Born on May 13, 1986 in London, England, Robert Pattinson is an actor, model, and musician, who is perhaps best known for his role as Edward Cullen on the movie adaptation of the widely popular vampire-themed novel Twilight and Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Pattinson’s foray into acting began when he got involved in amateur theater through the Barnes Theater Company. He started out with functions in the backstage, before taking on acting roles. Thankfully, he got the attention of an acting agent that resulted in a role in a production of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. This marked the start of his professional career and a stint in modeling, too. One of his first noteworthy roles includes one in an amateur version of Macbeth at the Old Sorting office Arts Center.
Pattinson started off with a supporting role in the television movie Ring of the Nibelungs in 2004 and Vanity Fair by Mira Nair. The following year, he was set to appear in the UK staging of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theater, but was replaced shortly before the opening night by Tom Riley. In the same year, he played one of his more notable roles as Hufflepuff student Cedric Diggory in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The role earned him Times Online’s title of British Star of Tomorrow. More than once, he was called the next Jude Law. It was also during this time when he started appearing in various advertising campaigns.
In 2008, Pattinson was cast to play the lead in Twilight, based on the bestselling novel of Stephenie Meyer. Among his other credits include the lead in Little Ashes, where he played Salvador Dali, the British comedy How To Be, and the short film The Summerhouse.
Robert Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986 in London, England. He enjoys music and is an excellent musician, playing both the guitar and piano.
When Robert was 15, he started acting in amateur plays with the Barnes Theatre Company. After, he took screen role like Ring of the Nibelungs (2004) (TV) (Kingdom of Twilight) as Giselher and Vanity Fair (2004) as Rawdy Crawley.
In 2003, Robert took on the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). He got his role a week later after meeting Mike Newell in late 2003.
He has since been cast as Edward Cullen in the highly-anticipated film, Twilight (2008/I), and reprised his role on the sequels - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). His music was also heard in the film.
Robert has also completed upcoming roles as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes (2008) and Art in How to Be (2008). He was later seen on Remember Me (2010), as well as being its executive producer.
He is an excellent musician playing guitar and keyboards. He has a very calming and gentle singing voice.
He has two older sisters, Lizzy and Victoria. They used to dress him up as a girl.
Sports: Football(soccer), Skiing, Snowboarding, and more.
Acting Inspiration: Jack Nicholson.
Was ranked #23 on Moviefone's 'The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25'(2008). (No wonder he wasn't number one like Jackson Rathbone or Taylor Lautner could have been...)
His portrayal of Edward Cullen has been voted worlds sexiest vampire by AOL users. He is voted the worlds ugliest stoner by me.
2010: Eclipse - Edward Cullen
2010: Remember Me - Tyler
2009: New Moon - Edward Cullen
2008: Twilight - Edward Cullen
2008: Little Ashes - Salvador Dali
2008: How to Be - Art
2008: The Summer House - Richard
2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Cedric Diggory
2007: The Bad Mother's Handbook - Daniel Gale
2006: The Haunted Airman - Toby Jugg
2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Cedric Diggory
2004: Ring of the Nibelungs - Giselher
2004: Vanity Fair - Older Rawdy Crawley
Up until I was 12 my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as 'Claudia'! Twelve was a turning point as I moved to a mixed school and then I became cool and discovered hair gel.
It's strange, somebody asked for my autograph the other day. Because I finished school and I'm not really doing anything at the moment, I was just kind of aimlessly wandering around London and these two guys who were about 30 came up and asked for my autograph. I was really quite proud at the time, and they wanted to take photos and stuff. And then they were sort of wandering around and I was kind of wandering around and I bumped into them about three times, and every single time their respect for me kept growing and growing and growing.
They [Barnes Theatre Club] were a very good group, and for some reason when I finished the backstage thing, I just decided to that I should try to act. So I auditioned for Guys and Dolls and got a little tiny part as some Cuban dancer or something and then in the next play I got the lead part, and then I got my agent. So I owe everything to that little club.
I aspire to be Jack Nicholson. I love his every single mannerism. I used to try and be him in virtually everything I did, I don't know why. I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when I was about 13, and I dressed like him. I tried to do his accent. I did everything like him. I think it kind of stuck with me.
The day before [the Harry Potter London premiere] I was just sitting in Leicester Square, happily being ignored by everyone. Then suddenly strangers are screaming your name. Amazing.
I went to one of these signing conventions. [in '06] It was one of the most interesting experiences I've had. It was so strange that people would pay for autographs. You keep thinking you should do a little dance for them as well or something.
I have been playing the piano for my entire life - since I was three or four. And the guitar - I used to play classical guitar from when I was about five to 12 years of age. Then I didn't play guitar for like years. About four or five years ago, I got out the guitar again and just started playing blues and stuff. I am not very good at the guitar, but I am all right. I am in a band in London as well.
My favorite teacher was probably my English teacher because she got me into writing instead of just answering the question. I used to hand in homework with 20 pages of nonsense and she'd still mark it. She was a really amazing teacher.
I didn't want to get stuck in pretty, public school roles, or I knew I'd end up as some sort of caricature. Playing Dali has been a complete turning point for me. It's the first part I've had that has required really serious thought. I became completely obsessed with Dali during the filming, and I read every biography I could get a hold of. He was the most bizarre, complex man, but in the end I felt I could relate to him. He was basically incredibly shy.
I wasn't at all focused on school, and I didn't achieve much. But I've got a sense of urgency now. I feel I can't let any more time waste away.
"Twilight' is a metaphor for the virtues of chastity, but it's had the opposite effect. I get letters that say "I'm going to kill myself if you don't watch 'High School Musical 2' with me. It's a little nuts."