• Daniel Lord is a YouTube personality best known for his channel discussing Japanese culture, relationships and gaming
• He has an estimated net worth of over $300,000
• He is of Malaysian and English descent and worked as an English teacher in Japan
• He posts several videos a week on his main channel, discussing his wife, sex addiction and other topics
• He is married to a Japanese woman, but they are currently separated, with her refusing to sign divorce papers

Known for movies

Short Info

MarkGraphic and realistic depictions of violence
FactOlder brother of TED2013 speaker Martin Villeneuve, director of Mars et Avril (2012).

Who is Hiding in My Room?

Daniel Lord was born on 20 March 1989, in Kent, England, and is a YouTube personality best known for his channel on which he discusses various aspects of life. He has shared his thoughts on numerous topics such as Japanese culture, relationships, and gaming. He also has other channels which focus on his other interests.

The Net Worth of Hiding In My Room

How rich is Hiding In My Room? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $300,000, earned through a successful career on YouTube. He has gained numerous opportunities thanks to his online fame, including sponsorships and collaborative work. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Online Beginnings

Very little is known about Hiding in My Room’s life prior to his rise to fame online. There are no details regarding his family and education, except that he is of Malaysian and English descent. He grew up in England and his ability to speak English fluently would lead him to start working in Japan after he finished his education.

Hiding in my Room

He has been interested in Japan for a long time and took the opportunity to go to the country when a job presented itself. He worked there as an English teacher and his experience there would become influential in the content he would create later on. He would join numerous other YouTubers who have been heavily influenced by Japanese culture and their love for the country to make it big online. Wanting to find a way to document his life experiences, he looked to YouTube to create an online diary. The website was also a way for him to express himself and give himself an outlet.

YouTube and Hiding in My Room

YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees but was later bought by Google for $1.65 billion. It allows users to upload their own videos which can be viewed by others. Interactions can also be done on the website through comments, ratings, shares, and many more. The website has become one of the main sources of video content online with video blogs (vlogs), educational videos, movie trailers, short films, music videos, and many more available on the site. Content creators can also earn income through the Google AdSense program.

He started posting videos in 2016, mainly talking about some of his recent interests and experiences. He has talked about living in Japan and his obsession with the country. He has also discussed racism, mental health, and his problems with various topics such as depression. Some of his most popular videos include why he has no friends, why he hates living in Japan(?), and his struggles with sex addiction. His videos have been very divisive mainly due to how honest they are. He does not mind gaining a lot of dislikes on his videos, and many people have noted that he is a person who’s quite far out in terms of being normal.

Content Reaction and Other Channels

Many of Hiding in my Room’s viewers have noted how absurd and over the top he is in his channel. He has unusual expectations yet seems to be very honest about who he is. Many have stated that one of the reasons they tune in to his channel is due to how compelling and entertaining his videos are, despite how controversial they are. This has helped him gain over 90,000 subscribers.

Wanting to expand his reach, he created other channels focused on other interests, including his gaming channel called Daniel Senpai, but later deleted it out of disinterest and now posts some of his gaming interests in his main channel. He also had a drawing channel called Drawing In My Room, which showcased him drawing in a time lapse, but he discontinued that account too. He is now more focused on his main channel, posting videos several times a week. Recently, he’s been discussing his wife, and problems he’s had with making friends. Many of his fans have noted that it’s good that some of his acquaintances have left him behind due to how creepy he is. Some have even stated that he wears the same outfits and progresses like an anime show which is why some speculate that all of his content is a work in progress.

Personal Life

For his personal life, it is known that Hiding in My Room is married to a Japanese woman named Chihiro, but they are currently separated. Many of his followers and critics have already labelled the marriage doomed to begin with due to his overactive nature to share frequently about his sex life, and document himself talking about cheating in their relationship.

He has stated multiple times that he wants a divorce from his wife but she refuses to sign the papers, instead opting to pursue actions to sue him for adultery. With all of the controversies regarding his life, a few of his Japanese acquaintances have opened up with how he is just doing videos for the controversy and attention he gets, to help him earn money. While this could possibly be true, many have noted that he has unusual social problems that cannot be easily faked on camera. Topics discussed about him seem to lean to the former, stating that a lot of his content is just made up, and not really affecting his life in an any way.


#Marks / Signs
1Frequently collaborates with cinematographer Roger Deakins
2Graphic and realistic depictions of violence
3Frequently uses a song by Radiohead in his films.


