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David Yates

Yates at the Los Angeles premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007
Born 1963 (age 46–47)
St Helens, Lancashire
Occupation Film director, Television director
Years active 1995(?) – present

David Yates (born 1963) is a BAFTA and Emmy Award winning English film and television director, best known for his work on the most recent Harry Potter films.


Personal life

Born in St. Helens, England, Yates was first inspired to become a director when he saw Steven Spielberg's Jaws. His mother bought him his first camera at the age of 14, and he began making small movies with his brother, Andrew, in local parks. He studied Politics, English literature and Sociology at St Helens College, and scored two 'A' grades and a 'C' despite spending six months in hospital at the time. He then attended the University of Essex, followed by the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, where he excelled as a student.


He has worked extensively in British television, mainly for the BBC, helming high-profile drama projects such as When I Was a Girl (1991), The Sins (2000), The Way We Live Now (2001), Paul Abbott's State of Play (2003), The Young Visiters (2003), Sex Traffic (2004) and Richard Curtis's The Girl in the Café (2005).

In 2004 he won Best Film and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Movie / Serial for "State of Play" at the Directors Guild of Great Britain Awards. In 2006 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Direction in a Made for Television Movie for The Girl in the Café.


Harry Potter

He received his highest-profile assignment to date when he was chosen to direct the fifth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and also directed the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which began filming in September 2007,[1] and the final instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a two part film expected in 2010-11. Yates claims to endeavor to make the films parallel the books as closely as possible, so Warner Brothers agreed to split the final book into two parts or films.[2] Yates has said he intends to film the final Harry Potter film or two Harry Potter films differently. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will have a social-realist feel whereas Part 2 will feel "epic and operatic".


  1. ^ Spelling, Ian (2007-05-03). "Yates Confirmed For Potter VI". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved 2007-05-03.  
  2. ^ "Final Potter film 'split in half'". BBC News. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-13.   Yates will have directed the most Harry Potter films in the series.

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