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Joe Sugg
Joe Sugg by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joe Sugg in 2014
Personal information
Born Joseph Graham Sugg
(1991-09-08) 8 September 1991 (age 27)[1]
Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom[2]
Nationality British
Residence London, United Kingdom
Relatives Zoe Sugg (sister)
YouTube information
Years active 2011–present
Subscribers 8.2+ million (main)
3.6+ million (vlogs)
1.8+ million (games)
Total views 1.2+ billion (main)
610+ million (vlogs)
238+ million (games)
Associated acts Zoella, PointlessBlog, Caspar Lee
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 3 August 2018.

Joseph Graham Sugg (born 8 September 1991) is a British YouTuber, film-maker, author, and vlogger. He is known for his YouTube channels ThatcherJoe, ThatcherJoeVlogs and ThatcherJoeGames.[3][4][5]



Sugg created his "ThatcherJoe" channel in November 2011 and was able to reach the 1 million subscriber mark two years later. As of 26 October 2017, he has over 8 million subscribers and over 1 billion video views. His videos consist of challenges, pranks, and impressions. He created a "YouTuber Innuendo Bingo", similar to the BBC Radio 1 segment, and was later invited to appear on the Radio 1 segment himself.[6][7]


Sugg was a member of the YouTube Boyband that raised money for Comic Relief and was featured in The Guardian.[8][9][10] He also featured on the 2014 single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" as part of the Band Aid 30 charity supergroup, raising money for the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.[11][12][13]

Film and television

Sugg made an uncredited[14] cameo voiceover as a seagull along with flatmate Caspar Lee, comic Alan Carr and singer Stacey Solomon in the 2015 UK version of the film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.[15] Also in 2015, Sugg appeared alongside Caspar Lee in the direct-to-DVD film Joe and Caspar Hit the Road,[16] which was shown on British television channel E4 in April 2016.[17] A second DVD, Joe & Caspar Hit the Road USA, was released in 2016.[18]

Alongside fellow YouTubers Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler, Sugg starred in an episode of the British television show Release the Hounds. The episode aired on 2 March 2017.[19] On 14 August 2018, it was announced that Sugg will compete on the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[20] His professional dance partner is Dianne Buswell.

Graphic novels

Sugg is the author of the graphic novel Username: Evie, published in 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton. The writing is by Matt Whyman, with artist Amrit Birdi, colourist Joaquin Pereyra, and letterer Mindy Lopkin. The story tells of bullied teenage schoolgirl Evie, who dreams of a place she can be herself. Her terminally ill father creates a virtual reality for her but dies before it is completed. After he leaves her an app that allows entry, Evie is transported into a world where everything is influenced by her personality.[21]

A second graphic novel, Username: Regenerated, was published in 2016 as a sequel to Username: Evie.[22]

In 2017, Sugg announced a third and final graphic novel in the "Username" series titled Username: Uprising. It was released on 21 September 2017.[23]

Personal life

Sugg is the younger brother of Zoe Sugg, who is also a blogger and internet personality and known on YouTube as Zoella.[24]

The name of Sugg's YouTube channel is derived from his training as a roof thatcher.[25]

Until early 2016, Sugg lived in an apartment in London with fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee. Currently, he lives in an apartment with his close friend Byron Langley,[26] located near to Lee's new apartment.[25][27]

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated Award Result
2015 Radio 1 Teen Choice Awards Best British Vlogger Won


  1. ^ Sugg, Joe (12 May 2013). "Draw My Life | Thatcher Joe". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Sugg, Joe (19 December 2015). "EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!". YouTube. Google. 
  3. ^ Sugg, Joe. "ThatcherJoe". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Sugg, Joe. "ThatcherJoeVlogs". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Sugg, Joe. "ThatcherJoeGames". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Scott Mills, Innuendo Bingo With Joe Sugg Off've YouTube". BBC. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  7. ^ James, Richard (29 August 2014). "Meet The Young YouTubers Changing The Way British Media Stars Are Born". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  8. ^ Dobbins, Amanda (21 April 2014). "Meet the YouTube Boy Band". Vulture. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Dredge, Stuart (21 March 2014). "YouTube Boy Band's cover version of It's All About You becomes viral hit | Music". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Wood, Lucy (10 March 2014). "Marcus Butler, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg, Jim Chapman and Caspar Lee are The YouTube Boyband for Sport Relief – VIDEO OF JOY". Sugarscape. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Petridis, Alexis (16 November 2014). "Do They Know It's Christmas review – in tune with non-musical times". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Butterly, Amelia (16 November 2014). "Zoella talks 'surreal' experience of singing with Band Aid 30". BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Pocklington, Rebecca (17 November 2014). "Who's who in Band Aid 30? One Direction, Bono, vloggers and more". The Mirror. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Joe Sugg". IMDb. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Skulskyj, Lee (20 February 2015). "Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg land mega roles in The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water". Metro. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Joe and Caspar Hit the Road on IMDb
  17. ^ "BBC Worldwide sells Joe & Caspar Hit the Road to UK Channel E4". Media Centre. BBC Worldwide. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  18. ^ Joe & Caspar Hit the Road USA on IMDb
  19. ^ Weiss, Geoff (2 February 2017). "The Trailer For Marcus Butler, Alfie Deyes, And Joe Sugg's Reality TV Debut Has Arrived". Tubefilter. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  20. ^ Baker, John (14 August 2018). "Joe Sugg signs up for BBC's Strictly Come Dancing". The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  21. ^ Sugg, Joe (10 September 2015). Username: Evie. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 9781473619128. 
  22. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (20 June 2016). "Joe Sugg's second graphic novel to Hodder". The Bookseller. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  23. ^ Hodson, Charleyy (2 March 2017). "Joe Sugg Just Announced The FINAL Book In His Username Series". We The Unicorns. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  24. ^ Woods, Judith (3 April 2014). "Zoella: The squeaky clean big sister no teen should be without". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  25. ^ a b De Grunwald, Tanya (15 June 2014). "Meet the YouTube big hitters: The bright young vloggers who have more fans than 1D". Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  26. ^ Sugg, Joe (24 August 2017). "MEET MY NEW ROOMMATE!". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  27. ^ Lee, Caspar. "ROOMMATE PRANKS WAR WENT TOO FAR :(". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 24 January 2017.