David Yates was born on 8 October 1963, in St Helens, Merseyside, England, and is an English filmmaker, almost certainly best known for directing the final four films in the “Harry Potter” film series.
A notable filmmaker, how wealthy is David Yates? According to sources, Yates has collected a net worth of over $22 million, as of early 2017, his fortune earned largely through his involvement in the film and television industry.
David Yates Net Worth $22 Million
Yates grew up on Merseyside, along with his two siblings; their parents died when he was a young boy. He attended St Helens College and then moved to the University of Essex in Colchester, graduating with a BA degree in Government in 1987.
He started to make short films during his teenage years, using a camera his mother had given him. His professional directing career started in 1988, when he wrote and directed the short film “When I Was a Girl”, which earned him several awards and paved his way into the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England. While there, he directed the short drama films “Oranges and Lemons” and “The Weaver’s Wife”, and his graduation film – “Good Looks” – earned him a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
After his graduation in 1992, Yates went on to direct a number of episodes of the television series “The Bill”, and of the documentary “Tale of Three Seaside Towns”, plus the short film “Punch”. He then moved into his first feature film, the 1998 independent historical drama film “The Tichborne Claimant”, and his wealth began to grow.
In the early part of the 2000s, Yates directed several episodes of the miniseries’ “Sins”, and “The Way We Live Now”, a four-part television adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s same-titled novel. His fourteen-minute short film “Rank” earned him a nomination for the British Academy Film Award for Best Short Film, and his six-part drama serial “State of Play” received rave reviews and several awards as well. His next notable achievement of this period was his two-part drama entitled “Sex Traffic”, which won eight BAFTA and several other awards. He also directed the acclaimed television film “The Girl in the Café”, which won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. All added to his wealth.
In 2006 Yates was chosen to direct “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by Warner Bros. Pictures the fifth film in the series; it won rave reviews, and was a great box-office success, which saw Yates selected to direct the sixth installment as well, the 2009 “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. This film was also a great commercial success, with Yates’ directing praised. All these triumphs contributed to the growth of Yates’ popularity, and his net worth as well.
His involvement in the franchise didn’t stop here, directing in 2010, the seventh “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”, and a year later, the eighth and so far final in the series entitled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”. Both films were big box-office successes, especially the latter as it became the highest-grossing film in the series, and the highest-grossing film of 2011. Yates’ popularity skyrocketed, as did his wealth.
In 2013 he directed the television pilot of the series “Tyrant” , and then began working on the action adventure film “The Legend of Tarzan”, released in 2016. In the meantime, he started to work on the first film in a series of five installments of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, based on the same-titled book by J. K. Rowling, and set in the world of Harry Potter. The film came out in 2016, achieving positive reviews.
Very little is known about Yates’ personal life, however, Yvonne Walcott is listed as his spouse. Additional details regarding his private life are unknown to the public.
He trained as a director at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.
He worked at cre8 studios in Regent Circus in Swindon as a facilitator.
Use of hand-held camera
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 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.
People who work in television often don't think they can trust film makers because they are supposed to be a bit more arty and self indulgent, and people in 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.