Phil Lester

Bury, Greater Manchester


Philip Michael "Phil" Lester (born 30 January 1987) is a British YouTuber, vlogger and radio personality from Rawtenstall, Lancashire. He is best known for his YouTube channel AmazingPhil. Together with frequent collaborator and best friend Dan Howell, Lester presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and since September 2014 has been a monthly host on the station's Internet Takeover slot. Lester was raised in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. He completed a degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of York and a post graduate in the Department of Theatre, Film and television, going on to obtain a Master of Arts in Video Postproduction with Specialisation in Visual Effects. Lester has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Dan Howell since August 2011, and the pair moved to London together in July 2012. They frequently appear in each other's videos.  On 26 March 2015, Howell and Lester announced they had co-written a book through a trailer on his  channel called The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire (TABINOF). It was released in the UK on 8 October 2015 and worldwide on 15 October 2015. The book topped the General Hardbacks Sunday Times Bestsellers list having sold 26,745 copies in the UK in the first week of its release. It also became a #1 New York Times Bestseller in the young adult hardcover list. In the same trailer the pair announced their theatrical stage show The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire (TATINOF) which travelled around the UK during October and November 2015, ending at the London Palladium. On 22 April 2016 they are took the tour to the US which began at Playlist Live in Orlando, Florida and ended on 24 June 2016 at the Dolby in Hollywood, CA. It was the largest tour ever by YouTube creators. They're also touring in Australia in August 2016 starting in Perth and ending in Brisbane. On 24 June 2016 they announced The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire is to be released as a YouTube Originals film along with a making of documentary. Both films will be released on October 5th, 2016. They are the first British YouTube creators to release content on the YouTube Red platform. Alongside this in November 2016 they are releasing a photobook named Dan and Phil Go Outside which includes a personal collection of candid photos and insightful stories from their tour.