Actor James Pattinson has been in the limelight for quite some time now. He rose to fame after landing the role of Christian Grey in the bestselling erotic romance novel trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey. Since fans of the books rushed to meet his character, Grey, Pattinson has been appearing in many film and TV projects. Here’s a roundup of his film career to date.


Theatre is one of Pattinson’s specialties. He began his career in 2011 with the London premiere of Private Lives. The following year he was seen in the title role in Hamlet at the Royal Court Theatre. More recently, he appeared as Eddie in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Lyceum Theatre in London. He is set to return to the stage in the fall of 2017 for a production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which is currently booking in London’s West End.


Pattinson made his film debut in 2011 in Private Lives, a comedy directed by Marc Munden. The following year he starred in Jackie, a WWII drama directed by Ian McEwan, and The Impossible (2012 film), a retelling of the 1955 science fiction film of the same name. In 2013, he starred in the British comedy-drama Happy Valley, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also starred in the drama Bel Ami, which opened the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier this year, his performance in the dark comedy Sightseers won him a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in a British Film. There’s more on his upcoming schedule, including an appearance in the upcoming Wonderstruck and the limited TV release of Black Mirror.


Pattinson first appeared on television in the title role of Robin Hood, a series that aired in 2010. A year later, he starred in The Last Enemy, the final season of the long-running BBC series Sherlock Holmes. In 2013, he starred as John Watson in the new series The Final Act, which premiered on BBC America. He also starred in the miniseries The Crimson Curtain as the young Henry VIII, which aired on PBS in the U.S. in 2016.

Pattinson is set to star in a new adaptation of Le Morte d’Arthur, a 15th-century French-English verse drama by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The mini-series is set to air on PBS in the U.S. in the fall of 2017.

There’s a lot more on the actor’s itinerary beyond what we’ve covered here. He has an upcoming role in the thriller Wonderstruck, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. He will also star in the upcoming British romantic comedy No Offence and is currently filming the indie romance Something Better. He is represented by the United Agents agency.