Robert Pattinson plays Edward in ‘Twilight’
Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the forest in ‘Twilight’
Robert Pattinson promotes ‘Twilight’ at the Apple Store in Soho in NYC
Edward (Robert Pattinson) carries Bella (Kristen Stewart) in ‘Twilight’
A somber Robert Pattinson at the ‘Twilight’ portrait session in Rome, Italy
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson attend the ‘Twilight’ premiere in Rome, Oct. 2008
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the ‘Twilight’ photocall at the Rome Film Festival
In one quick year, Robert Pattinson went from being an actor in smaller movie roles to a vampire idol of millions. Prior to 2008, Robert was best known as Harry Potter’s ill-fated friend who competes with him in the TriWizard Tournament, in 2005’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” However, when he was cast as Edward Cullen, the romantic vampire hero in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series in 2007, he became an overnight sensation.
Robert Thomas-Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986 in London, England, in the United Kingdom and was raised by his parents, Clare and Robert Pattinson, in Barnes. As a teen, he learned classic drama by joining the prestigious Barnes Theatre Club. He was sought out by a casting agent, and was encouraged to pursue a career in acting. In 2004, he debuted in the epic fantasy “Ring of the Nibelungs,” which aired in the United States as “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” in 2006.
Soon after, Robert won the role of Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” for director Mike Newell. Robert was singled out in the press for his performance, and was named a, “future Jude Law.”
Following Harry Potter, Robert appeared as a shell-shocked World War II airman in “The Haunted Airman” for BBC Four, and a nerdy student in the drama, “The Bad Mother’s Handbook” for ITV. Later in 2007, he re-appeared in a flashback cameo as Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” In 2008, Robert appeared as a depressed man in the feature “How To Be,” which earned him critical acclaim. He also portrayed surrealist Salvador Dali in “Little Ashes,” which opens in March 2009.
Those roles, however, were overshadowed by Robert’s portrayal of Edward Cullen in “Twilight,” which, with a huge following already established by the novels, opened to huge box office numbers. Tons of Internet sites sprung up overnight and immediately, he became a household name.
- Name: Robert Pattinson
- Birthdate: May 13, 1986
- In 2004, Robert was cast in director Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair.” Although the scenes were deleted, they appeared on the DVD version.
Robert Pattinson was fired before the U.K. premiere of “The Woman Before” and replaced by Tom Riley.
Robert told People magazine on December 1, 2008, “Girls used to want to see guys take their shirts off. Now it’s, ‘I want you to bite me.’ It’s bizarre.”
Robert performed two songs on the soundtrack for the movie “Twilight.” The first, called “Never Think,” he co-wrote with Sam Bradley. The second was called “Let Me Sign.”
When cast as Cedric Diggory in 2005, Robert hadn’t read any of the Harry Potter books. However, he read the novel version of the movie in two days flat after that.