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Also Known As: David James Yates Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Merseyside, England, GB Profession: director

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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:...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tarzan (2016)
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  Tichborne Claimant, The (1998) Director
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  Way We Live Now, The (2002) Director
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  State of Play (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
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Became a freelancer for Create Studios
1988:
Filmed first short "When I Was a Girl"
1991:
Directed the dramatic short "Oranges and Lemons" for the BBC
1994:
Directed several episodes of the British police series "The Bill"
1998:
Debuted as a feature director with "The Tichborne Claimant"
2000:
Returned to television to helm several episodes of the BBC miniseries, "The Sins"
2001:
Directed the adaptation of Anthony Trollope's satire "The Way We Live Now"
2002:
Directed the BAFTA nominated short film, "Rank"
2003:
Helmed the BBC miniseries "State of Play"; earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Serial
2003:
Directed Jim Broadbent in "The Young Visiters"
2004:
Helmed the two-part British series "Sex Traffic"
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
2007:
Hired to direct the fifth Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
2009:
Returned to direct the sixth Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
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
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Education

National Film and Television School: -
St. Helens College: -
St. Helens College: -
St. Helens College: -
University of Essex: -

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