David Yates

Director
A skilled director with a strong visual style and a flair for realism who crafted stories of modern intrigue and corruption, David Yates made the rare jump from working on edgy television projects in his native England ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in Merseyside, England, GB

Filmography

Director (11)

Tarzan 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

State of Play 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Sins 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Way We Live Now 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

The Tichborne Claimant 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl in the Café (TV Show)

Director

The Young Visiters (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Tyrant 2001 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Your Voice In My Head 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A skilled director with a strong visual style and a flair for realism who crafted stories of modern intrigue and corruption, David Yates made the rare jump from working on edgy television projects in his native England to overseeing one of the world's most lucrative film series. After a decade-long journey which brought him to the forefront of small screen drama, Yates hit his stride with the arresting political dramas "State of Play" (2003) and "Sex Traffic" (2004), both of which lead to BAFTA Awards recognition and the unlikely assignment of taking over the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise. Of course, his British roots may have explained a bit of why he was brought to Hollywood to begin work on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007), but his penchant for rather bleak material in the past might not have put him on top of the list for desired directors. It was, however, his work on British television that caught the attention of producers, allowing Yates to settle in to direct the final four installments to the series. Following "Order of the Phoenix," he directed "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009), and the highly anticipated finale "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010) and "Part 2" (2011), each of which earned widespread critical praise while smashing box office records. Because of a certain young wizard, Yates was suddenly an in-demand filmmaker who had virtual carte blanche to direct anything he wanted.

EDUCATION

National Film and Television School

Buckinghamshire

St. Helens College

St. Helens College

St. Helens College

University of Essex

Milestones

2010

Directed the seventh and final instalment in the Harry Potter film series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011

2009

Returned to direct the sixth Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

2007

Hired to direct the fifth Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

2005

Directed Richard Curtis' Emmy Award-winning script "Girl in the Café" for the BBC and HBO; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries

2004

Helmed the two-part British series "Sex Traffic"

2003

Directed Jim Broadbent in "The Young Visiters"

2003

Helmed the BBC miniseries "State of Play"; earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Serial

2002

Directed the BAFTA nominated short film, "Rank"

2001

Directed the adaptation of Anthony Trollope's satire "The Way We Live Now"

2000

Returned to television to helm several episodes of the BBC miniseries, "The Sins"

1998

Debuted as a feature director with "The Tichborne Claimant"

1994

Directed several episodes of the British police series "The Bill"

1991

Directed the dramatic short "Oranges and Lemons" for the BBC

1988

Filmed first short "When I Was a Girl"

Became a freelancer for Create Studios

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