Charles Joseph McDonnell (born 1 October 1990) is a British filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, former vlogger and author from Bath, Somerset. On 15 June 2011, his YouTube channel charlieissocoollike became the first in the UK to reach one million subscribers.
As a musician, McDonnell was a member of Doctor Who-themed rock band Chameleon Circuit and was also a member of the short-lived project Sons of Admirals until it was disbanded in May 2011. In 2010, McDonnell released a solo album titled This Is Me. McDonnell directed a series of short films from 2013 to 2014, and co-hosted the weekday morning YouTube breakfast show Cereal Time with Capital FM presenter and fellow YouTube vlogger Jimmy Hill from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, he published his first book, Fun Science.
After over a decade of regular uploads, McDonnell ended his YouTube career in December 2018 and moved onto screenwriting and television production duties. His first series, the science fiction drama Don't Look Deeper, was released on the streaming platform Quibi in July 2020
Chris Broad (born 21 April 1990), known online as Abroad in Japan, is a British YouTuber, filmmaker, podcast host, and former Assistant Language Teacher. He focuses on the creation of videos about Japanese culture, Japanese food and travel in Japan, primarily in the Tōhoku region.
Broad was born on 21 April 1990 in the English town of Maidstone in Kent. Broad's interest in filmmaking began at the age of eight when his grandfather had him record his aunt's wedding in Vancouver since his grandfather could not travel from England to attend the wedding. Broad briefly appeared on the TV series Robot Wars in the UK, where his father and team were regular contestants, with their robot Killertron.
Broad studied English and business at the University of Kent from 2009 to 2012. While attending the university, he developed interests in film making and Japanese culture. Broad moved to the city of Sakata in Yamagata Prefecture to teach English as a part of the JET Programme in 2012 while creating videos about his life and experiences in Japan. He has since left the programme and moved to Sendai.