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Reginald "Reggie" Yates (born 31 May 1983) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ, best known from his roles as Rastamouse, Leo Jones in Doctor Who, and for his work at the BBC in radio and television – presenting various shows for BBC Radio 1 with Fearne Cotton – as well as hosting the ITV2 reality show Release the Hounds from 2013 until 2017.
31 May 1983
|Occupation||Actor, television presenter, Radio DJ Singer|
Top of the Pops (2004–2016)
Only in America (2005)
The Voice UK (2012–13)
Release the Hounds (2013–2017)
Prized Apart (2015)
Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week (2017)
He has co-presented the prime-time BBC One game show Prized Apart, alongside Emma Willis. He is also the presenter of the BBC Three show Reggie Yates' Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK.
Yates' parents, Felicia Asante and Reginald "Jojo" Yates, were both born in Ghana; however, his paternal grandfather Harry was the son of an English accountant, George Yates, who worked in the gold mining industry. Harry Yates' mother Dorothy was also of mixed race: her father was a British colonial administrator, A. G. Lloyd, while her mother Sarah was a farmer and trader.
Yates grew up in north London, and attended Central Foundation Boys' School in Cowper Street, Islington. He then attended City & Islington Sixth Form College on Goswell Road, Islington.
Yates made his first television appearance in Desmond's at the age of eight. He also appeared in Disney Club, as Robbie. In 1998, Yates appeared as a guest presenter on Diggit on CITV also under the name Robbie. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular children's series Grange Hill. From 2002 to 2004, he presented the Sunday morning programme Smile, and then went on to present Top of the Pops with former Smile co-host Fearne Cotton before the final episode broadcast on BBC Two on 30 July 2006. He also created and starred in the series The Crust and presented Dance Factory and his own radio show on BBC Radio 1.
In 2005, Yates appeared in the BBC singing contest Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in aid of Comic Relief, finishing in fourth place. On the show, his songs included "Boombastic", "You're The First, The Last, My Everything", "It Ain't Over Til It's Over", "U Can't Touch This" and "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)". He also sang a duet, "It Takes Two", with Edith Bowman, the eventual winner of the show. He dyed his hair red for his performance of "Dancing on the Ceiling".
Yates presented Mighty Truck of Stuff and Only in America with Fearne Cotton on CBBC as well as a programme on BBC Radio 1. They presented a breakfast show on Saturday and Sunday mornings, taking over from JK and Joel. They played from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 am. The duo then went on to present The Radio 1 Chart Show starting on 14 October 2007 until Sunday 20 September 2009. Cotton left following her promotion to weekday mornings on Radio 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., leaving Yates to present on his own. In addition to the chart show, Yates also presented a request show on Saturday afternoons, known as The Radio 1 Request Show, where listeners could send in a text or phone in to request a song. In April 2012, it was announced that Yates would finish the request show and continue with only The Official Chart. He announced in November 2012 that he would leave BBC Radio 1, and his last show aired on 23 December that year.
In 2006 Yates appeared on a Reality TV Special of The Weakest Link and was voted off in the fourth round.
Yates co-hosted the MOBO Awards 2009 with Keri Hilson at the SECC, Glasgow. He has also presented live coverage of the Glastonbury, Reading and T in the Park music festivals for BBC Three, and interviewed stars such as Estelle and 50 Cent for MTV specials.
In 2011, Yates voiced the main character, Rastamouse, in the CBeebies television show Rastamouse. In March 2011, he appeared with Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon and Samantha Womack in the BBC fundraising documentary for Comic Relief called Rich, Famous and in the Slums, where the four celebrities were sent to Kibera in Kenya, Africa's largest slum. In October 2011, Yates starred in Arjun Rose's UK slasher Demons Never Die as Officer Mason.
In 2012, as part of BBC Three's Criminal Britain Season, Yates explored the culture of fear, anger and violence that drives the dangerous world of teen gangs. The show, Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs, involved Yates speaking to current and former gang members to find out why and how teens get into gangs. He also investigated ways in which gang members can escape the life of violence and anger.
2013 saw Yates travel to South Africa to shoot a series about extreme communities entitled Reggie Yates: Extreme South Africa, which aired in Spring 2014 on BBC Three. It was successful enough for Yates to return with Reggie Yates' Extreme Russia in April 2015 for BBC Three.
Yates is also a writer and director. In 2013, his first short film Patriarch aired on Channel 4 as part of their "Random Acts" season and he has just completed his second short called Date Night starring Daniel Kaluuya and Tony Way which won 'Best UK Short Film' at the London Independent Film Festival.
Continuing his documentarian journey, in 2016 Yates's BBC Three series The Insider saw the presenter spend time behind bars in Texas and join Unit 27 of the 56th Infantry Battalion in Acapulco to live the life of an ordinary soldier fighting on the front line of the brutal war against the country's powerful and violent drug cartels.
In 2018, Yates was the themed category judge for Koestler Trust's I'm Still Here at the Southbank Centre, London, an exhibition of art works by prisoners, detainees and ex-offenders. The theme was 'connections'.
In 2017, the BBC was forced to apologise for a Reggie Yates documentary on Australia's indigenous communities. The aboriginal people Reggie Yates interviewed and filmed said they were misled by Yates and the production crew. They accused Yates of portraying them in a negative light when Yates promised them the story would be fair.
