Robert Thomas-Pattinson (born May 13, 1986) is an English actor, model, and musician, whose breakthrough to stardom is for his role as Edward Cullen in the film adaptation of the bestselling book Twilight, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer. He also played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Pattison’s first television gig was a supporting role in the telemovie “Ring of the Nibelungs” in 2004, and in director Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted, and only appear on the DVD version. In May 2005 he was slated to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre, but was fired shortly before the opening night and was replaced by Tom Riley.
Later that year he played Cedric Diggory in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Consequently, he was named that year’s British Star of Tomorrow by Times Online. He also has more than once been touted as the next Jude Law.
Pattinson appeared in the advertising campaign for Hackett’s Autumn 2007 collection. Pattinson plays Edward Cullen in the movie Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name, which was released on November 21, 2008 in North America. According to TV Guide, Pattinson was initially apprehensive about auditioning for the role of Edward Cullen, fearful that he wouldn’t be able to live up to the “perfection” expected from the character.
He has lead roles in the the forthcoming feature films Little Ashes, in which he plays Salvador Dalí, How To Be, a British comedy, and the short film The Summerhouse. In January he will begin filming a project called Parts Per Billion, which he calls “one of the most lyrical scripts that I have ever read in my life”.
After the success of Twilight, Pattison received a number of offers from Hollywood including the role of Gambit in the next X-Men movie but he declined because his priority is the sequel to Twilight called “New Moon.”