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David Yates
Born:November 30, 1963
Birthplace:Kirkby, Merseyside, England, U.K
Spouse:Yvonne Walcott
Born on 30th November 1963, David Yates is a prominent film and TV director in Hollywood. His major claim to fame is directing the final four installments of the famous Harry Potter film series,for which he was honored with the British Academy Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. He has also directed award-winning TV shows like State of Play,Sex Traffic,and The Girl in the Cafe.

Yates was born in Lancashire,England and raised in Rainhill. His parents passed away when he was a young boy,and he grew up with his elder sister,Beverly,and younger brother,Andrew. After watching Steven Spielberg`s movie Jaws as a child,Yates decided to become a filmmaker too and started shooting various videos. He completed his undergrad from St. Helens College in sociology,politics,and literature,and went on to graduate in BA Government from the University of Essex.

Personal Life
David Yates is married to Yvonne Walcott,the aunt of famous football player Theo Walcott.

Movie career
Yates directed his first film When I Was A Girl,in 1988. The film was screened in many film festivals and won the Best Short Film Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. BBC then hired him to direct a short drama film Oranges and Lemons,in 1994. From hereon,he directed several episodes of TV series like The Bill,The Sins,The Way We Live Now,State of Play,Sex Traffic,The Young Visitors,and The Girl in the Cafe.

Shortly afterward,Yates was signed by Warner Bros. Pictures to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,the fifth movie in the Harry Potter film series,based on a series of fantasy novels written by the British author JK Rowling. The movie released in 2007 and was a super hit worldwide. Owing to its commercial success,Yates won the title of Best Director at the Empire Awards and collected the People`s Choice Award from the European Film Academy.

He subsequently went on to direct Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1,and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2. The last Harry Potter movie opened to record-breaking success making it the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter franchise and the most commercially successful film of 2011. In 2014,he directed the pilot of the television drama Tyrant and was also one of the executives producers on it.

David Yates` first release film in 2016 is The Legend of Tarzan,starring Alexander Skarsgard,Margot Robbie,Christoph Waltz,and Samuel L. Jackson. His second directorial venture in the same year is the first film in a trilogy of installments based on J. K. Rowling`s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,a book which is set in the world of Harry Potter.
Peers & More
Alfonso Cuarón
Chris Columbus
Andrew Adamson
James Cameron
Yvonne Walcott
Beverley Yates
Andrew Yates
Popular Movies
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Harry Potter 8-Film Collection
Fantastic Beasts 3-Film Collection
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore
Fantastic Beasts 2-Film Collection
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2
Harry Potter Double Feature: Year 5 & Year 6
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Exclusively For Women)(2D) (4DX)
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
The Legend of Tarzan (3D)

Did You Know? (2)

  • David Yates is one of four directors to helm the Harry Potter films, the others being Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell.
  • David Yates' favorite directors are David Lean, Ken Loach and Martin Scorsese.
  • Personal Quotes (4)

  • "“People who work in television often don't think they can trust filmmakers because they are supposed to be a bit artier and self-indulgent, and people in a film might think anyone who works in television is a hack. If we had more filmmakers working in television, and more television writers and directors working in film, we'd have a much healthier and more vital industry.”"
  • "“I like to create an atmosphere where actors feel safe enough to take risks. I certainly don't believe in being a macho bully; I'm not interested in frightening good work out of people. It's bollocks.”"
  • "“In an ideal world, I'd bounce between big projects and no-budget TV dramas with fantastic scripts. A lot of Hollywood films tend to be bloated, bombastic, loud. At the same time, I do like the infrastructure of making a blockbuster; it's like having a big train set.”"
  • "I like happy sets. Happy sets are good, and I think people feel comfortable on them. "
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