In November 2017, Yates stated on a podcast: "The thing that makes it great about this new generation of artists is that they ain’t signing to majors. They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren". His remarks were condemned by the Community Security Trust's Dave Rich who said: “Even worse than any offence is the message Yates gives his audience by reinforcing an anti-Semitic stereotype”. Yates was "hugely apologetic" for his comment. Following his comments, he stood down from presenting the 2017 festive special editions of Top of the Pops.
In 2019, when filming for his television series Reggie Yates vs The World in Derry, Northern Ireland, it was claimed that tensions on the street were stoked by dissident Republicans "for the benefit of the film crew", resulting in a riot during which Lyra McKee was murdered.
- Top of the Pops (BBC One; 2004–2016) – Co-presenter, with Fearne Cotton
- Mighty Truck of Stuff (CBBC Channel; 2005) – Presenter
- Only in America (CBBC Channel; 2005) – Co-presenter, with Fearne Cotton
- Dance Factory
- Beckham's Hotshots
- Smile (BBC Two)
- Bring It On (BBC One)
- UGetMe (CBBC & BBC One)
- Trevor Nelson's Lowdown (BBC Three)
- The Big C Concert (BBC)
- Blue Peter Jubilee Special (BBC)
- Kids Passport to London (Miramax)
- Disney Club
- Diggit, RoadHog (Buena Vista)
- Get 100 (BBC Two; 2007)
- Escape from Scorpion Island (CBBC Channel; 2007) – Co-presenter, with Caroline Flack
- The Almost Perfect Guide to Life (BBC Switch)
- MTV Base Backstage EMA 2007 (MTV Base)
- MOBO Awards (BBC; 2009)
- School for Stars (CBBC) – Narrator
- Autistic Superstars 2010 (BBC Three)
- Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds (BBC Three)
- Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs (BBC Three) – Presenter
- This is Justin Bieber (ITV; 2011) – Presenter
- The Voice UK (BBC One; 2012–2013) – Co-presenter, with Holly Willoughby
- Unity: A Concert for Stephen Lawrence (BBC One)
- Release the Hounds (ITV2; 2013–2017) – Presenter
- Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One; 2014) – Subject
- Reggie Yates: Extreme South Africa (BBC Three) – Presenter
- Reggie & Thunderbirds: No Strings Attached (ITV2; 2015) – Presenter
- Thunderbirds Are Go – Ellis the Security Guard (voice)
- Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia (BBC Three; 2015–) – Presenter
- Prized Apart (BBC One; 2015) – Co-presenter, with Emma Willis
- Reggie Yates: Race Riots USA – Presenter
- Reggie Yates Extreme Countries (BBC Three; 2015–) – Presenter
- Reggie Yates: The Insider (BBC Three; 2016–) – Presenter
- Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week (BBC Two; series 2, 2017–) – Presenter
- Fearne & Reggie (BBC Radio 1)
- The Trevor Nelson Show (BBC Radio 1)
- Reg & Dev (BBC Radio 1Xtra)
- Smile Radio (Smile Website)
- The UK Top 40 (Formally known as Radio 1's Chart Show) (BBC Radio 1)
- The Fearne & Reggie Saturday request show (BBC Radio 1)
- The Request Show with Reggie Yates (BBC Radio 1)
- The Official Chart with Reggie Yates (BBC Radio 1)
Thunderbirds are go (ITV)
- The Crust (Archie)
- UGetMe (Calvin)
- Grange Hill (BBC)
- The Bill (ITV)
- Priest (Screen Two)
- Family Affairs (Five)
- I Bring You Frankincense (Crucial Films)
- Ghostbusters of East Finchley (BBC)
- Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars (Jenks) (BBC)
- Focus (Harrison) (BBC Schools)
- Pirates (Child's Play)
- Children's Society (Breechhurst)
- Between the Lines (BBC)
- Desmond's (Humphrey Barclay)
- Promotional Advert (Trouble TV)
- Stars in Fast Cars (BBC)
- Doctor Who (BBC) (as Leo Jones)
- Trinity (ITV2)
- Rastamouse (CBeebies)
- Playhouse Presents – Episode: "The Pavement Psychologist" (Sky Arts), Series 2 2013 (as Tommy)
- Release the hounds (ITV) 2013–2017
- Reggie Yates: Outside Man (Netflix) 2017
Writing and directingEdit
- Patriarch (2013)
- Date Night (2014) – Won Best UK Short Film at the London Independent Film Festival
- Shelter (2015)
- Roadkill (2016)
National Television AwardsEdit
|2017||TV Presenter||Extreme Russia||Nominated|
|2017||Factual Entertainment||Reggie Yates: The Insider, BBC Three||Nominated|
Royal Television Society Television AwardsEdit
|2016||Best Presenter||Extreme Russia||Won|
|2016||Documentary Series||Extreme Russia||Nominated|
|2016||Entertainment||Release the Hounds||Won|
|2011||Best Presenter||Autistic Superstars||Nominated|
|2016||Best multi-channel programme||Extreme Russia||Won|
Broadcast Digital AwardsEdit
|2016||Best Popular Factual Programme||Extreme Russia||Nominated|
|2016||Best Entertainment Programme||Release the Hounds||Nominated|
Edinburgh TV AwardsEdit
|2016||Best Factual Programme||Extreme Russia||Won|
Attitude Pride AwardsEdit
|2015||Attitude Ally Award||Reggie Yates for Extreme Russia||Won|
London Independent Film AwardsEdit
|2014||Festival Prize, Best Short Film UK Feature||Date Night||Won|
Children's BAFTA AwardsEdit
|2003||Presenter||Reggie Yates: Smile||Nominated|
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