Name:
Robert Pattinson
Birth Date:
1986/5/13
Birth Place:
London, England, UK
Height:
6' 1
Nationality:
British
Famous for:
His role as the ill-fated young wizard Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005)
Profession:
actor, model, musician
Education:
The Harrodian School in Barnes, London
BIOGRAPHY
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Twilight's Edward

Background:

“’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.” Robert Pattinson

English actor Robert Pattinson is popular among moviegoers as the ill-fated young wizard Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007), and as Edward Cullen, the dreamy vampire heartthrob who falls for Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan, in the hit movie “Twilight” (2008). The actor, who began acting in his teens with the historic Barnes Theater Company in London, has also starred in the films "Vanity Fair" (2004), "How to Be" (2008), and "Little Ashes" (2008). Next, he will reprise his "Twilight" role in its upcoming sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

“Sometimes I think, 'To hell with acting' and then I realize I could be working at a shoe shop. Acting is much cooler.” Robert Pattinson

On television, Pattinson could be seen in the TV movies "Ring of the Nibelungs" (2004; aka "Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King"), "The Haunted Airman" (2006), and "The Bad Mother's Handbook" (2007).

"I don't have much of a sense of personal hygiene or styling or anything. I gave up washing it a while back." Robert Pattinson (on his hair)

This 6' 1" rising star with his trade mark of messy hair, was named “British Star of Tomorrow” by Times Online in 2005. He was also one of Moviefone's “The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25” (2008) and Yahoo's “Top Movie Heart Throb of 2008.”

“I don't see people. I don't even have people's phone numbers. I almost don't want to have a girlfriend in this environment.” Robert Pattinson (about his love life)


Rpattz

Childhood and Family:

"I never did acting at school. I was quite shy throughout my life. My dad and I were at a restaurant and noticed this group of pretty girls nearby and for some reason decided to ask where they had just been. They mentioned the local acting school and since then he had nagged me about attending. At one point he said he would pay me, which is pretty strange. I don't know what his intentions were, but I went. My dad said to me the other day, ‘I really am an artistic person.’ I was shocked as I never saw him as a creative. I think me and my sisters are living out that side of him as my sister is another creative person. She's a songwriter." Robert Pattinson

Born in London, England, on May 13, 1986, Robert Thomas-Pattinson grew up in the suburb of Barnes. His mother, Clare, worked for a modeling agency and his father, Richard, imported vintage cars from the U.S. The youngest and only son of the family, Pattinson has two older sisters.

“Up until I was 12, my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as Claudia. Twelve was a real turning point for me as I moved to a mixed school and then I became cool and discovered hair gel.” Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, nicknamed “Rob” or “Rpattz,” is often called “Patty” by his friends. He attended The Harrodian private school in Barnes, London, and most of his earnings from his first acting job, a supporting role in the television film the “Ring of the Nibelungs,” went to fees for the school.

During his free time, Pattinson enjoys soccer, skiing, and snowboarding. He also loves to watch “American Idol” and “X Factor.” His favorite movie is “Pippi Longstocking.”

Pattinson, whose dream job is to be a pianist, plays the guitar and keyboards. He is currently in a band called “The Bad Girls.” He enjoys rap and likes Eminem. He also likes old blues music and listens to John Lee Hooker and Elmore James.

Pattinson currently resides in London and remains close friends with “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) costars Stanislav Ianevski and Katie Leung. He once said, "I'm really good friends with Stan and Katie. We were all in the same boat as we all started new and I started on the same day as Stan. Stan and I did a lot of on screen stuff together so we bonded well. All the cast are really nice but they are always busy, always, always on set."


Harry Potter's Cedric

Career:

"When I first started, I was quite tall and looked like a girl. So I got lots of jobs because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool. Then, I guess, I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modeling career." Robert Pattinson

At 12 years old, Robert Pattinson first entered show business as a model. Inspired by Jack Nicholson, Pattinson became involved in amateur theatre through the Barnes Theatre Company. He then starred in such stage productions as Thornton Wilder's “Our Town” (played George Gibbs), Cole Porter's “Anything Goes” (as Lord Evelyn Pakleigh), and “Tess of the D'Urbervilles” (portrayed Alec). He also performed in an amateur version of “Macbeth” at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre in South West London.

