Rhys Yates was born and raised in a tough area of north-west London. He found solace in acting, first via the National Youth Theatre’s social inclusion programme Playing Up, an experience that gave him the necessary qualifications to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
While he made his screen debut in the bittersweet indie drama Common People (2013), it was in 2016 that Rhys’ talent began to shine through, landing roles in crime drama Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky), historical comedy Plebs (ITV) and BAFTA-winning British soap EastEnders (BBC). However, he is perhaps best known for the character of Julius in the star-studded historical action epic Britannia (Sky/Amazon), co-created by Jez Butterworth. More recently, Rhys’ added Brit flick Postcards from London (2018), a quirky drama about five art-mad male escorts, to his filmography.
Rhys is currently filming Stephen Merchant and Elgin James’ new crime thriller The Offenders (BBC One/Amazon Studios), and you can catch up with him, later this year, in the new series of Silent Witness (BBC) along with series’ newcomer Jason Wong.