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Middleton in 2014
Personal information
Born Daniel Robert Middleton
(1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 (age 27)
Residence Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Video game commentator
Jemma Middleton (m. 2013)
YouTube information
  • TheDiamondMinecart
  • MoreTDM
Years active 2012–present
Genre Minecraft, gaming, vlogging
Subscribers 20.9 million
Total views 14.1 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]
Subscriber and view counts updated as of January 3rd, 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 January 2019, Middleton has over 14 billion views and 20 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] In an interview with The Big Issue, Middleton describes his process in making videos: he gets up around 9am and starts working on the video an hour later. He checks for Minecraft updates, edits the videos in the afternoon, and uploads the finished product at 8:30pm, after which, he checks for comments. He said "There isn’t another game where free content comes out every day made by fans, and some of it is mind blowing." On weekends, he prepares videos in advance. In addition to Let's Play videos, he makes mini films that involve original characters.[14]

Middleton has been a regular guest at the Insomnia gaming festivals.[15][16] He was also featured twice on CBBC's Technobabble, where he commented on several videogames,[17][18] and once on ITV's Lorraine, where he talked about being a YouTuber.[19]

He released a graphic novel called Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal on 6 October 2016.[20] 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.[21][22][23] The novel reached the number one spot on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover graphic books in Japan for eleven weeks.[24] 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.[20][25][26][27] In 2017, he has gone on another tour to the United States to 21 venues.[28] In that same year, he went on another tour in Australia.[29]

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.[30]

He was in an episode of the Netflix animated web series Skylanders Academy where he voiced a character named Cy.[31][32]

In 2017, he created a web series called DanTDM Creates a Big Scene[33] starring himself and featuring other social media entertainers and actors.[34][35] The series premiered on April 7, 2017 exclusively for YouTube Red, YouTube's subscription service,[36] The show "follows DanTDM and his group of animated friends as they battle to keep their live show on the road".[37] and ran for 6 episodes.[38]

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.[39]

Middleton married his girlfriend Jemma on 17 March 2013;[40] she also enjoys Minecraft: "we spend a lot of time gaming together, and I bounce ideas off her as well".[14]


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet eBoy Voice role;

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Year Title Role Notes
2016 Skylanders Academy Cy Voice role;

1 episode




  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 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.
  15. ^ Eccleston, Ben (18 April 2014). "Look: Ricoh Arena hosting huge Insomnia computer games festival". Archived from the original on 14 December 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Insomnia57 at the NEC Birmingham REVIEW". 27 March 2016. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  17. ^ Minecraft tips and tricks - CBBC Technobabble. 11 January 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ Dan Middleton's Top Gaming Hints and Tips on CBBC Technobabble. 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "The Diamond Minecart's Photos - The Diamond Minecart". Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Dredge, Stuart (15 October 2016). "Minecraft, books, panto... and pugs! YouTube star DanTDM opens up". Retrieved 1 November 2016 – via The Guardian.
  22. ^ "YouTube's Dan the Diamond Minecart inks book deal - The Bookseller". Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  23. ^ Staff (3 August 2016). "The On-Sale Calendar October 2016 Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Take 'Minecraft' to the Next (Reading) Level With DanTDM's New Graphic Novel - GeekDad". 25 November 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ "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.
  29. ^ Grixti, Shannon (July 19, 2017) "YOUTUBER DANTDM IS TOURING AUSTRALIA AGAIN" Press Start AU.
  30. ^ "Minecraft, books, panto... and pugs! YouTube star DanTDM opens up". 15 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  31. ^ Kamen, Matt. "Watch the trailer for Netflix's exclusive Skylanders Academy animated series".
  32. ^ "DanTDM💎 on Twitter".
  33. ^ DanTDM (2017-04-07), Save The Show - DanTDM Creates a Big Scene (Ep 1), retrieved 2017-06-15
  34. ^ "YouTube Red Slates First Original Kids Shows". Animation Magazine. 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  35. ^ "YouTube Is Secretly Run By Insane CGI Kids Videos". Decider | Where To Stream Movies & Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go. 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  36. ^ "DanTDM's 'Big Scene' Can Tide Diehard Fans Over - GeekDad". GeekDad. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  37. ^ "11 YouTubers Who Smashed It In 2017 – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  38. ^ DanTDM (5 May 2017). "Draw My Show - DanTDM Creates a Big Scene (Ep 6)" – via YouTube.
  39. ^ MoreTDM. "MoreTDM". YouTube. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  40. ^ DanTDM [@DiamondMinecart] (17 March 2016). "Today is mine & Jem's 3 year Wedding Anniversary!! 💕💎😁" (Tweet). Retrieved 19 March 2016 – via Twitter.
  41. ^ 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.
  42. ^ "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.
  43. ^ "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.
  44. ^ "2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards". 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  45. ^ "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.

External links

  • DanTDM's channel on YouTube
  • Official website
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