Popular British actor Robert Pattinson, born on May 13, 1986, has gained massive popularity from his starring role in the teen-vampire movie franchise “Twilight.” And now, with his lead role in the new “Batman” movie, he is certainly not looking back as he climbs the popularity charts. Having won numerous awards for his performances, Pattinson has also acted in several smaller off-beat movies, which have been met with critical acclaim. Additionally, he is a musician and is known for his philanthropic work. Let us celebrate his birthday with exciting insights into his life right here.
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson
May 13, 1986
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Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, born on May 13, 1986, in London, England. He is the son of Richard Pattinson, a vintage car dealer, and Claire, a modeling agency scout. Pattison has two older sisters. He grew up in London and attended the Tower House School. Later, he completed his schooling at The Harrodian School. From an early age, Pattinson learned to play the piano and guitar. When he was just 12 years old, he began to model for British fashion brands and magazines. Initially, he considered becoming a musician and also performed at open mic events around London by himself and sometimes with his band, Bad Girls. When he was 13, he joined a theater group at the insistence of his father and over the years, began to perform in stage roles. In 2004, he starred in supporting roles in the German made-for-television film “Ring of the Nibelungs,” followed by an uncredited appearance in Meera Nair’s “Vanity Fair.”
With his role as Cedric Diggory in the fifth Harry Potter movie — “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” — Pattinson came under the spotlight. The role earned him a place among the 2005 ‘British Stars of Tomorrow’ by “The Times.” He followed this up with roles in “The Haunted Airman” and “The Bad Mother’s Handbook.” In 2008, Pattinson received widespread popularity with his breakout role as the vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” movie. The same year, he also acted in the comedy “How to Be,” winning the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the Strasbourg Film Festival, and starred as Salvador Dali in the movie “Little Ashes.” Then, in 2009, he reprised his role of Edward Cullen in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which catapulted him to global stardom. His strong performance and the blockbuster opening of the movie made him one of the highest-paid actors and he was named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by “Glamour UK.” In 2010 came the third film of the franchise, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” The same year, he also produced and starred in the movie “Remember Me,” receiving praise from critics. He was named among the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’’ by “Time.”
The following year, he starred in the movie adaptation “Water for Elephants,” followed by his return to the “Twilight” series with the release of the fourth film — “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.” This was followed by a 2012 movie, “Bel Ami,” which premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, and the movie “Cosmopolis,” which also earned much acclaim.
Returning one last time to the Twilight series, Pattinson starred in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” which became the highest-grossing movie of the series. Thereafter, he turned to art-house movies, first starring in the 2014-movie “The Rover” — a futuristic western. The same year, he also starred in the satire “Maps to the Stars,” and both movies premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2015, his movies “Queen of the Desert” and “Life” premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. His intense performances in the 2016 movie “The Lost City of Z,” the 2017 crime thriller “Good Time,” and the 2018 comedy “Damsel” earned him high praise from critics. Then, in 2019, he went on to star in the black-and-white thriller “Lighthouse” alongside Willem Defoe, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed this up with roles in “The King” and “Waiting for the Barbarians” — both of which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. Marking his return to big-budget movies, Pattinson then appeared in Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction movie “Tenet.” Director Matt Reeves then cast Pattinson as Batman for the 2022 movie “The Batman,” and the movie has gone on to become one of the biggest box office hits of the year to date.
Pattinson has also been in the news for his high-profile relationship with “Twilight” co-star Kirsten Stewart. After they separated, Pattinson began dating singer FKA Twigs and even got engaged. They parted ways four years later, and since 2018, Pattinson has been dating English model, Suki Waterhouse. He has also often addressed his battles with anxiety and aversion to media attention.
His first major movie role is as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Pattinson’s breakout role as Edward Cullen in the movie propels him to overnight stardom.
For his portrayal of a young man undergoing a quarter-life crisis in the comedy “How to Be,” Pattinson wins the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the Strasbourg Film Festival.
Starring in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” Pattinson makes one last appearance as the vampire in the popular film franchise.
He plays a spy handler in the 2019 science-fiction action movie.
Making his superhero debut, Pattinson stars in “The Batman,” which becomes a massive hit.
Why We Love Robert Pattinson
He is Edward Cullen
One of the main reasons everyone loves Pattinson is for his portrayal of Edward Cullen. His intense performance as a vampire struggling between his love and the need to protect his loved ones made him an instant star.
He is humble
From public appearances and media interviews, Pattinson comes across as a genuinely humble and polite individual. He has never let his stardom get to him and is always friendly to those around him.
He is just a regular guy
Pattinson is often seen as a guy-next-door in his personal life, going about his chores himself, instead of assigning them to an assistant. He is spotted in flannel shirts, shops at vintage stores, and loves ice cream as much as the next person — all of which endear him to fans.
5 Surprising Facts
He was once expelled for stealing
When he was in school, Pattinson was expelled for stealing adult magazines and selling them to his classmates.
His sister auditioned for a reality show
Pattinson’s sister, Lizzy, was on the U.K. version of “The X-factor,” reaching the Top 6 in her category before being eliminated.
He wanted to be a rapper
When he was younger, Pattinson wanted to be a rapper and his stage name was ‘Big Tub.’
He has never been on television shows
While he is an extremely popular movie actor, Pattinson has never acted on any television show.
He can’t drive properly
In an interview, Pattinson admitted that while he can drive, he is not great at it and has trouble using the windshield wiper.
Robert Pattinson FAQs
How much did Edward make from “Twilight?”
Pattinson reportedly took home a cool $2.5 million for the first “Twilight” film in salary and bonuses. He reportedly got a big pay bump for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” giving him a salary plus box office bonuses for a total of about $12 million.
How much did Robert Pattison make from “The Batman?”
According to “Variety’s” list of highest-paid movie stars in 2021, the actor earned just $3 million upfront for the role
Did Robert Pattinson get jacked for “The Batman?”
He said that after six weeks of training, he started to enjoy getting in shape for “The Batman.” He also did military-style workouts on the beach which involved doing cardio while holding a sandbag.
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