While performing in “Tess of the D'Urbervilles,” Pattinson was spotted by a casting agent and subsequently began looking for professional roles. He landed his first screen role in 2004 as Giselher, the brother of King Gunther (played by Samuel West), in a German TV production of the epic fantasy mini-series based on the epic poem "Nibelungenlied," “Ring of the Nibelungs,” which aired in the United States on the SciFi Channel as “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” in 2006.

“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.” Robert Pattinson

Robert received a small part in Mira Nair’s film adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel, “Vanity Fair” (2004; starring Reese Witherspoon). However, his scenes were cut in the final production although they appear on the DVD version.

“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. Robert Pattinson

The following year, Pattinson scored his first big break when he snagged the role of Cedric Diggory in the Mike Newell-directed “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005; starring Daniel Radcliffe in the title role). He would later make a brief cameo appearance in its 2007 sequel, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." About his experience in the film, Pattinson said, “Since I started acting, it's kind of been a bit mad. I never really did anything before and two years ago I started acting and I've kind of been in work ever since. Then Harry Potter came along and it's been a huge step and a massive event in my life.”

Meanwhile, Pattinson also appeared in two TV movies, "The Haunted Airman" (2006), a BBC Four production of Dennis Wheatley's 1948 psychological thriller novel, and "The Bad Mother's Handbook" (2007), an ITV drama based on the best selling novel by Kate Long. He also appeared in the advertising campaign for Hackett's autumn 2007 collection.

2008 saw Pattinson snag the star-making role of Edward Cullen, the vampire heartthrob who falls for Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan, in the feature adaption of Stephanie Meyer's bestselling romantic drama novel, “Twilight.” The movie enjoyed international success and Pattinson won a New Hollywood Award at the 2008 Hollywood Film Festival. He was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2009 Empire Awards.

On his chemistry with costar Kristen Stewart and his family in the "Twilight" movie, Pattinson revealed, "It was strange. Like I definitely had a thing with Kristen like that. I mean, all the scenes are pretty intense and when you're working with one person most of the time, especially on a relationship that seems impossible when you first start it, you get like a little bubble. But with the family, they're just really funny people and so I just got on with them. It wasn't really acting. I just had an American accent. Peter [Facinelli] is one of the funniest people I've ever met. Is the line in there where Rosalie breaks the bowl and Peter says, 'Oh, Rosalie always busted my bowls?' It's cut out? That was literally my favorite line in the whole movie."

During this time, Pattinson also appeared in Daisy Gili's 12-minute short drama film, "The Summer House" (2008). He then played the lead role of Art in the award-winning independent feature film written and directed by Oliver Irving, "How To Be." The film also featured Rebecca Pidgeon and Jeremy Hardy and premiered at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Honorable Mention. Pattinson's brilliant performance in the film was also awarded a Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor at the Strasbourg Film Festival.

Moviegoers next caught Pattinson in Paul Morrison's British drama film about the young life and loves of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel, and poet Federico García Lorca, "Little Ashes." In the film, Pattinson portrayed 18-year old Salvador Dalí, opposite Javier Beltrán as Lorca and Matthew McNulty as Buñuel. The film premiered at the 16th annual Raindance Film Festival in London and will be released in the United States on May 8, 2009.

About his role in "Little Ashes," Pattinson explained, “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.”

Pattinson is currently working on the upcoming “Twilight” sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," where he will reprise his role of Edward Cullen. Directed by Chris Weitz, the film is scheduled for release on November 20, 2009.

"Well, I'm not really that good. I am in a band at the moment called Bad Girls. The band belongs to my first girlfriend's current boyfriend and he was having an open mic night. He invited me to sing, but it was just a bit of fun. That was about six months ago. I don't know where that's going to go." Robert Pattinson

Pattinson is also an excellent musician and is currently in a band called “The Bad Girls.” He also appears as the singer of two songs on the “Twilight” soundtrack, "Never Think," which he co-wrote with Sam Bradley, and "Let Me Sign," which was written by Marcus Foster and Bobby Long.

"I've never really recorded anything. I just played in pubs and stuff. Music is my back-up plan if acting fails."


Awards:

  • Strasbourg Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Best Actor, “How To Be,” 2008

  • Hollywood Film Festival: New Hollywood, 2008

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