Daniel Robert Middleton, known by his handle DanTDM formerly TheDiamondMinecart, is an English YouTuber, gamer, musician, author, and actor known for his video game commentaries. His online video channels have covered many video games including Minecraft, Roblox and Pokémon.
Middleton’s ascent to online fame began with his meticulous crafting of Minecraft worlds. But it wasn’t just gaming; he also ventured into voice acting, lending his talents to the 2019 animated series “Skylanders Academy,” where he voiced the character Cy. Beyond just pixels and polygons, DanTDM penned a graphic novel titled “Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal” in 2016, which quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. His channel has been listed among the top YouTube channels in the United Kingdom. In July 2015, he was listed as one of the most popular YouTubers in the world by viewership.
Middleton has an impressive track record of working alongside a variety of artists and celebrities. Notable figures include YouTube personalities like James Charles, Markiplier, and Rhett James McLaughlin and Link Neal of Rhett & Link. He’s also partnered with game designers like Markus Persson (the creator of Minecraft) and Scott Cawthon (the creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s). Other collaborations extend into different sectors, such as his work with authors like R.L. Stine and celebrities like Stephen Curry. Additionally, he’s shared screen time with mainstream entertainers like Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, as well as WWE stars Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston.
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. as of November 2021, his YouTube channel has reached over 25.7 million subscribers, 18 billion video views, and has posted over 3,500 videos.