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Hello Internet!

―Dan Howell

Daniel James Howell (born: June 11, 1991 (1991-06-11) [age 27]), also known as danisnotonfire, is an English YouTube celebrity, vlogger, comedian, former radio host, and Internet personality.


Dan was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, England. He currently lives in London, England with Philip Michael Lester (aka AmazingPhil). He is 6'3" tall (6 ft 3 in/192 cm). Dan uploaded his first YouTube video on 16 October 2009, titled "HELLO INTERNET," having previously watched YouTubers for three years. He started making videos when a few friends, including Phil Lester, convinced him to upload videos to his own channel. Dan attended Manchester University in 2010, studying Law, but dropped out after a year, as he realized law was not a path he was able to take, and it made him upset and angry. He eventually dropped into a stage of existential crisis (of which he is still dropping in and out of), and took a gap year off - never to return, as he decided to pursue a career as a YouTuber instead.
Dan Nails

Daniel with curly hair and painted nails posing on a meet and greet in 2016.

As of January 2013, Dan and Phil had their own radio request show on BBC Radio 1. However, in September 2014, they changed up the show so it is now called the “Internet Takeover." It is still at the same time on Mondays at 9:00pm, but now, a YouTuber or internet star comes in every week to host the show. Dan and Phil still do the show the first Monday of every month. Dan and Phil eventually ran out of YouTubers, and now tend to do the show every week themselves, with the rare occasion of a YouTuber, which most of the time has already appeared on the show. The Radio Show ended on April 25th 2016.

As of the 1st of May 2017, Dan has changed all Social Media over to the handle Daniel Howell and has announced that this will now be his permanent handle for the foreseeable future, however, nothing else will change and Dan will keep to his previous way of things.

He is a part of the "Fantastic Foursome", with Phil Lester (Amazing Phil), Chris Kendell (Crabstickz) and PJ Liguori (KickthePJ).

On October 11, 2017, he shockingly revealed in a vlog that he has suffered through clinical depression and has been seeing a therapist for nearly 3 years. 

It has also been announced that Dan and Phil will be going on tour, called 'Interactive Introverts' in 2018. The tour kicks off on 28th April in Brighton.

External Youtube Channels 

Dan has a second youtube channel named "danisnotinteresting " which he uploads videos he deems irrelevant to his main channel. 

He has recently began posting his live shows, that he streams on YouNow, on this channel.

Along with Phil, he is also one of the presenters of the Super Amazing Project, a YouTube video series from My Damn Channel, encompassing scary/freaky happenings sent in by viewers, challenges between the two presenters, and strange news from the previous week. The show spanned for three series, however Dan confirmed in a YouNow broadcast that except for seasonal specials, there will be no series 4. Its legacy was carried to their radio show. The Super Amazing Project now has 2 brand new hosts.

Dan and Phil have also created a joint channel called DanAndPhilGAMES where they play video games and record it. They made this channel in September 2014 after turning their radio show into the "Internet Takeover," leaving them more free time.

On March 27, 2015, Dan announced, with his friend Phil, that they wrote a book together called The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire. It was released October 8, 2015, and it apparently includes what really happened in Vegas. Along with the book, Dan and Phil will also be touring around the world to promote their book and meet fans. The tour, called The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire, kicked off on October 8, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. 
Fantastic Foursome

The Fantastic Foursome: (from left to right) Phil Lester, Dan Howell, PJ Ligouri and Chris Kendall at Vidcon 2013.

Dan and Phil created a channel called "DanAndPhilCRAFTS" on April 1, 2015, announcing the same day that it was just an April Fools joke. However, many fans believe that they will somehow find a way to use it by posting videos that aren't fit for either of their channels or their gaming channel. At Summer in the City 2015, Dan and Phil were presented with a Silver Play Button for surpassing 100,000 subscribers on this channel. Since April 2015 DanAndPhilCRAFTS has had two more videos uploaded to it with the most recent in 2017 being the final video as Phil is 'Sacrificed' by Dan to 'Satan'

In The Media

On 15th April 2013, Dan and Phil interviewed Fall Out Boy in New York City on their comeback tour. They also appeared briefly in the audience on Fuse TV for Fall Out Boy's appearance. They have also interviewed One Direction at the 2012 Radio 1 Teen Awards.

