William Shakespeare once said, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Little did we know he was referring to the British YouTube empire. Although a small country, Britain makes up for its size in the quality of its British YouTubers.
Up to bat next, we have DanTDM racking in 21.6 million subscribers… and counting! Dan TDM was born Daniel Robert Middleton in Aldershot, England. The 28-year-old YouTube star began his career at the University of Northampton, where he started his first channel dedicated to Pokémon fans. His Pokémon centered videos grew to a kids-oriented gaming channel, called TheDiamondMindcraft (hence the TDM in his handle). Middleton has grown an immense following and was recognized at the 2015 and 2016 Kid’s Choice Awards. On top of entertaining millions of young teens, he is the author of the novel, Tayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal, which grew to the New York Times Best Seller list. A man of many talents, DanTDM!
Olajide Olatunji, known as KSI to the YouTube world, is a YouTube personality icon. With over 20 million subscribers, KSI is known for his music. KSI was born in London but grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire. His YouTube career began in 2008, where he started posting FIFA gaming videos, which eventually grew to Grand Theft Auto and other PC-based games. As recent as February of 2018, Olatunji competed in his first white color amateur boxing match. (We love a good well-rounded influencer). The fight was recorded on YouTube and drew 1.6 million live viewers, with 21 million views in one day. In 2016, KSI was named Vlogger of the Year at the NME Award show and continues to draw in subscribers daily.
Harry Lewis cashes in over 14 million subscribers on his channel, W2S. Hmm, what does that number/letter combination mean? WROETOSHAW. Ah yes, can you use that in a sentence? Wroetoshaw is a combination of Lewis’s favorite FIFA players, Nicky Wroe and Tom Bradshaw. Born in Alderney, Harry set up many YouTube channels to experiment with the millions of ideas he had floating in his mind. At the age of 17, he dropped out of school to go full-time YouTube. His videos highlight his joyful nature, and his tendency to make his voice heard. 22-year-old Harry may be one of the youngins, but his fearless nature will find him on the top.
This one is from left field… Meet 5-year-old, Emily Cozmiuc. (Yes, you read that right!) EmilyTube is dedicated to following the life of 5-year-old. What more could you want? They call her “pint-sized princess”, because of her infatuation with all things Disney. Her videos began so her extended family in Romania would be able to keep up with her childhood as she grew up in the UK. Some of Emily’s top videos reach up to 42 million views and counting. You might be wondering, what did I do wrong in my life? Emily’s father had to give up his corporate job to maintain his daughter’s YouTube channel. Now that’s dedication.
Otherwise known as Joseph Graham Sugg, British Youtube Star Thatcher Joe collects 8.1 million subscribers. At 28-years-old, Joseph Sugg is a vlogger, author, and television personality that has reached his target audience, and then some. His YouTube channel launched in November 2011 and it only took him two years to gain 1 million subscribers. Thatcher Joe furthered his career in front of the camera in his cameo voiceover appearance as a seagull in the film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of the Water. YouTube presence must run in the family as Joe’s sister, Zoe, is also an influencer with multimillions of followers. Zoe Sugg’s YouTube channel, named More Zoella, accumulates 4.8 million followers. Zoella’s videos consist of “Day in the Life” videos, beauty tips, product reviews, and more. Mr. and Mrs. Sugg, you should be proud!
Introducing… a female gamer… Lizzie D! In an industry ruled by men, Lizzie D stands alone as one of the top female British gamer influencers. With 4.6 million subscribers, Lizzie can play with the big boys! Lizzie specializes in Minecraft gameplay videos and has formed a female gaming group. Formed in 2012, Lizzie recruited YouTube personalities: Vengelfe, Yammy, MittyMoxx, NyanStrike, and Elleanora to complete the group. The girls gotta stick together!
Alfred Sidney Deyes is a British Youtuber in charge of the accounts: Alfie Deyes, Alfie Deyes Vlogs and PointlessBlogGames. Deyes entertains his 3.9 million followers with content that you might question yourself why you’re watching… but you keep watching anyway. Alfie has collaborated with numerous big-name influencers such as Tanya Burr, Miranda Sings, Troye Sivan, Joe Sugg, and Zoe Sugg to create videos and discuss content. In 2013, Alfie Deyes was a member of the “Guinness World Records OMG!” channel and held multiple records. He holds the record for “Most bangles put on in 30 seconds by a team of two,” “Most party poppers popped in 30 seconds,” and “Filing the most pancakes in one minute with chocolate sauce.” Well rounded, I would say! In 2015, Alfie Deyes was listed as one of the top influential people of Britain.
Let’s hear it for the ladies! Tanya Burr follows closely behind Lizzie D, with 3.5 million subscribers. An actress, YouTuber, and Harry Potter enthusiast, Tanya’s videos consist of latest fashion trends, travel videos, makeup tutorials, Q&A’s, and personal stories that will have you glued to your screen. Born in Norwich, England, Tanya was an actress in Cassette, Hurt by Paradise and Bulletproof. Tanya’s beauty channel draws in multi-millions of followers, with collaborations from Zoe Sugg. Tanya has written beauty blogs for Grazia Magazine and has been featured in LOOK, Stylist, and Elle. Next time you are spending some extra love on your beauty routine, take a look at Tanya’s profile, and you might learn something!
Can we get one more round of applause for the ladies? Patricia Bright is holding it up for the beauty bloggers! Patricia entertains her 2.7 million subscribers with makeup tutorials, outfit reveals, beauty reviews, and personal vlogs that paint the picture of her life. Graduating from the University of Manchester, Bright began her career in the big girl world as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. She made the switch to full-time vlogger in 2013. Patricia also has a beautiful little girl named Grace, and who says mama’s cant have their fun too!
Better known as Tom Syndicate, this British YouTuber holds one of the top 100 most subscribed channels on YouTube. With 2.6 million subscribers, Tom Cassell might be a small fish in a big pond. But, Syndicate’s channel is up and coming. His channel launched in 2010, built off of Halo, Modern Warfare, and Call of Duty: Black Ops videos featuring special “zombies” modes and impressive play. Cassell partnered with fellow YouTuber, Adam Montoya, in launching a multi-channel network named “Jetpak.” The purpose was to create a more fair payment model for the revenue made in his media career. Cassel had a rough go with the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 as he was reported for violating regulations. They failed to disclose their financial ties to the video games they were promoting. In the year following, he violated the same regulation and announced a formal apology on Twitter. Although up and coming, Tom Cassell has had his fair share of adversity. You go, Tom!
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This article was written by Jessica Paolucci.