11 YouTube stars from Norfolk with billions of views online

Just some of the YouTubers from Norfolk.

Just some of the YouTubers from Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk is home to some of the biggest YouTube stars in the world with Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman being household names. Here we take a look at 11 YouTubers from the county who between them have notched up billions of views online.

Pixiwoo gives Jamie Oliver a 80s Madonna makeover.

Pixiwoo gives Jamie Oliver a 80s Madonna makeover. - Credit: Archant

•Kai Man Wong

Presenter and producer of DigitalRev TV, the world's most subscribed photography YouTube channel, the former Norwich City College student has amassed over 300 million views on YouTube and has 1.5 million subscribers.

Kai is now based in Hong Kong and in his videos he reviews new photography products and gives tips and advice on how to take the perfect photograph.



Over the last eight years, Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste, better known as the Pixiwoos, have become amongst the most respected make-up artists on the Internet.

The sisters have worked with an impressive list of celebrity clients, started their own courses, released a make up brush line and collected millions of loyal fans along the way. Their videos have been viewed over 260 million times and they regularly feature interviews with some of the biggest names in the world including Kim Kardashian and Dame Joan Collins.


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•Jim Chapman

Jim's YouTube journey started after an unusual transformation into Twilight heart-throb Edward Cullen. After appearing in a video on wife Tanya Burr's channel, where he temporarily became the famous vampire, Jim, 28, decided to start his own channel.

On his channel he posts videos on life, love and fashion for men, has over 2.5 million followers and has notched up nearly 156 million views. The Old Buckenham-born entertainer makes a living out of talking to his followers, who he affectionately nicknames best friends, but has recently made documentaries for the BBC and hosted red carpet premieres in London.


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•Tanya Burr

With her own make up line, best selling books and regular appearances on the red carpet this former Jarrolds beauty counter worker has been propelled into the mainstream.

The 26-year-old's celebrity make up tutorials and lifestyle vlogs have been watched over 300 million times and her popularity has seen her tour the world to meet fans and attend book signings.


•The Lean Machines

Personal trainer, John Chapman, twin brother to Jim, and whose sisters are Samantha and Nicola, started his fitness channel at the end of 2012 with fellow trainer and best friend Leon Bustin.

The duo, who call themselves The Lean Machines, post exercise, diet and lifestyle videos which are watched by nearly 300,000 followers and have been viewed 15 million times. Earlier this year the pair published their first book called 'The Lean Machines: Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome'.


•Helen Anderson

Beauty and lifestyle blogger Helen Anderson runs two YouTube channels with combined views of more then 50 million.

The Norwich local is a film and moving image graduate and also plays in a band called Box of Light.


•Jaack Maate

Jack Dean aka Jaack Maate is a Norwich-born comedian who's full time job is making people laugh via YouTube videos.

His comedy sketches and pranks have been watched over 12 million times and his interviews with famous faces have not shied away from some taboo subjects. In one chat with Caroline Flack he quizzed her over her infamous relationship with One Direction's Harry Styles.



Lucy and Lydia Connell, 21, are identical twins and together they have amassed nearly 250,000 subscribers on YouTube. The former Acle High School pupils started by making singing covers of their favourite songs but they have now branched out into making beauty and fashion videos too.

One of their most recent videos recreated the looks from Little Mix's latest music video for their new single 'Hair'. The pair are now based in London and their videos have been watched over nine million times.


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