Robert Pattinson is a British actor, producer, and musician who rose to fame as the brooding vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series. He has since become one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men, known for his intense performances.

Early Life

Pattinson was born on May 13th, 1986, in London, England. His father Richard was a car salesman and his mother Clare worked for a modeling agency. Growing up, he attended the Harrodian School and later joined the Barnes Theatre Company.

Career Beginnings

Pattinson began his acting career with small roles in television shows like Ring of the Nibelungs and The Haunted Airman. However, it wasn't until he landed the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that he gained broader recognition.

Rise to Fame

In 2008, Pattinson skyrocketed to fame after being cast as Edward Cullen in the movie adaptation of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The film became a worldwide phenomenon and made him an international heartthrob overnight. He reprised his role as Edward Cullen in four more movies: New Moon (2009), Eclipse (2010), Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012).

Beyond Twilight

During his time playing Edward Cullen on screen, Pattinson also took on other challenging roles such as Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes (2009) which showcased his versatility as an actor outside of just being a young adult heartthrob. In recent years he has taken on significant roles including Neil Armstrong’s character biopic First Man(2018).

Music Career

In addition to acting Pattison is also talented musically; composing songs with friend Marcus Foster during breaks while filming Twilight.In fact two original tracks were included into the Twilight soundtrack which feature his vocals and guitar playing.

Personal Life

Pattinson has had a high-profile personal life, having dated co-star Kristen Stewart for a time before they separated after it emerged that Stewart had cheated on him with director Rupert Sanders, adding to the ‘Twilight’ media frenzy.


Robert Pattinson has become one of Hollywood’s most beloved and versatile actors over the past decade beyond his first major role in Twilight. He continues to captivate audiences around the globe with every performance he brings to life onscreen and is certainly someone to keep an eye on for years to come.