Robert Pattinson is a famous English actor, and Twilight's favorite character, vampire Edward Cullen. The 33-year old actor is a talented role player with the rare ability to transform every fictional character he is given into a lively, and almost-real personality. This explains why his fans are always glued to the screen whenever he is acting.
Born on May 13, 1986, in London, England, actor Robert Pattinson first made an impression with audiences when he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Later, he was cast as vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight, a role that catapulted him to a famous status among fans.
In addition to his breakthrough success in Twilight sequels, he has also been featured in other notable films, including Remember Me, Cosmopolis, Water for Elephants, as well as The Lost City of Z. Most recently, in 2019, he was among those selected to play the Caped Crusader in the upcoming The Batman.
- Name: Robert Thomas Pattinson
- Date of birth: May 13, 1986.
- Age: 33 years
- Place of birth: London, England.
- Nationality: British
- Profession: Actor
Robert Pattinson age and early life
The prolific actor was born 33 years ago in London. His date of birth is given as May 13, 1986. He is the youngest child and only son born to Robert and Clare Pattinson. He has 2 elder sisters. His dad owned a car-importing business, whereas his mother worked for a modeling agency in his childhood.
Despite having shy tendencies, the actor figured early enough that he would become a performer. At first, he considered venturing into music and become like his older sister Lizzy. However, his father encouraged him to try his hand in acting.
His father, after an encounter with a group of young girls who told Pattinson they'd just returned from the Barnes Theatre Club, pushed him to attend the renowned program at the Harrodian School, located outside London. While Robert did not give in at first, he ended up attending the school as a teenager and managed to star in different roles in plays such as Out Town, Anything Goes, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
Robert Pattinson movies
The talented actor has featured in various movies throughout his acting career. Some of these include:
- Ring of the Nibelungs and Vanity Fair
At the age of 17 years, Pattinson's stellar performance were noticed when in 2003, he moved from stage acting to the screen, taking up a role in the TV movie Ring of the Nibelungs. He was required to relocate to South Africa for several months since that was the movie's filming location. He also got an unaccredited role in a 2004 movie, Vanity Fair.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Still in his early career roles, at around a similar period he was winding up with the first 2 projects, the actor met Mike Newell, the director of 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This meeting was followed by a subsequent audition that led to him securing a role as Cedric Diggory, Harry Potter's friend and a fellow wizard.
His participation in the movie was a major stepping stone for his career life as it propelled him forward in ways he could not have imagined. He was even described as "the next Jude Law" by Teen People. Screen International magazine tagged him as a "British Star of Tomorrow."
- The Haunted Airman and The Bad Mother's Handbook
In line with his post-Potter plan, the actor went on to take smaller roles in different plays and films to allow him to explore unique characters. This explains how he got to play a shell-shocked World War II veteran in 2005's The Haunted Airman, a BBC thriller.
He also played a student with a teacher crush in The Bad Mother's Handbook in 2006, not to mention that he made a small cameo as Diggory in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007. Even though good things happened to him, he did not escape a bit of hit as he was also fired from a play in London. Within no time, he was in Los Angeles sleeping on his agent's couch, trying to figure out his next step.
- Playing Edward Cullen in Twilight
The actor may have been on the downside until the Robert Pattinson Twilight opportunity came up. He auditioned to the role of Edward Cullen, a century-old vampire in love, in the bedroom of the movie's director, Catherine Hardwicke. Fortunately for him, he was able to impress both Hardwicke and his future co-star, Kristen Stewart, with his stellar performance. In a statement, Stewart reported that Robert knew what the role was about.
"Everybody came in doing something empty and shallow and thoughtless, but Rob understood that it wasn't a frivolous role.
Despite acing his auditions, fans were not thrilled with his acting at first since he did not portray the real vampire by being a perfectly gorgeous Cullen. After a boycott attempt and 75,000 fans signing a petition asking he be removed from the cast, Pattinson knew that he had to step up and redeem himself. He took in the criticism in stride.
"They had this picture from a Viking film [I did]."I looked like somebody beat me in the face. I was wearing this disgusting wig, and they were like, 'This is Edward.'"
Pattinson embarked on living up to his fans' expectations by immersing himself into his character. He showed up in Oregon, one of the series filming locations, months in advance of the shooting to work out with a trainer, as well as dissect the script from Twilight's author, Stephenie Meyer.
At the end of it all, his hard work paid off. The movie's first weekend was a success with box office receipts totaling nearly $70 million. Its leading man, Robert, became one of the most adored actors among his fans. The film also showed his musical side as the Twilight soundtrack includes two of his songs.
- Little Ashes and Twilight sequels
His Twilight success came with more roles for him. In 2008 he was part of the actors who starred in the movie Little Ashes. He got a meaty role as a young Salvador Dalí. He got to reunite with his Twilight cast for New Moon in 2009, as well as in three more films, namely 2010's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and parts 1 and 2 of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
- Remember Me, Water for Elephants, and Cosmopolis
In between filming the Twilight series', Pattinson also worked on a few notable films. First on the list is 2010's Remember Me, as well as 2011's Water for Elephants. In 2012, he worked on one of his most challenging roles where he had to play a young billionaire, Eric Packer in the drama Cosmopolis. Fortunately for his, he was able to pull through successfully. The film, directed by David Cronenberg, and starred the likes of Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, and Paul Giamatti.
- The Rover, Maps to the Stars, The Lost City of Z, and Good Time
As his fame settled from Twilight's sensational acting, Robert continued to work hard and root his position in the industry. In 2014, together with Guy Pierce, he was a cast in Australian dystopian drama, The Rover. This followed his other role as a limo driver in Cronenberg's Maps of the Stars in 2014.
He also landed another supporting role as the explorer Henry Costin in the biographical adventure, The Lost City of Z in 2017. This came before he starred as a bank robber in the indie crime drama Good Time in the same year.
- Damsel, The Lighthouse, and The King
Just because he had been in several major films, Pattinson did not stop seeking out smaller, character-driven projects. In 2018, he co-starred in the western comedy Damsel, with Mia Wasikowska. He was also in sci-fi feature, High Life, with Binoche. Not settling, in 2019, together with Willem Dafoe, he was part of a well-regarded psychological horror flick, The Lighthouse. He also enjoyed a prominent role in The King, a movie based on the historical works of William Shakespeare.
- Selection to Play Batman
His most recent achievement was marked on May 31, 2019, when it was confirmed that he was selected to star as the new Caped Crusader in The Batman, whose release date is scheduled for June 2021. It would be interesting to see Robert Pattinson Batman character in action. We can tell that it will be phenomenal.
Robert Pattinson wife
Away from his acting and successful career, fans are wondering if there is someone special in his life. Who is Robert Pattinson dating? Is he even married? While it is not clear whether or not he is married, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were a couple for a very long time.
Kristen confirmed that she would have accepted his proposal, and probably would be married to him had he proposed to her. She revealed that he was her first love and continued to call him the best. The two met while working on the Twilight series, and dated for quite sometime before breaking up.
Robert Pattinson net worth
As an established actor, it is not surprising that he amassed a considerable net worth value. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Robert is worth $100 million and has an annual salary of $25 million. This impressive figure has been contributed to by the numerous films he has been part of over the years.
Despite being a great actor, Robert Pattinson is also strikingly handsome. He was named one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2008, and made it to GQ as Britain's "Best Dressed Man" of 2010. With such descriptions adding to his exceptional acting skills, it is not surprising that he continues to be a household name to date.