started a YouTube channel in 2010 dedicated to Pokémon while at university, in which he called himself "PokemanDanLv45".[12]


In 2012, Middleton created The Diamond Minecart, a gaming channel whose audience consists of mostly children ages 5–10.[11] He changed his YouTube channel name to TheDiamondMinecart // DanTDM, and then, on 12 December 2016, to just DanTDM.[13][a] He produces videos out of his home studio in Wellingborough.[11]

He released a graphic novel called Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal on 6 October 2016.[14] The graphic novel features characters from his YouTube shows including: DanTDM and his dog Grim, the scientist Dr. Trayaurus, evil lab boss Denton and sidekick Fin.[15][16][17] The novel reached the number one spot on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover graphic books for eleven weeks.[18] He was a featured guest at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and went on a book tour that included parts of the UK and a visit to New York City.[14][19][20][21] In 2017, he has gone on another tour to the United States to 21 venues.[22] In that same year, he went on another tour in Australia.[23]

His online video channel had focused primarily on the popular game Minecraft, but as of 2016, he has allocated part of his channel to playing other video games, such as Roblox and Tomodachi Life.[24] He also plays and comments on the popular online video game Fortnite.[25][26]

In 2017, he starred in a web series called DanTDM Creates a Big Scene[27] starring himself and featuring other social media entertainers and actors.[28][29] The series premiered on 7 April 2017 exclusively for YouTube Red, YouTube's subscription service,[30] The show "follows DanTDM and his group of animated friends as they battle to keep their live show on the road".[31] and ran for 6 episodes.[32]

Personal life

In June 2013, when his channel exceeded 100,000 subscribers, he posted a video showing his real-life self for the first time, thanking the fans, and announcing plans to create video blogs about his real life.[1] The channel was called MoreTDM in 2014, in which he posts videos about his daily "non-Minecraft" life.[33]

Middleton married his girlfriend Jemma on 17 March 2013.[34] On 17 August 2019 they announced they are expecting their first child, a son, in January 2020.[35]

Live shows

DanTDM On Tour

DanTDM On Tour was DanTDM's debut live show in 2016-17, it toured around the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. A recording of the show live at the Hammersmith Apollo was released on DVD on November 20, 2017. A signed version was released for one day on November 20, 2017.

The Contest

The Contest, also known as DanTDM Presents The Contest and The Contest in partnership with Nintendo Switch, was DanTDM's second live show, it toured and the United Kingdom in 2019. A recording of the show live at the SSE Hydro, referred to as the Glasgow Arena in the show, was adapated for the cinema on 2-3 November 2019, it featured questions that could be answered on a partnering app.


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet eBoy Voice role; UK version[citation needed]
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Skylanders Academy Cy Voice role; recurring
2017 DanTDM Creates A Big Scene Himself YouTube Original series; 6 episodes




  1. ^ Although DanTDM's channel name has changed, the channel still lists itself as TheDiamondMinecart within its URL


  1. ^ a b TDM Vlogs – 100,000 Subscribers, IRL & Events!. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ The Diamond Minecart // DanTDM (17 September 2014). YouTube's Golden Award! – TheDiamondMinecart. Retrieved 11 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ TheDiamondMinecart: DanTDM (28 March 2016). "10 Million Subscribers!!!!". Retrieved 8 June 2016 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ TheDiamondMinecart: DanTDM (30 July 2016). "Our Diamond Play Button!!!!". Retrieved 30 July 2016 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Daniel Robert MIDDLETON - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Top 100 YouTubers in United Kingdom Filtered by Subscribers". Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  7. ^ Jacobs, Harrison (10 March 2014). "The Richest YouTube Stars". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ Dredge, Stuart. "The Diamond Minecart becomes most popular YouTube channel". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  9. ^ "The World's Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2017". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Draw My Life - TheDiamondMinecart | 1,000,000 Subscriber Special". YouTube. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Dan Middleton's Minecraft videos a global hit". BBC News. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  12. ^ "PokemanDanLv45". YouTube. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  13. ^ DanTDM (12 December 2016). "I'M CHANGING MY NAME..." Retrieved 1 April 2017 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ a b Merrell, Andrew (5 October 2016). "Bet you've not heard of the biggest star at literature festival?". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  15. ^ Dredge, Stuart (15 October 2016). "Minecraft, books, panto... and pugs! YouTube star DanTDM opens up". Retrieved 1 November 2016 – via The Guardian.
  16. ^ "YouTube's Dan the Diamond Minecart inks book deal - The Bookseller". Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  17. ^ Staff (3 August 2016). "The On-Sale Calendar October 2016 Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  18. ^ Listings on The New York Times Best Seller list per week: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, when it fell to the second spot.
  19. ^ Merrell, Andrew (11 October 2016). "Hundreds rush Cheltenham Literature Festival tent to reach DanTDM". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Take 'Minecraft' to the Next (Reading) Level With DanTDM's New Graphic Novel - GeekDad". 25 November 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  21. ^ DanTDM [@dantdm] (25 October 2016). "MY BOOK IN THE U.S. & MINI U.S. BOOK TOUR!!!: via @YouTube" (Tweet). Retrieved 14 February 2017 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Live Nation takes YouTuber DanTDM on US tour - IQ Magazine: Live Music Business News". 15 February 2017. Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  23. ^ Grixti, Shannon (July 19, 2017) "YOUTUBER DANTDM IS TOURING AUSTRALIA AGAIN" Press Start AU.
  24. ^ "Minecraft, books, panto... and pugs! YouTube star DanTDM opens up". 15 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
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  27. ^ DanTDM (7 April 2017), Save The Show - DanTDM Creates a Big Scene (Ep 1), retrieved 15 June 2017
  28. ^ "YouTube Red Slates First Original Kids Shows". Animation Magazine. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  29. ^ "YouTube Is Secretly Run By Insane CGI Kids Videos". Decider | Where To Stream Movies & Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  30. ^ "DanTDM's 'Big Scene' Can Tide Diehard Fans Over - GeekDad". GeekDad. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  31. ^ "11 YouTubers Who Smashed It In 2017 – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  32. ^ DanTDM (5 May 2017). "Draw My Show - DanTDM Creates a Big Scene (Ep 6)" – via YouTube.
  33. ^ MoreTDM. "MoreTDM". YouTube. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  34. ^ Lobb, Adrian (22 May 2014). "Diamond Minecraft interview: "I have more YouTube subscribers than the BBC"". The Big Issue. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  35. ^ TDM, Dan. "We are beyond excited to finally announce that we are expecting a BABY BOY in January 2020! I can't wait to meet you little man 💙@xjemmamxo is an absolute hero 💙".
  36. ^ Doultrey, Stephen (9 September 2015). "Minecraft and Rocket League records smashed at Legends of Gaming event in London". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  37. ^ "YouTube stars including Dan TDM smash Rocket League record at Insomnia gaming festival". 14 December 2015. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  38. ^ "Youtuber Dan TDM enters Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition for Minecraft channel". 27 October 2016. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  39. ^ "2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards". 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  40. ^ "2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards – UK Favourite Tipster". 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2016.

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