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Born: May 13, 1986
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
British actor Robert Pattinson was born on May 13,1986 in London, England. He modeled for a few years in his teens before he became involved in amateur theater, which led to him trying to find roles in film. Pattinson is well known for his role as vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga.
His first roles include a TV movie Curse of the Ring and an uncredited role in Vanity Fair, both in 2004. His next role is one of his most famous. Pattinson portrayed Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which came out in 2005. The Harry Potter franchise is extremely popular worldwide and gained attention for Pattinson.
After Harry Potter, Pattinson did two TV movies in the U.K.: The Haunted Airman (2006) and The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007) with comedian/actress Catherine Tate.
2008 was a big year for Pattinson. He starred in the first Twilight movie, as well as drama How to Be, and Little Ashes, in which he portrayed painter Salvador Dali. Pattinson co-wrote and performed "Never Think,“ and sang "Let Me Sign" for the Twilight soundtrack. He also sang two songs on the How to Be soundtrack: "Choking on Dust" and "I'm Doing Fine."
The second in the Twilight franchise, Twilight: New Moon came out in 2009, while the third Twilight: Eclipse was released in 2010. Pattinson tried something new with 2010’s Remember Me. He starred in the film and served as an executive producer.
2011 brought another Twilight film for Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 . He also starred in a film adaptation of the romantic drama Water for Elephants. Two dramas, Bel Ami and Cosmopolis were released in 2012, with the last Twilight movie slated for a November 2012 release.
Pattinson has received multiple awards including: the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor - Drama for Water for Elephants in 2011 and the MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance in 2010 and 2011 for his role in two Twilight movies. He has also won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Kristen Stewart) from 2009-2012 for the first four Twilight films. Not all of his work has gained praise though, as he was also been nominated for multiple Razzie Awards.
Many view Pattinson as a heartthrob and an influential actor. He was featured in People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive" issue in 2008 and 2009. He was also featured in Time magazine’s 2010's 100 Most Influential People in The World. In 2012 he was named GQ’s "Best Dressed Man" of the year. Glamour UK named him the “Sexiest Man Alive" in 2012 for the fourth consecutive year.
Pattinson dated his Twilight costar Kristen Stewart. For years the two did not confirm their relationship. When cheating allegations were made against Stewart, her and Pattinson's relationship began to unravel and they broke up.
Pattinson can be seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 released on November 16, 2012. There are several upcoming projects which Pattinson is attached to, including thriller Mission: Blacklist, drama The Rover, thriller Hold on to Me, drama Queen of the Desert and drama Maps to the Stars.