Teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson is an English actor, model and musician best known for playing vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight and the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
Born in London in 1986 where his mother worked for a modelling agency and his father imported vintage cars from the US, he became involved in amateur dramatics through the Barnes Theatre Group where he worked backstage before taking up acting.
He had a short-lived career as a model beginning when he was 12 years old, but gave it up four years later blaming his lack of work on his masculine look. He appeared in the ad campaign for Hackett’s 2007 Autumn Collection.
After cameo appearances in 2004 TV film Ring of The Nibelungs and Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair (his scenes were cut but can be viewed on the DVD) he was due to appear on stage at The Royal Court in the UK premiere of The Woman Before but was sacked before the show opened and was replaced by Return To House on Haunted Hill star Tom Riley.
Later that year he landed the part Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire and was subsequently named one of the British Stars of Tomorrow by The Times.
Often touted as the next Jude Law, he was initially wary of taking on the role of vampire Edward Cullen believing he wouldn’t be able to live up to the "prefection" required for the role.
Currently based in LA, Pattinson is a keen musician and songwriter. He plays piano and guitar, and sang two of the songs on the Twilight soundtrack (Never Think, which he co-wrote, and Let me Sign.) Three original songs by Robert also appear on the soundtrack of indie comedy drama How To Be, in which he also stars.
A staple of ‘sexiest’ lists everywhere, in 2008 he was named ‘One of the Sexiest People Alive’ by People magazine while he beat Johnny Depp to the top slot in a similar poll by Glamour magazine this year.
He refuses to be drawn on persistent rumours that he is dating New Moon co-star Kristen Stewart.
Forthcoming projects include Little Ashes where he plays Salvador Dali, and he has agreed to appear on stage in London’s West End next year in a production by David Hugh, who persuaded Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe to appear in Equus.
He is also rumoured to have been sounded out about appearing alongside Justin Timberlake and High School Musical star Zac Efron in Ohio, an upcoming film based on the 1970 murders of anti-Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University.