Dan and Phil also appeared in the movie Big Hero 6, as Technician 1 and Technician 2 respectively. (UK Cinema version only).

Radio Career

It was announced in November 2012, that both Dan and Phil will host BBC Radio 1's request show, on Sundays 7pm.-9pm, starting on January 13, 2013. The show is fully interactive, allowing listeners to call in to request a song and doing challenges to get it played ("fan wars"). On the website, music videos are shown which fans have made and emailed to Dan and Phil. The entire show is streamed in video, live on the BBC Radio 1 website.

In August 2013, Dan and Phil received a Sony Golden Headphones Award for the UK's favorite Radio Presenters, voted for by the fans. Sundays, 7.00pm- 9.00pm (UK Time), Radio 1 Request Show (a.k.a The Dan and Phil Show) with Phil Lester:

The radio show timing has been changed to Mondays from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm (UK Time) as of September 1st, 2014, and is now known as the "Internet Takeover".

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 favorite radio presenters and winners of the Sony Golden Headphones Award, presented by the Sony Radio Academy Awards, for Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1. In the same year, Howell placed first runner-up in Sugarscape's Hottest Lads of 2013, a competition he had won a year before. He came in second to best friend Phil Lester.

In 2014, Dan, along with Phil was nominated for the 'Best internet Collaboration' award for the Teen Choice Awards. Dan was also nominated for and won the Lovie Internet Person of the Year, for the Lovie Awards.

List of Subscriber Milestones For Main Channel

  • Dan Hit 1 Million Subscribers On February 4, 2013.
  • Dan Hit 2 Million Subscribers On July 30, 2013.
  • Dan Hit 3 Million Subscribers On January 1, 2014.
  • Dan Hit 4 Million Subscribers On September 11, 2014.
  • Dan Hit 5 Million Subscribers On August 20, 2015.
  • Dan Hit 6 Million Subscribers On August 10, 2016.


  • He voiced Male Technician #1 in the Disney movie 'Big Hero 6' (UK cinema version).
    • His housemate and best friend Phil voiced Male Technician #2.
  • He naturally has curly hair but used to straighten it because he disliked it and used to call it "hobbit hair". He stopped straightning it in late 2017.
    • All of this refers to Anthony Padilla as well (besides the fact he doesn't call his natural hair "hobbit hair" and he started embracing it between 1-2 years before Dan did), but Dan's hair is less curly and shorter.
    • Many people think Dan and Anthony look alike. They also have the same first name. They made the video Stop saying we look alike! (ft. Daniel Howell) on July 7, 2017 as a joke.
  • He and his best friend Phil were massive fans of Muse, and their favorite album by the band is 'Origin of Symmetry'.
  • He used to include a "sexy endscreen dance" at the end of his older videos. But stopped because it made him feel uncomfortable. The last time he did it was at Vidcon 2014.
  • His favorite colors include black, white & gold.
  • He can play the piano and the drums.
  • Dan's best friend and housemate Phil is the creator of the popular mobile app The 7 Second Challenge along with Dan.
  • Him and Phil also released the party card game Truth Bombs together on October 19, 2017.
  • He wrote best-selling books The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire and Dan and Phil Go Outside alongside Phil Lester.
  • He's left-handed.
  • As of the 1st of May 2017. Dan has changed all of his Social Media to Daniel Howell and seems to be abandoning the 'danisnotonfire' handle permanently. 
  • Dan and Phil moved out of their London apartment in early 2018 into a a new apartment in the same city.
    • This is the 3rd apartment they moved into together.
  • Dan is 91.8% Northwestern European (38.6% British & Irish, 17.1% French & German, and 2.6% Scandinavian), 4.2% Southern European (0.3% Iberian, 0.3% Balkan), and 1.8% West African (Based on his 23andMe DNA Test).
  • Him and Phil have gone on two world tours: The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire in 2016 and Interactive Introverts in 2018.
  • Dan released new merch in early 2018.

External links


  • Promotional Image for Dan & Phil's BBC Radio 1 Show
  • Dans Twitter Icon (January 3, 2015- January 30, 2015)
  • Dan's Twitter Icon (January 30, 2015- February 14, 2015)
  • Dan's Twitter Icon (February 14, 2015 – February 20, 2015)
  • Dan & PJ with Spider-Man