David Heyman
Heyman in 2016
Born
David Jonathan Heyman

(1961-07-26) 26 July 1961 (age 62)
London, England
EducationWestminster School
Alma materHarvard University
Occupation(s)Producer
Founder of Heyday Films
EmployerHeyday Films
Notable workHarry Potter, Barbie, Wonka, Paddington and more film series
SpouseRose Uniacke
ChildrenHarper Heyman
Parent(s)John Heyman
Norma Heyman

David Jonathan Heyman (born 26 July 1961) is a British film producer and the founder of Heyday Films. Heyman is best known as the primary producer of all eight installments of the Harry Potter film series, which are based on a series of popular fantasy novels of the same name by author J. K. Rowling. He then produced all three installments of its spin-off prequel series, Fantastic Beasts. His work makes him the second-most commercially successful producer of all time.

Early life

Heyman was born in London. He is the son of John Heyman, producer of the films The Go-Between and Jesus, and Norma Heyman (née Pownall), an actress, and Oscar-nominated producer of the films Dangerous Liaisons and Mrs Henderson Presents.[1][2][3] His paternal grandparents were German Jews who left Nazi Germany and emigrated to England prior to World War II, while his mother's family was English.[4][5][6][7] At age seven, he was a page boy in the wedding of his godmother, Diana Dors, to actor Alan Lake.[8] Heyman went to Westminster School and, following graduation, he decided to study abroad. He studied art history at Harvard University,[9][10] where he was an All-American sabreman for the fencing team.[11]

Career

Heyman started in the film industry as a production assistant on David Lean's A Passage to India, and in 1986, Heyman became a creative executive at Warner Bros., and he was assistant to Mark Canton. In 1987, he became vice president of United Artists, which joined a series of changes as original production VPs had quit,[12] and subsequently embarked on an independent producing career with his first film, Juice, in 1992, followed by the cult "stoner" film The Stoned Age (1994) and others.

In 1997 Heyman returned to London and founded his own production company, Heyday Films. He has since produced a number of films including the Harry Potter film adaptations. Other notable productions during this time include the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend and the 2008 films The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Is Anybody There?, and Yes Man.

After finishing work on the Harry Potter films, Heyman reunited with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón to produce the 2013 science fiction thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film grossed more than $700 million worldwide and was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning seven including Best Director for Cuarón. He also produced the 2013 comedy We're the Millers and the 2014 family film Paddington, for which he was nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

Heyman produced the Warner Bros. film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was released in November 2016, as well as its 2018 sequel.[13][14]

In 2020, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino, and both of them were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. In addition, Heyman was also nominated for the same award for Marriage Story with Noah Baumbach.

Personal life

Heyman currently lives in Pimlico, London, and is married to interior designer Rose Uniacke (née Batstone). They have one son, Harper Heyman.[15][16][17] He is stepfather to four children from her previous marriage.[17]

Filmography

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.

Film

Year Film Credit Ref.
1992 Juice
1994 The Stoned Age
1996 The Daytrippers Executive producer
1999 Ravenous
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Taking Lives Executive producer
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I Am Legend
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Is Anybody There?
Yes Man
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2013 We're the Millers Executive producer
Gravity
2014 Testament of Youth
Paddington
2016 The Light Between Oceans
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
2017 Paddington 2
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Marriage Story
2020 The Secret Garden
2022 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
White Noise
2023 Barbie
Wonka
TBA The Rivals of Amziah King
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1970 Bloomfield Eldad
1998 Cookin' Pinot NOir Short film
1999 Ravenous Mr. Janus
2000 Whipped Suit
2006 Heartless Ted Short film
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Healer in Portrait Uncredited
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Dining Wizard in Painting Uncredited
Thanks
Year Film Role
2004 My Summer of Love Special thanks

Television

Year Title Credit Notes
1994 Blind Justice Television film
2005 Threshold Executive producer
2010 Awkward Situations for Men Executive producer Television film
2011 Page Eight Television film
2013 The Thirteenth Tale Television film
2014 Turks & Caicos Executive producer Television film
Salting the Battlefield Executive producer Television film
2018 The Long Song Executive producer
2019 The InBetween Executive producer
The Capture Executive producer
2020 The Adventures of Paddington Executive producer
2021 Clickbait Executive producer
2024 Apples Never Fall Executive producer

Awards and nominations

Year Title Award Category Result Ref.
2013 Academy Award Best Picture Gravity Nominated [22]
2019 Marriage Story Nominated [23]
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated [24]
2023 Barbie Pending [25]
2001 BAFTA Awards Outstanding British Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated [26]
2004 Outstanding British Film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [27]
2010 Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award Harry Potter Won [28]
2013 Best Film Gravity Nominated [29]
Outstanding British Film Won
2014 Outstanding British Film Paddington Nominated [30]
2016 Outstanding British Film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Nominated [31]
2019 Best Film Marriage Story Nominated [32]
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated
2001 BAFTA Children's Award Feature Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won
2006 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2014 Paddington Won
2011 BAFTA Television Award Best Single Drama Page Eight Nominated
2022 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts Nominated
2001 Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Picture Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated
2013 Gravity Won
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Received
2019 Best Theatrical Motion Picture Marriage Story Nominated
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated
2023 Barbie Nominated
2011 Art Directors Guild Award Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award Harry Potter series Won
2019 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Picture Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Won
Marriage Story Nominated
2014 Empire Award Best British Film Paddington Nominated
Best Comedy Won

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