Travis Yates

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Travis Yates
Born (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 22)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001 - present

Travis Hamilton Yates (born 2 March 1993) is a British actor. He is best known for portraying the title role of Billy in the London production of Billy Elliot the Musical from 2005 to 2007.

He was born in Manchester and lives in Middleton, Greater Manchester. He started training for an acting career as a toddler, attending classes in acting and dancing most nights of the week, and studying drama at the Oldham Coliseum starting at age 6.[1] His earliest roles were television adverts and appearing on television programmes A&E, Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe and Doctors. He then played several characters in the comedy sketch series Stupid for the CBBC.

He joined the West End cast of Billy Elliot in 2005, at the age of 12, becoming the fifth boy to perform the lead role of Billy.[1] His debut was December 19, 2005.[2] He left the show temporarily in June 2006, returning in October of the same year replacing Liam Mower. His final performance was on 1 September 2007. During his time in the musical he appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show (with Elton John and fellow Billy Elliot performers Liam Mower and Leon Cooke).

In 2010 he was cast as a new character, Arlo, in the teen soap opera Hollyoaks.[3]

He attended Holy Cross College in Bury, Greater Manchester. Travis also attended Cardinal Langley R.C High School.

He has recently announced his engagement to Daniel Glover, they are due to enter a civil partnership later this year.

Travis currently resides in a band called Thinking Pretty with two of his friends, they have played several shows so far and plan to release an E.P in the near future.


  1. ^ a b Yakub Qureshi (2005-12-29). "''Oldham Boy Dances for Joy,'' Manchester Evening News, December 29, 2005". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  2. ^ Jeni Harvey (2005-12-29). "''Travis Really Is the Next Billy Elliot,'' Manchester Evening News, December 29, 2005". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  3. ^ "PHA casting agency". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 

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