Tanya Burr

Tanya Burr (born 9 June 1989)[2] is an English YouTuber and actress, who began posting makeup and fashion videos to her YouTube channel in 2009. In 2017, Burr began pursuing a career in acting, and has since had guest roles in series such as Bulletproof and Holby City, as well as the 2021 film Twist.

Tanya Burr
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Burr in 2020
Born (1989-06-09) 9 June 1989 (age 32)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Years active2009–present
(m. 2015; div. 2019)
YouTube information
Years active2009–present
Subscribers3.32 million[1]
Total views28.73 million[1]
NetworkGleam Futures
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2014

Updated: 14 October 2020

Early life

Burr grew up in Norwich, Norfolk and attended Long Stratton High School and Notre Dame sixth form.[3] After completing school, she studied to become a makeup artist, before getting a job working at the beauty counter in Jarrold's department store in Norwich.[3][4]



While working at Jarrold's in 2009, Burr copied the advice of makeup artist and sister-in-law Samantha Chapman and created a YouTube channel.[5] Burr left her job two years later to focus on her YouTube channel.[4] Her earliest videos showed viewers how to recreate celebrity makeup looks. She later began making videos about fashion, style, and baking.[citation needed] Over the years, Burr has collaborated on videos with other YouTubers, including Zoe Sugg, Louise Pentland, Alfie Deyes, Tyler Oakley, and Joe Sugg.[6] In December 2015, she appeared on the cover of Glamour UK,[7] and the cover of Stylist in November 2016.[8]


In 2017, Burr made her acting debut in the short film Disconnect.[9] She also made an appearance as an extra in the Sky series Bulletproof. Burr made her professional stage debut in May 2018, in a revival of Judy Upton's Confidence. She played the lead role of Ella.[10][11] She then starred in the 2019 film Hurt by Paradise, in the role of Maud.[12] The film premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2019.[13] Later that year, Burr appeared in the BBC medical series Holby City.[14]

Other ventures

In 2014, Burr launched a cosmetics brand, through British retailer Superdrug, called Tanya Burr Cosmetics.[8] The brand ceased production in 2018.[15]

Burr has also written three books with the help of a ghostwriter.[16] Her first book, Love, Tanya, features tips on beauty, vlogging, and baking. It was released by Penguin Books on 29 January 2015.[17] She released a cookbook titled Tanya Bakes on 30 June 2016.[18] Her third book, Tanya's Christmas, was released on 19 October 2017.[19]

Personal life

Burr met fellow YouTuber Jim Chapman in 2007. The two became engaged in December 2012, and married on 3 September 2015, at Babington House in Somerset, announcing the news through their social media accounts on 6 September.[20] On 12 March 2019, Burr announced via Instagram that she and Chapman had decided to split up.[21]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Disconnect Sophie Short film
2018 Love Daily Roxanne 1 episode
2018 Bulletproof Rebecca 1 episode
2019 One Red Nose and a Wedding Bridesmaid Short film
2019 Hurt By Paradise Maud Film
2019 Holby City Joanne Pearsons 1 episode
2021 Twist Rosie Upcoming film
2021 Venice at Dawn Claudia Upcoming film
Stage roles
Year Title Role Venue Ref.
2018 Confidence Ella Southwark Playhouse [22]


  • Love, Tanya (2015)
  • Tanya Bakes (2016)
  • Tanya's Christmas (2017)


  1. ^ a b "About Tanya Burr". YouTube.
  2. ^ Burr, Tanya (9 June 2018). "29 is pretty great so far. Birthday breakfast with @JimChapman, then he had to go to work so I got back in bed with Martha, now off to do a long day in the theatre with two performances. Having proper birthday fun tomo as working today. Basically get 2 bday so I'm happy". Twitter. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Briggs, Stacia (31 May 2013). "How Norfolk's YouTube sensation Tanya Burr caused chaos in London's Covent Garden". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Burr, Tanya (2015). Love, Tanya. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-1405921404.
  5. ^ Cope, Lauren (7 April 2014). "Norfolk YouTube sensations Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, The Lean Machines and Pixiwoo talk about their online success". Eastern Daily Press. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ Bailey, Leanne (28 October 2015). "Watch: Tanya Burr sees her cover for the first time". Glamourmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b Bownass, Helen (15 November 2016). "15 million clicks of fame: Stylist spends a week with vlogging phenomenon Tanya Burr". Stylist. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Tanya Burr Just Landed Her Debut Theatre Role And Fans Are Freaking Out | MTV UK". www.mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Tanya Burr on her stage debut, setbacks and dealing with negativity". Evening Standard. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  11. ^ Team, Stylist (10 May 2018). "Tanya Burr reveals why she is embarking on her second career". Stylist.co.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Introducing: Greta Bellamacina And 'Hurt By Paradise'". CelebMix. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  13. ^ Garner, Bianca (26 June 2019). "EIFF Exclusive Review: Hurt by Paradise". Filmotomy. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  14. ^ Phillipson, Daisy (4 September 2019). "Holby City casts YouTuber Tanya Burr in guest role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  15. ^ Burr, Tanya (12 September 2018). "The Tanya Burr Cosmetics chapter has ended, but another one is starting soon. Follow @TBurrCosmetics on here and on Instagram, to be first to know". Twitter. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  16. ^ "YouTube Star Tanya Burr On Why She Acknowledged Her Ghost Writer And Didn't Ask Zoella For Help". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  17. ^ Leaper, Caroline (28 January 2015). "Tanya Burr's Love Tanya: Star Vlogger Books Decoded". Marie Claire UK. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  18. ^ WHSmith. "Tanya Bakes". WHSmith. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  19. ^ Burr, Tanya (19 October 2017). Tanya's Christmas: Make, Bake and Celebrate. S.l.: Blink Publishing. ISBN 9781911600411.
  20. ^ "YouTubers Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman get married". BBC Newsbeat. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  21. ^ Eyres, Zosia (12 March 2019). "Youtubers Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman announce shock split". bristolpost. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Confidence". Southwarkplayhouse.co.uk. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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