Birth Name: Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson
Nicknames: Rob, RPattz, Spunk Ransom
Birth Place: London, England, UK
Date of Birth: 13 May 1986
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
Age: 24 Yrs Old
Education: Barnes Theatre Company
Sister: Lizzy Pattinson & Victoria Pattinson
Instruments: Piano and Guitar
Sports: Football, Skiing, Snowboarding, and more
Trade Mark: Messy Hair & Thick eyebrows
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor, model, musician, and producer. Born and raised in London, Pattinson started out his career by playing the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Later, he landed the leading role of Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, and came to worldwide international fame. Pattinson was ranked as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood based on 2009 earnings. In 2010, Pattinson was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Celebrity 100.
Pattinson was born in London. His mother, Clare, worked for a modelling agency, and his father, Richard, imported vintage cars from the U.S. Pattinson has two elder sisters, singer Lizzy Pattinson, and Victoria Pattinson. Growing up in the Barnes suburb of London, he attended Tower House School until he was 12, and then the Harrodian School. He became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company. He auditioned and was cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls. He next auditioned for Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and was cast as George Gibbs. He also played in Anything Goes and Macbeth. He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles.
Pattinson began modelling when he was twelve years old, but the number of jobs began to decrease only four years later. In December 2008 he blamed the lack of work as a model on his masculine appearance: “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 modelling career.” Pattinson appeared in the advertising campaign for Hackett’s autumn 2007 collection.
Pattinson at the 2008 premiere of the film Twilight
Pattinson had supporting roles in the made for television film Ring of the Nibelungs in 2004 and in director Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted and only appear on the DVD version. In May 2005, he was slated to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre, but was fired shortly before the opening night and was replaced by Tom Riley. Later that year he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. For this role he was named that year’s British Star of Tomorrow by The Times. He has more than once been touted as the next Jude Law.
Pattinson played Edward Cullen in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name, which was released on 21 November 2008 in North America. According to TV Guide, Pattinson was initially apprehensive about auditioning for the role of Edward Cullen, fearful that he would not be able to live up to the “perfection” expected from the character. He reprised his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight sequels The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which was released 30 June 2010.
Pattinson had lead roles in the feature films Little Ashes (in which he plays Salvador Dalí), How to Be (a British comedy) and the short film The Summer House.
In 2009, Pattinson presented at the 81st Academy Awards. On 10 November, Revolver Entertainment released the DVD Robsessed, a documentary which details Pattinson’s life and popularity.
In 2010, Pattinson executively produced and starred in the film Remember Me, which was released on 12 March 2010. He will play Georges Duroy in a film adaptation of the 1885 novel Bel Ami, with Uma Thurman, which will be released in 2011. He will also appear in a theatre production for producer David Pugh, and star in a film adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel, Water for Elephants, with Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon. On 13 May 2010, Pattinson appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and also made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 18 May, which aired the following day. Pattinson attended the official worldwide red carpet premiere for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on 24 June 2010 at the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre.
Pattinson plays guitar and piano, and composes his own music. 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. The songs were included in the film after director Catherine Hardwicke added Pattinson’s recordings into an early cut without his knowledge, and he agreed that “one of them specifically, it really made the scene better. It was like it was supposed to be there.”The soundtrack for the film How To Be features three original songs performed by Pattinson and written by composer Joe Hastings.
Aside from recording for the soundtracks, Pattinson has said, “I’ve never really recorded anything – I just played in pubs and stuff”, and when asked about a professional music career, he said, “Music is my back-up plan if acting fails.”In 2010, Pattinson was awarded the ‘Hollywood’s Most Influential Top Unexpected Musicians’ award.
Facts & Trivias
- Is an excellent musician and plays both the guitar and piano. He began taking piano lessons at age three, and classical guitar at five.
- Attended Harrodian private school in London.
- He has two older sisters, Lizzie and Victoria.
- Remains close friends with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) co-stars, Stanislav Ianevski and Katie Leung.
- Was taught how to scuba dive for his role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
- Sports: Has said that darts and pool are more his sport, and that he made up that he liked snowboarding and soccer for his Harry Potter audition.
- Acting Inspiration: Jack Nicholson.
- Was ranked #23 on Moviefone’s “The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25″ (2008).
- Chosen by the Hollywood Film Festival Award Committee as the recipient of the 2008 New Hollywood Award.
- Awarded Best Actor 2008 at the Strasbourg Film festival for his performance as “Art” in the film How to Be (2008).
- One sister, Lizzy, 25, had a top ten hit with the band Aurora. The other, Victoria, 27, works in advertising.
- Most of his earnings from his first acting job – a supporting role in the television film Curse of the Ring (2004) (TV) – went on paying his own fees at The Harrodian School in Barnes.
- He beat 3,000 people to play Edward Cullen in the movie Twilight (2008/I).
- Named as Yahoo’s Top Movie Heart Throb of 2008.
- Named as Rolling Stone Magazine’s Hottest Actor of 2008.
- Named by “Entertainment Tonight” (1981) (ET) as their top hunk of 2008.
- Named as one of the LA Times Breakout Stars of 2008.
- Named as one of Forbes Breakout Stars of 2008.
- His small, but would-have-been-memorable part in Vanity Fair (2004), was cut out in the final production.
- Awarded Hello Magazine’s Most Attractive Man Award of 2008.
- Invited an obsessive fan out for dinner when he was having a bad day.
- Father is a car salesman.
- Supports Arsenal Football Club.
- Splits his time residing between London, UK where his family is from and Los Angeles, CA.
- One of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive 2008.
- Moviefone’s Number 1 Hottest Young Star Under 25 2009.
- Sarah Barry Williams wrote song “She wants to be Mrs Robert Pattinson”.
- Named AOL Moviefone’s Sexiest Male Star of 2009.
- Named GQ (UK) Best Dressed Man of 2009. “Extremely elegant and inspiring, the true essence of a contemporary man.” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, designers.
- Learned to drive in a ten hour crash course on the set of Twilight.
- Merited a place in Time magazine’s – The 100 Most Influential People in the World (“Artists” category) – with a tribute provided by Chris Weitz. [May 10, 2010]
- A distant relative of Vlad the Impaler who Bram Stoker’s Dracula was based on. This is an coincidence because Rob plays Edward Cullen a 100 plus year old Vampire in the Twilight Saga.
- Very private about his personal life. In 2010, many main stream media outlets began referring to his relationship with Twilight Co-star Kristen Stewart as matter of fact instead of rumored.
- 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 (1975) 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 (2008/I) 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 (2007) (TV) with me”. It’s a little nuts.
- Everything has become more intense for six months, since ‘Twilight’ was released. It’s hard to handle what’s happening to me. I don’t have the necessary hindsight, even if only to find a way out to this situation. But this celebrity thing, you can’t fight it, it’s useless, you can’t avoid it. When it’s not something you desired during your whole life, or something you don’t aspire to, you’re free not to care about it. I didn’t sign for Disney. There’s not a stipulation which forces me to smile to the paparazzi.
- Sometimes I think, ‘to hell with acting,’ and then I realize I could be working at a shoe shop. Acting is much cooler.
- Please don’t give me all my luck now. Make it all stretch. I don’t mind waiting. Make it stretch for 70 years.
- When I was 14, I fronted a rap trio. Pretty hard-core for three private school kids from suburban London. And my mum’s, like, cramping our style, popping her head in to ask, ‘You boys want a sandwich?’
- My old agent used to promote me as the male Keira Knightley. (Laughs) I thought: ‘Well, what does that say about me exactly?’ Do I pout a lot or something?
- 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.
- None of those associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first – who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites. That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy. And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs.