David Yates was born in 1963. He is an English filmmaker who rose to mainstream prominence by directing the final four films in the Harry Potter film series: entries five, six, seven, and eight (2007â2011). His work on the series brought him commercial success along with many accolades, such as the British Academy Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Yates' following projects include, but are not limited to, The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Early in his career he had directed various short films and became a prolific television director with credentials including all six parts of the political thriller State of Play (2003), which won him the Directors Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, the two- part docu-drama Sex Traffic (2004), and the Primetime Emmy Award-winning production The Girl in the Cafe (2005).