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31 May 1983
Archway, London, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Actor, Television presenter, Radio DJ|
Top of the Pops (2004—)
Only in America (2005)
The Voice UK (2012—13)
Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ, best known for his roles for the BBC in radio and television. He presented various shows for BBC Radio 1 alongside Fearne Cotton. In 2012, Yates left Radio 1 and left BBC One's talent show The Voice UK with Holly Willoughby after two years presenting.
Yates made his first TV appearance in Desmond's at the age of 8. He also appeared in Disney Club as Robbie. In 1998, Reggie 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".
He presented Mighty Truck of Stuff and Only in America with Fearne Cotton on CBBC as well as his own show on BBC Radio 1 with Fearne Cotton. They presented a breakfast show on Saturday and Sunday mornings. They played from 7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. They then went on to present the Radio 1 Chart Show starting on 14 October 2007 until Sunday 20 September 2009. Fearne left following her promotion to weekday mornings on Radio 1 from 10:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. leaving Reggie to present on his own. They took over from JK and Joel, who have now left the station. In addition to the chart show, Yates also presents a request show on Saturday afternoons, known as The Radio 1 Request Show where listeners can 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 continued with only The Official Chart, he later announced in November that year that he would leave BBC Radio 1. His last show being on 23 December 2012.
In 2006 he appeared on a Reality TV Special of The Weakest Link where he was voted off in the fourth round.
Reggie 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, Reggie voiced the main character, Rastamouse, in the CBeebies television show Rastamouse. In March 2011, he appeared alongside 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 Reggie 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 which 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 about why and how teens get into gangs. He also investigated ways in which gang members can escape the life of violence and anger.
He was born to Ghanaian parents. Yates is a fan of Arsenal. Yates is also a good friend of Fearne Cotton; he DJed with her on Radio 1's Chart show and request show; their last show was broadcast on 20 September 2009 then he carried on hosting the show by himself, until his final show on 23 December 2012. Yates shares his birthday with Joel Ross, the person he succeeded as the host of The Official Chart.
- Walk on the Wild Side (CBBC)
- Mighty Truck of Stuff (CBBC)
- Top of the Pops (BBC One)
- Only in America
- 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 (CBBC)
- Escape from Scorpion Island (CBBC)
- The Almost Perfect Guide to Life (BBC Switch)
- MTV Base Backstage EMA 2007 (MTV Base)
- MOBO Awards 2009 (BBC)
- Autistic Superstars 2010 (BBC Three)
- Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds (BBC Three)
- Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs (BBC Three)
- This is Justin Bieber (ITV)
- The Voice UK (BBC One)
School for Stars (CBBC) (Narrator)
- 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)
- 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)
- "All Change At Radio 1". BBC Radio 1. 2007-09-06. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- "Meet the Joneses". bbc.co.uk. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-03.
- "UK Game Shows". UK Game Shows. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Mangan, L. (4 March 2011). "The Guardian, TV Review". London. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- "The ZOO Q&A: Reggie Yates". Zoo Weekly. Retrieved 2008-07-20. "I'm a season ticket holder at Arsenal"
- Official website
- Reggie Yates on Myspace
- Reggie Yates at the Internet Movie Database
- Reggie Yates Photography
JK and Joel
|BBC Radio 1
Chart show presenter
14 October 2007 – 6 September 2009
Reggie Yates (solo)
Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates
|BBC Radio 1
Chart show presenter
13 September 2009 – 23 December 2012
|The Voice UK
24 March 2012 - 22 June 2013 (with Holly Willoughby)
Emma Willis and Marvin Humes