Daniel James Howell Biography

Daniel James Howell, also known as Dan Howell, is a well-known British vlogger and radio personality. He gained fame through his YouTube channel ‘danisnotonfire,’ which has amassed over 6 million subscribers. His loyal fanbase, lovingly called Danosaurs, are known for their quirky nickname, Llamaarmy, inspired by Dan’s fondness for llamas. Dan’s iconic Llama hat has even garnered more attention than famous singer Beyonce Knowles. Apart from being a comedian and radio host, Dan is also a self-proclaimed foodaholic. He affectionately refers to his hair as hobbit hair and is a passionate supporter of Manchester United. One of his most popular videos, the ‘Photobooth Challenge,’ has become a sensation. Currently, Dan operates three YouTube channels, ‘Danisnotonfire,’ ‘danisnotinteresting,’ and ‘DanandPhilGAMES,’ alongside his friend Phil.

Quick Facts

  • British Celebrities Born In June
  • Also Known As: Dan Howell, danisnotonfire
  • Age: 32 Years, 32 Year Old Males
  • Family: siblings: Adrian Howell
  • Height: 6’3″ (190 cm), 6’3″ Males
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  • Education: College drop out
  • Awards: Sony Golden Headphones Award (2013), Lovie Internet Video Person of the Year Award (2014)

The Meteoric Rise To Stardom

Life was not easy for Dan; he began working at the age of 16 at retail chain Focus DIY and later at supermarket Asda. He began his tryst with YouTube by uploading his first video called ‘Hello Internet’ in October 2009. Dan received a lot of good reviews for his work from Phil Lester and other friends which motivated him to continue uploading videos regularly.

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Dan, who is fondly called the Internet Cult Leader, became famous after he won the YouTube competition, SuperNote in 2012. In January 2013 Dan along with his friend Phil Lester presented the entertainment show ‘Dan and Phil’ on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday night. Upbeat about the success of their endeavors Dan and Phil also tried their hands at gaming and produced the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanandPhilGAMES in September 2014. The new channel was a huge hit and garnered 1 million subscribers by March 2015, making it one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube. The Internet Cult Leader also lent his voice for Disney’s animated film, ‘Big Hero 6’.

What Makes Dan Howell So Special

Dan and Phil’s efforts bore fruit when in 2013 they won the Sony Golden Headphones Award for the UK’s favorite Radio Presenters through a voting done by fans. Dan also clinched the Lovie Internet Video Person of the Year Award in 2014 and was also nominated for the Teen Choice Award – Web Collaboration in 2014.

Leveraging their celebrity status, Daniel and Phil make it a point to reach out to those in need. In 2010 and 2011, they took part in ‘Stickaid’, which was a live annual 24-hour internet broadcast to raise funds for charity in association with UNICEF.

Beyond Fame

Dan is an outspoken person, in 2015 during a live conversation on YouNow the radio star admitted that he was a feminist and criticized the ignorance and misunderstandings that plagued feminism. In Dan’s opinion the ignorance about feminism was “honestly terrifying and dangerous” and the general perception of feminism in society made him “panic for the future of humanity”.

Family & Personal Life

Dan Howell was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, and has a younger brother named Adrian Howell. Dan completed his school education from The Forest School, an all-boys secondary school in Berkshire. He enrolled himself at the University of Manchester to study law in 2010 but dropped out after a year to completely dedicate his time to his passion for video blogs. Dan had a humble upbringing; his father worked in a departmental store while his mother managed a beauty parlor and also worked as a hair designer within the ramp shows.

He came out as gay in June 2019 in a video uploaded on his channel. He is said to be in a relationship with his best friend Phil Lester and the duo is supposedly raising a boy named Dil Howlter.

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