Middleton in 2014
Personal information
Born Daniel Robert Middleton
(1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 (age 28)
Aldershot, England
Nationality British
Residence Wellingborough, England
Jemma Middleton ( m.  2013)
YouTube information
Also known as TheDiamondMinecart
Years active 2012–present
Genre Gaming (focus on Minecraft and Fortnite)
Subscribers 23.0 million
Total views 16.6 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]
Updated 20 May 2020

Daniel Robert Middleton[5] (born 8 November 1991), better known online as DanTDM (formerly TheDiamondMinecart), is a British YouTube personality, professional gamer, author, actor, & voice actor. His online video channels have covered many video games, mainly the popular games Minecraft, Roblox, and Pokémon.

His channel has been listed among the top YouTube channels in the United Kingdom.[6] In July 2015, he was listed as one of the most popular YouTubers in the world by viewership.[7] He has won several Kids' Choice Awards and 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.[8] As of May 2020, Middleton has over 16 billion views, around 23 million subscribers and has posted more than 3,400 videos.

Early life

Daniel Middleton was born on 8 November 1991 in Aldershot, England as the elder son of two siblings.[9] His parents divorced when he was little.[9] He attended the University of Nottingham, and started a YouTube channel in 2009 dedicated to Counter-Strike Global Offensive while at university, in which he called himself "PokemanDanlvl45".[10]


In 2012, Middleton created The Diamond Minecart, a gaming channel.[11] He changed his channel's name into TheDiamondMinecart // DanTDM, and then, in 12 December 2016, to DanTDM.[12][a] He currently produces videos out of his home studio in Wellingborough.[11]

He released a graphic novel called Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal on 6 October 2016.[13][14][15] The novel remained at the number one spot on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover graphic books for eleven weeks.[16] 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.[13][17][18][19] In 2017, he embarked on a tour through the United States and Australia.[20][21]

His online video channel had focused primarily on the popular game Minecraft, as of January 2020, he has allocated part of his channel to playing random video games, community Discord challenges and reaction videos. Middleton also maintains a Minecraft Hardcore series which is a substantial part of his channel.[citation needed] He streams it live on Twitch and posts an edited version on his YouTube Channel.

In 2017, he starred in a web series called DanTDM Creates a Big Scene starring himself and featuring other social media entertainers and actors.[22][23] The series premiered on 7 April 2017 exclusively for YouTube Red, YouTube's subscription service,[24] The show "follows DanTDM and his group of animated friends as they battle to keep their live show on the road".[25] and ran for six episodes.[26][27]

Personal life

In June 2013, when his channel exceeded 100,000 subscribers, he posted a video revealing his face for the first time ever.[1] Middleton married his girlfriend Jemma on 17 March 2013.[28] The two have a son, Asher, born on 5 January 2020.[29]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet eBoy Voice role; UK version[30]
2019 DanTDM Presents The Contest[citation needed] Himself Main voice of the film.
Web roles
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Skylanders Academy Cy Voice role; recurring
2017 DanTDM Creates A Big Scene Himself YouTube Original series; 6 episodes
2019 DanTDM Presents The Contest[citation needed] Himself From the 2nd tour.

Awards and nominations


  • DanTDM (6 October 2016). Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-1409168393.
  • DanTDM (17 November 2016). Official DanTDM 2017 Diary and Activity Book: Lots of Things to Make and Do. Trapeze. ISBN 978-1409171188.