ⓘ Daniel Howell. Daniel James Dan Howell is an English vlogger. He is best known for his YouTube channel Daniel Howell, previously known as danisnotonfire. His Yo ..

Daniel Howell

ⓘ Daniel Howell

Daniel James "Dan" Howell is an English vlogger. He is best known for his YouTube channel Daniel Howell, previously known as danisnotonfire. His YouTube channel reached 6 million subscribers on 10 August, 2016. That is not his only channel. He has a side channel called danisnotinteresting. He co-stars with Phil Lester in DanAndPhilGAMES and DanAndPhilCRAFTS Dan presented Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 with fellow Youtuber Phil Lester. Dan has also been on a world tour with Phil Lester and written two books, as well as created a merchandise store.


1. Personal life

Howell was born and grew up in Wokingham, Berkshire where he chose to study Law. Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked in the shops Focus DIY where he sold an axe and memes to a 12 year old and Asda where he got fired. He went to school at The Forest School. Once he finished school, Howell went to the University of Manchester. He left university early to spend more time making videos for YouTube. He currently lives in London with his roommate and best friend, Phil Lester. He has a younger brother named Adrian who is 18.

He is openly gay. He has clinical depression.


2.1. Career YouTube

Howell started making YouTube videos because he had been watching other youtubers for a long time. He was also encouraged by some friends to upload videos. Phil Lester was one of his friends who encouraged him.

In 2010 and 2011, Howell took part in "Stickaid". This is a live broadcast which happens every year. It is 24 hours long and encourages viewers to donate to the charity UNICEF.

In 2012, Howell won "SuperNote". This is a competition on YouTube run by Rhett and Link. Howell was also in the video series Becoming YouTube created by Benjamin Cook. Becoming YouTube is about becoming an internet celebrity. Howell also writes a blog for The Huffington Post. In this, he writes about making his YouTube videos.

Howell and Lester made a YouTube series together called The Super Amazing Project. The series is made for My Damn Channel. In this series, they explore paranormal events. In May 2014, The Super Amazing Project had over 530.000 subscribers. In December 2012, the YouTube show finished its third series of 12 episodes. Episodes of The Super Amazing Project are not made every week anymore. Seasonal specials are still made. The Internet News part of their radio show uses some ideas from these videos. Unfortunately, Dan and Phil do not upload any more videos due to their busy schedules.

In January 2015, his YouTube channel had more than 4.3 million subscribers. His videos have been watched more than 290 million times. In August, Howell hit 5 million subscribers.


2.2. Career BBC Radio 1

In January 2013, Howell and Lester became the presenters of BBC Radio 1s Sunday evening entertainment show. They had worked with BBC Radio 1 before. Their work included producing videos for the stations YouTube channel and two Christmas broadcasts. Dan and Phil is an interactive two-hour show, which includes:

  • Song requests
  • Challenges performed on live by the presenters
  • Music videos made by listeners

3. Awards and nominations

In 2012, Howell was voted "Hottest Lad of the Year" by readers of the web magazine Sugarscape.

In 2013, Howell and Lester were voted the UK’s favourite radio presenters and won the Sony Golden Headphones Award, presented by the Sony Radio Academy Awards. The won this for their radio show, Dan and Phil.

In 2013, Howell came second in Sugarscapes Hottest Lads of 2013, a competition he had won a year before. He came second to his friend, Phil Lester.

In 2014, Howell came fifth Sugarscapes Hottest Lads of 2014.