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Reggie Yates

ArtForm: CityShowcase Act/Composer

At 28, Reggie is one of the most talented and versatile performers / presenters on British TV.

Reggie started his career at the tender age of just eight when he appeared in seminal comedy, Desmonds followed by a role as a footballer on A Bit of Fry & Laurie. After a year on Channel Five Soap, Family Affairs and the obligatory turn in The Bill, Reggie landed the part of Carl in BBC cult kid’s show Grange Hill.

Yet acting wasn’t enough to keep Reggie occupied, his charm and presenting skills led to him hosting Diggit where he first worked with Fearne Cotton back in 1998! The BBC quickly spotted his potential and he was recruited to become part of the trio hosting Sunday morning kids show, Smile. Alongside Fearne, Dev and a puppet called Nev, Reggie earned cult status with the feature Bubblin’ and the show’s mischievous energetic feel.

Reggie’s love of music soon came to the foreground as he took his place as a core part of the BBC’s new Black music station, 1Xtra aged just 18. Alongside Dev, he hosted a show for 2 years with highlights including broadcasting from the FA Cup Final and interviewing soon to be Hollywood heavyweight, Jamie Foxx.

As a stalwart of CBBC Reggie got the chance to land some pretty great presenting jobs, he took free kicks with David Beckham in Madrid (Beckham’s Hot Shots), braved the jungles of Brazil (Escape from Scorpion Island) and toured the States with Fearne in the hit show, Only in America. He also found time to co-devise and star in comedy, The Crust, and drama, UGetMe. Amongst a string of children’s shows, Reggie also fronted the Saturday morning programme, Mighty Truck of Stuff which saw him fill a truck with… stuff and then give it away!

Reggie burst on to primetime telly hosting the BBC’s longest running music franchise, the internationally recognised Top of the Pops. Even after the shows regular run came to a close, Reggie continues to be the host of the much loved Xmas Day edition of the show. And as if one cornerstone of British pop culture wasn’t enough, Reggie played the part of Leo in the 2007 series of Doctor Who where he avoided being shot by Daleks or anything else made out of cardboard!

It wasn’t long before Reggie was asked to guest on Radio 1 and as if to prove his credentials as a huge music fan his first specialist show saw some of the very first plays on Radio 1 being Adele and Mr. Hudson. Reunited with Fearne Cotton, the duo took to the air on Weekend Breakfast before heading to the afternoon slot with both the Request Show and the all important Chart Show. After two years together Fearne left the show and Reggie now hosts the shows solo announcing the number 1 to the nation every Sunday at 4pm.

2009 was a stellar year for Reggie, he helped teenagers across the country with his light hearted take on life coaching with The Almost Perfect Guide to Life for BBC2, found a new home at MTV hosting specials on Eminem, Jay-Z and Whitney Houston, donned his wellies for BBC 3 and toured the country hosting the coverage of all the major music festivals from Glastonbury to T in the Park. As if the mud wasn’t bad enough, Reggie braved his deepest fears as he took part in Jack Osbourne’s Adrenaline Junkie where he jumped out of helicopters and worse, in a bid to not get called chicken. For the first time in its history, the MOBOs left London to hold their annual award show in Glasgow, but you can’t take London out of the event as Reggie presided over the awards which included a touching tribute to the late Michael Jackson from his family, Jermaine and LaToya. His stellar performance led to him being offered the chance to host BBC3’s week long dance competition, Move Like Michael Jackson which aired in December 2009.

Acting remains a major passion of Reggie’s and in September 2009 ITV2 screened the eight part drama, Trinity produced by Ash Atalla (The Office). Playing working class hero Theo, Reggie wowed audiences with his portrayal of a student trying to find his way through an elitist college as well as how he fluked getting with the hottest girl in the year! Reggie appears in his first feature film this year, teen slasher movie Demons Never Die alongside Robert Sheehan & Tulisa Constostavlos.

Reggie continues to go from strength to strength on Radio 1’s Request and Chart Shows, and he hosted Glastonbury, Reading, T in the Park and the Big Weekend for BBC3 in 2010 and 2011.

In 2010 Reggie visited the slums of Kibera, Kenya for a life changing experience with Comic Relief. The moving two part films ‘Famous Rich and in the Slums’ were broadcast on BBC1 to much acclaim. He also fronted a leading BBC3 show Autistic Superstars for which he received a prestigious RTS nomination. Reggie continues his documentary work on BBC3 and this year he presented ‘Teen Gangs’ and ‘Tourettes – Let Me Entertain You’  
And just as it was getting a little serious 2011 saw Reggie become a Jamaican rodent. No really! Reggie a prolific voiceover artist has lent his talent to Rastamouse playing the eponymous lead character for CBeebies as well as playing in Australia and Poland.
Reggie ended 2011 on a high hosting a Christmas special for ITV called This Is Justin Bieber and Christmas Top of the Pops on BBC1. 2012 has been a very exciting year for Reggie hosting the BBC1 primetime entertainment show ‘The Voice UK’ with Holly Willoughby.

Biog as updated for City Showcase 2012

Featuring In:

City Showcase at RTTB 2011
Sunday 25.09.2011
Run to the Beat 2012
Sunday 28.10.2012
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