8 November 1991
|Residence||Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK|
|Occupation||Video game commentator|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of 2 December 2016.|
Daniel Middleton (born 8 November 1991) is a British YouTube personality and professional gamer who goes by the handle The Diamond Minecart or DanTDM. His online video channel mainly focuses on the popular game Minecraft. As of December 2016, he has over 13.1 million subscribers, and is listed among the top YouTube channels in the United Kingdom. In 2014, Business Insider estimated Middleton's annual income to be somewhere between $213,000 and $2.15 million. In July 2015, his channel was listed as one of the most popular YouTubers in the world by viewership. He has earned several Kids' Choice Awards as well as set Guinness World Records for his gaming and presenting.
Middleton was born on 8 November 1991 in Aldershot, England, the elder of two siblings. His parents divorced when he was a child. He attended Northampton University and started a YouTube channel dedicated to Pokémon while at university, in which he called himself "PokemanDanLv45".
In 2012, Middleton created The Diamond Minecart, a gaming channel whose audience includes mostly children ages 5-10. His YouTube channel name eventually changed to TheDiamondMinecart // DanTDM. He produces videos out of his home studio in Wellingborough. 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-styled videos, he makes mini films that involve original characters.
Middleton has been a regular guest at the Insomnia gaming festival, where he appeared on the big stages in editions 49, 52 and 53. He was also featured twice on CBBC's Technobabble - where he commented on several videogames, and once on ITV's Lorraine - where Middleton talked about being a YouTuber.
He released a graphic novel called DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal on 6 October 2016. 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. He was a featured guest at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and has planned a book tour.
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. The channel was called MoreTDM in 2014, in which he posts videos about his daily "non-Minecraft" life.
- Guinness World Record for "Most goals scored in a game of Rocket League for a team of 2". and "Most goals scored in a game of Rocket League (team of three)."
- Guinness World Record for "Most views for a dedicated Minecraft video channel".
- Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the category UK Favourite Tipster: 2015 and 2016
- TDM Vlogs – 100,000 Subscribers, IRL & Events!. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
- The Diamond Minecart // DanTDM (17 September 2014). YouTube's Golden Award! – TheDiamondMinecart. Retrieved 11 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- TheDiamondMinecart: DanTDM (28 March 2016). "10 Million Subscribers!!!!". Retrieved 8 June 2016 – via YouTube.
- TheDiamondMinecart: DanTDM (30 July 2016). "Our Diamond Play Button!!!!". Retrieved 30 July 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Top 100 YouTubers in United Kingdom Filtered by Subscribers". socialblade.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- Harrison Jacobs (10 March 2014). "The Richest YouTube Stars". Business Insider. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- Stuart Dredge. "The Diamond Minecart becomes most popular YouTube channel". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- "Draw My Life - TheDiamondMinecart | 1,000,000 Subscriber Special". YouTube. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- "Dan Middleton's Minecraft videos a global hit". BBC News. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Lobb, Adrian (22 May 2014). "Diamond Minecraft interview: "I have more YouTube subscribers than the BBC"". The Big Issue. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Minecraft tips and tricks - CBBC Technobabble. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- Dan Middleton's Top Gaming Hints and Tips on CBBC Technobabble. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- "The Diamond Minecart's Photos - The Diamond Minecart". facebook.com. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- Merrell, Andrew (5 October 2016). "Bet you've not heard of the biggest star at literature festival?". Gloucestershire Live. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- Dredge, Stuart (15 October 2016). "Minecraft, books, panto... and pugs! YouTube star DanTDM opens up". Retrieved 1 November 2016 – via The Guardian.
- "YouTube's Dan the Diamond Minecart inks book deal - The Bookseller". thebookseller.com. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Staff (3 August 2016). "The On-Sale Calendar October 2016 Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Merrell, Andrew (11 October 2016). "Hundreds rush Cheltenham Literature Festival tent to reach DanTDM". Gloucestershire Live. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- MoreTDM. "MoreTDM". YouTube. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- DanTDM [DiamondMinecart] (17 March 2016). "Today is mine & Jem's 3 year Wedding Anniversary!! 💕💎😁" (Tweet). Retrieved 19 March 2016 – via Twitter.
- Doultrey, Stephen (9 September 2015). "Minecraft and Rocket League records smashed at Legends of Gaming event in London". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "YouTube stars including Dan TDM smash Rocket League record at Insomnia gaming festival". guinnessworldrecords.com. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- "Youtuber Dan TDM enters Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition for Minecraft channel". guinnessworldrecords.com. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
- "2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards". 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- "2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards – UK Favourite Tipster". 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Retrieved 19 March 2016.