LONDON-based YouTuber WillNE has amassed millions of subscribers on his channel.
Who is WillNE?
He is best known for both his videos focusing around internet culture and his practical jokes.
WillNE was born and grew up in Whitley Bay, England.
Before he gained popularity in the world of YouTube, attended Loughborough University, where he studied automotive engineering.
In 2016, he quit his job as an attendant at a dinosaur-themed mini golf course and had his first wave of popularity when he produced a video on grime music channel BGMedia – and what he considered the poor quality of the child rappers hosted on their channel.
The video quickly went viral and over night the size of his channel increased drastically.
By September 2016, WillNE’s channel had amassed roughly 250,000 subscribers – which encouraged him to make the decision to leave university and pursue a career as a full-time YouTuber.
On December 22, 2017 his channel reached the milestone every YouTuber dreams of – hitting 1 million subscribers, making him among the 25 most-subscribed British YouTubers.
To date, WillNE has a staggering 4.69 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
In 2019, Lenney went on a tour with fellow YouTuber Stephen Tries, titled This Week On The Internet Live.
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Then, in April 2020, Lenney co-launched a collaboration channel with fellow YouTubers ImAllexx, James Marriott and Memeulous, called the “Eboys”.
The group disbanded just one year later, in April 2021.
What is WillNE’s real name?
Just like most YouTubers, WillNE is a nickname used online.
His real name is William Jonathan Lenney.
What content does WillNE post on YouTube?
Lenney’s content is noted for both his videos focusing around internet culture and his practical jokes – such as getting a variety of YouTubers to collaboratively sing the song “All Star” without their knowledge.
In November 2018 Lenney attempted to fool various UK-based tabloid media companies into believing that he would be a contestant on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.
The campaign was partially successful, with several organisations, including OK! Magazine and Metro, printing stories on the rumors before the full cast of the series was revealed.
In January 2020, Lenney made a video in which he pretended to be muscular in photos he posted on Instagram, while producing the video he received a brand deal offer from a fitness company.