1[on Enemy (2013)] There's a part of me that's very attracted to fantastic or sci-fi, and after Polytechnique (2009), Incendies (2010), and knowing I was going to do Prisoners (2013), I felt that I needed to express myself in a film that's more of a fantasy, a distortion of reality. I like those movies a lot. I was a big fan as a kid.
2[on his younger brother's (Martin Villeneuve) TED Talk, the fantastical elements and a possible collaboration between the two (in an interview for The Film Stage on March 17, 2014)] My brother is very creative and he's also got some crazy projects.
3[on Enemy (2013)] The landscape of a movie is part of the equation that creates the meaning of the movie. On 'Enemy', the book, which takes place in a huge massive metropolitan area that's oppressive, inspires it and it creates fear and paranoia because you feel there are too many souls around you. It gives you a claustrophobic feeling. What is unique about Toronto is there aren't a lot of filmmakers that shoot Toronto for itself - David Cronenberg did and Atom Egoyan has - so in the mind of the audience, Toronto is quite fresh.
4[on Enemy (2013)] When you make such a movie - well, like a lot of other movies - that is designed to print images somewhere in the back of your brain, that will haunt you later. It's true that 'Enemy' is a problematic, maybe we should put a warning on it in the beginning [Laughs].
5[on Sicario (2015)] It's about the alienation of the cycles of violence, how at one point we are in those spirals of violence and ask ourselves, 'Is there a solution?' My movie raises the question; it doesn't give any answer.
6I think cinema is a tool to explore our shadows.
7I hate violence, and I think that violence is meaningful if you see the impact of violence on victims. I'm interested on the impact, I'm not interested in the show. I don't want to make a show of violence. I mean, I've been in contact with people who suffered from the trauma of war... When I use violence in a movie it's just to express the power, the impact of it.
8[in 2015] Film is pop art. It's not whether it's auteur cinema or not, that's a false distinction. Cinema is cinema.
9Cinema is an art form that is designed to go across borders. And as a filmmaker, the only way I can direct a movie is when I feel close to my culture.
10[on the concept of boundaries, explored in Enemy (2013)] We all have multiple identities inside of us. I think it's about the power of subconscious and how our actions represent that side of the self - and who is really in control? The influence of the past on our lives and the strength of the past, is something that really impressed me and terrorized me because it means that we aren't totally in control of our actions. I think you can find power over it, but it's a process.
11I was at the premiere of Prisoners (2013) and I heard two thousand people scream at the same time. I turned to my girlfriend and said, 'I love cinema!' It's the sharing of emotions together, and it's collective, It's one of the last communions we have.
12I think they built Hollywood on the West Coast because they were always dreaming of a New World. When they arrived here, the only way to keep dreaming was to make movies. Film was the fourth dimension.
13[childhood memory of duck hunting] You go out at 3AM. In a small boat. You see the mist coming off the water as you wait in the reeds. You're with these men. It's so dark and quiet, and then there's this violence, the thunder of guns. I want to make a film about that one day.
14In contradiction and paradox, you can find truth.


1Favourite film is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
2First name is pronounced "Denny".
3Doesn't use any music when he's editing which means the first edit of his films is without music.
4Older brother of TED2013 speaker Martin Villeneuve, director of Mars et Avril (2012).
5Abandoned an interest in science in college to pursue his love of filmmaking. Then studied film at Université du Québec à Montréal.




Blade Runner 20492017post-production
Arrival2016/IIdirected by
IMDb Enemy: Behind the Scenes2014Short
Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne2011Short
Rated R for Nudity2011Short
Next Floor2008Short
Happiness Bound2007Documentary
120 Seconds to Get Elected2006Short
Un 32 août sur terre1998
Cosmos1996segment "Technétium, Le"
REW FFWd1994Documentary short


Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne2011Short
Incendies2010dialogue / scenario
120 Seconds to Get Elected2006Short
Un 32 août sur terre1998writer
Cosmos1996segment "The Technetium"
REW FFWd1994Documentary short


Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne2011Short
Rated R for Nudity2011Short




Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne2011Short


Hope2011/IIIShort thanks
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentary grateful appreciation to


A Pulse from the Desert: The Score of Sicario2016Documentary shortHimself
Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario2016Documentary shortHimself
Sicario: Blunt, Brolin & Benicio - Portraying the Characters of Sicario2016Documentary shortHimself
Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario2016Documentary shortHimself
Días de cine2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy2014Video documentary shortHimself
Cinema 32011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Premio Donostia a Hugh Jackman2013TV SpecialHimself
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Q with Jian Ghomeshi2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Fabulous Picture Show2011TV SeriesHimself
31st Annual Genie Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Best Direction Winner
Making a Scene2010TV MovieHimself
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
À l'insu du plein gré2001Himself

