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From Radio 1 and CBBC to primetime gameshows to serious documentaries, writer, director, actor, producer and presenter Reggie is one of the most adaptable talents in television. He's directed award-winning short films, co-hosted talent contest The Voice, and made hard-hitting factual programmes which have seen him spend time with the poor of Ghana, Syrian refugees, Russian minorities, and the US military.
Reggie Yates is a television and radio presenter who has combined light entertainment and serious factual programmes. He has co-hosted BBC1 primetime talent contest The Voice and Radio 1’s weekend breakfast and The Radio 1 Request Show. Reggie has acted in Doctor Who, fronted game shows, and fronted award-winning filmmaking projects and documentaries on subjects ranging from teenage gang culture to LGBTQ+ issues in Russia.
Starting out as an actor with early roles in series like Grange Hill, The Bill, and Channel 4 sitcom Desmond's, Reggie then moved towards presenting children and youth programming on BBC TV and radio. Alongside presenting a range of entertainment shows he continued his acting appearing in programmes including Doctor Who and Rastamouse, providing the voice for the title character of the CBeebies hit. He also developed a career behind the camera as a writer and director. His first short film, Patriarch, was shown on Channel 4 as part of their Random Acts season, and his second, Date Night, won Best UK Short Film at the London Independent Film Festival.
Reggie took on both presenting and producing roles for his series of Extreme films that explored challenging subjects of inequality and injustice around the world. His documentaries, which frequently focus on the stories of younger people, have seen him explore life in a Syrian refugee camp, work as a guard in a US prison, and accompany Ghanaians who are forced to scavenge on a toxic electronics waste dump. Other films have seen him examine addiction, the military, race, Russian society, and the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy, and have won a number of awards.
As well as combing entertainment presenting with serious factual programme making, Reggie published his autobiography, Unseen: My Journey. He also speaks on subjects ranging from creativity and storytelling to the power of authenticity, the need for diversity in all aspects of society, and issues around technology and young people. Using his platform to empower others and tackle pressing issues, Reggie was named on the Powerlist as one of Britain’s most influential black personalities.
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