Robert Pattinson. biography
Born May 13, 1986 in London, England, Robert Pattinson's acting talent originated at an early age when he started his first acting classes in high school. He first gained recognition when he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but became a full-blown star for his portrayal of the charming vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga. In addition to his acting abilities, Robert's musical side has allowed him to collaborate on the Twilight soundtrack as well as the soundtrack for his 2008 film, How to Be. Outside of the Twilight saga, Robert has also been highly praised by the public and critics for his roles in Remember Me (2010), Water for Elephants (2011), and Cosmopolis (2012).
Raised in London, England, as the youngest of three children and the only son, Robert developed a shy personality between his two out-going siblings. His father, Robert Pattinson, ran a car-importing business while his mother, Clare Pattinson, worked for a modeling agency. Robert was destined to perform from a young age, following the musical steps put worth by his older sister Lizzy Pattinson, the musician of the family, but was encouraged by his dad to pursue acting. When they both went out to dinner one night, they sat next to a group of girls who turned to Robert and told him they had just returned from the Barnes Theater Club, a prestigious program at the private school, Harrodian School, located in Barnes, England. In an interview, his father commented on the encounter, saying:
"Since then, he had nagged me about attending," Pattinson once said. "At one point he said he would pay me." Although his father laughed at the idea of a payment plan, Robert ended up attending Harrodian and immediately joined its theater program. Once he established his undoubted talent, Robert earned and starred as a lead player in plays like Out Town, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Anything Goes.
Robert's acting intelligence made it difficult for the entertainment business to overlook, and at the age of 17, Robert acquired his first role in the TV movie, Ring of the Nibelungs (2003) followed by a small role in Vanity Affair (2004). After meeting and auditioning for Mike Newell, the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Robert successfully secured the role of Cedric Diggory, Harry Potter's friend and fellow wizard. A more than successful movie and performance launched Robert's career to levels most find simply impossible. When Teen People magazine called him "the next Jude Law" and Screen International magazine labeled him a "British Star of Tomorrow," Robert admitted it went straight to his head. But with quick success comes an unstable future, as Robert soon learned. He landed smaller roles, including a World War II veteran in the BBC thriller The Haunted Airman (2005); a student with a teacher crush in The Bad Mother's Handbook (2006); and did a small cameo as Diggory in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) but he ultimately found himself back in Los Angeles, sleeping on his agent's couch.
After auditioning and wowing Twilight's director Catherine Hardwicke and his soon to be co-star Kristen Stewart, Robert earned the role of Edward Cullen. Based on the book series by Stephanie Meyers, Twilight already had an established fan base that was anxiously waiting for the premiere. In the first weekend, the movie earned more than $70 million and Robert was instantly established as a heartthrob. Success continued with New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, parts 1 and 2. In between filming the Twilight series' later productions, Robert starred in Water for Elephants (2011), alongside Reese Witherspoon, and Cosmopolis (2012) as young billionaire Eric Parker.
Robert Pattinson Girlfriend & Dating History
2003 - 2006
Robert dated his Harrodian School classmate, Nina Schubert for three years. They reportedly lived together before breaking up in 2006.
Robert dated his Twilight co-star Nikki Reed for a few months 2009 before ending the relationship to be with Twilight lead Kristen Stewart. Kristen then ended her relationship with long time beau Michael Angarrano to be with Robert. Following the breakup between Robert and Nikki, the Twilight set was extremely awkward and tense.
June 2009 - July 2012
After meeting on the set of Twilight, rumors of Robert and Kristen's intensifying relationship started to bubble but were never confirmed. They finally professed their love for each other in 2010 and many perceived them as the perfect couple. In July 2012, Kristen broke Robert's heart by cheating with married director Rupert Sanders.