Archive Footage

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsTop Ten of the Year - International CompetitionEnemy (2013)
2015Best Canadian Feature AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsEnemy (2013)
2015VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director of a Canadian FilmEnemy (2013)
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in DirectionEnemy (2013)
2014DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaFeature FilmEnemy (2013)
2013Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in SilverSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalOfficial Fantàstic European SelectionEnemy (2013)
2012JutraJutra AwardsBest International Motion Picture (Film s'étant le plus illustré à l'extérieur du Québec)Incendies (2010)
201110 Evening News International AwardAdelaide Film FestivalBest Feature FilmIncendies (2010)
2011Audience AwardFICE - Federazione Italiana Cinema d'EssaiBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Incendies (2010)
2011GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionIncendies (2010)
2011GenieGenie AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedIncendies (2010)
2011JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Incendies (2010)
2011JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Incendies (2010)
2011Directors to WatchPalm Springs International Film FestivalIncendies (2010)
2011Audience AwardPortland International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureIncendies (2010)
2011Audience AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalIncendies (2010)
2011TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Canadian FilmIncendies (2010)
2011VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director in a Canadian FilmIncendies (2010)
2010Canadian AwardAtlantic Film FestivalBest Canadian FeatureIncendies (2010)
2010Audience AwardCinéfest SudburyIncendies (2010)
2010GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionPolytechnique (2009)
2010JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Polytechnique (2009)
2010TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Canadian FilmPolytechnique (2009)
2010Best Canadian Feature FilmToronto International Film FestivalIncendies (2010)
2010Audience AwardValladolid International Film FestivalBest FilmIncendies (2010)
2010Miguel Delibes AwardValladolid International Film FestivalBest ScreenplayIncendies (2010)
2010Best Canadian Feature FilmVancouver International Film FestivalIncendies (2010)
2010Grand PrixWarsaw International Film FestivalIncendies (2010)
2009Best Short FilmAnchorage International Film FestivalShort FilmNext Floor (2008)
2009Jury AwardAspen ShortsfestBest DramaNext Floor (2008)
2009SIGNIS AwardExpresion en Corto International Film FestivalBest Short FilmNext Floor (2008)
2009GenieGenie AwardsBest Live Action Short DramaNext Floor (2008)
2009JutraJutra AwardsBest Short Film (Meilleur Court/Moyen Métrage)Next Floor (2008)
2009Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Cinematography (Meilleure Photographie)Polytechnique (2009)
2009Best Narrative ShortNashville Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2009Festival AwardNew York City Short Film FestivalBest Drama ShortNext Floor (2008)
2009Short Film Award - Honorable MentionSeattle International Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2009Short Film Competition Special Jury AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest Short FilmNext Floor (2008)
2008Canadian AwardAtlantic Film FestivalShort FilmNext Floor (2008)
2008Best Canadian ShortCalgary International Film FestivalBest Short FilmNext Floor (2008)
2008Canal+ AwardCannes Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2008Grand PrixDrama Short Film FestivalBest Short FilmNext Floor (2008)
2008Special Competition AwardFIKE - Évora International Short Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2008Director's Choice AwardRhode Island International Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2008Best Short FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2008Best Short AwardSt. Louis International Film FestivalShort FilmNext Floor (2008)
2008Short Cuts Award - Honorable MentionToronto International Film FestivalBest Canadian FilmNext Floor (2008)
2008Best ShortWhistler Film FestivalBest Short FilmNext Floor (2008)
2001Prix SACDAvignon Film FestivalMaelström (2000)
2001FIPRESCI PrizeBerlin International Film FestivalPanoramaMaelström (2000)
2001GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionMaelström (2000)
2001GenieGenie AwardsBest ScreenplayMaelström (2000)
2001JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Maelström (2000)
2001JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Maelström (2000)
2001Grand PrizeMons International Festival of Love FilmsMaelström (2000)
2001Prix Ciné FemmeMons International Festival of Love FilmsMaelström (2000)
2001VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director - CanadianMaelström (2000)
2000Best Canadian FilmMontréal World Film FestivalMaelström (2000)
2000Best Canadian Feature Film - Special Jury CitationToronto International Film FestivalMaelström (2000)
1998Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Film (Meilleur Film Francophone)Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1994Award of the New York Film AcademyLocarno International Film FestivalREW FFWd (1994)

Nominated Awards

2016Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorArrival (2016)
2016COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorSicario (2015)
2016Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorSicario (2015)
2016TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSicario (2015)
2016Golden LionVenice Film FestivalBest FilmArrival (2016)
2016WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorArrival (2016)
2015Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalSicario (2015)
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Director - International CompetitionEnemy (2013)
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Film - International CompetitionEnemy (2013)
2015DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSicario (2015)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Enemy (2013)
2015KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorSicario (2015)
2015OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorSicario (2015)
2014Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia CinemaGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Prisoners (2013)
2013Black Pearl AwardAbu Dhabi Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureEnemy (2013)
2013Golden SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest FilmEnemy (2013)
2012BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film Not in the English LanguageIncendies (2010)
2012CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Incendies (2010)
2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsForeign Language FilmIncendies (2010)
2011DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Incendies (2010)
2010VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director in a Canadian FilmPolytechnique (2009)
2009Audience AwardNew York City Short Film FestivalAudience Choice Program BNext Floor (2008)
2008Discovery AwardCannes Film FestivalNext Floor (2008)
2001Grand PrixParis Film FestivalMaelström (2000)
2001Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalMaelström (2000)
2000Grand Prix des AmériquesMontréal World Film FestivalMaelström (2000)
1999JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1999JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1998Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalBest FilmUn 32 août sur terre (1998)
1997Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Film (Meilleur Film Francophone)Cosmos (1996)

3rd Place Awards

2013People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalPrisoners (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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