Robert Pattison was born and raised in west London. His mother Clare worked for a modeling agency, and his father Richard ran a business importing veteran cars from the US. One day Robert met some pretty teenage girls at a hamburger cafe in Barnes town. The girls let on they were members of the local drama group. A little female encouragement was all Robert needed, as soon he’d joined the group himself. Robert started out as an assistant Stage Manager, but when given the chance, he took to treading the boards like a natural. Playing the scoundrel Alec in an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, he caught the attention of an acting agent. With the agent’s help Robert embarked on an acting career – his first professional part early in 2004 was in the made-for-TV film Ring of the Niberlungs, a fantasy Viking epic.
His breakout role came in 2005, in the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Robert put in a brilliant performance as the handsome Cedric Digory, a pupil in the year above Harry.
Robert’s movie career continued its stellar rise. He played the lead role in the small arthouse film How to Be, which was well received at several film festivals.
Late in 2007 Robert landed the role of Edward Cullen the vampire-with-a-conscience in the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The book’s fans were initially very negative about Pattinson’s casting, but settled down when they released he’d make the best-looking vampire ever to appear on celluloid. The movie was finally released late in 2008 to rave reviews and excited audiences.