This year has seen the actor’s career rise from strength to strength. Having made his name playing the tragic lover in one of the biggest films of all time, the Bourne Identity, the world now knows Pattinson as the bespoke English gentleman who stole the hearts of audience members and castmates alike as Mr Darcy in the latest adaptation of the beloved Pride and Prejudice.

With Vanity Fair’s Most Powerful Men in Hollywood issue hitting newsstands now, featuring the most interesting and influential men of this generation, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at the incredible trajectory of Robert Pattinson’s career.

From Bourne Identity To Pride And Prejudice

If you’ve seen just one of the many films featuring the incredible Tom Hardy, you’ll know exactly which one I’m talking about. Having taken on the role of the iconic Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Hardy exploded onto the scene with a vengeance, cementing his place as one of the most in-demand leading men in the business. While the actor has since featured in some fantastic films, it was his performance as the charismatic cult leader, Kevin Meaney, in the award-winning film, The Drop, that really put him front and centre, not to mention his astonishing turn as The Ripper in Christopher Nolan’s dark take on Jack the Ripper. The list of roles Hardy has since gone on to star in is incredible, boasting some of the biggest films of this generation, including Legend, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Revenant. A truly magnificent actor.

It’s fair to say the role of Sherlock Holmes has firmly put a toe in the water as far as the incredible Mr Hardy is concerned, and with the recent success of his Broadway show, the fact that he’s playing the detective in the film adaptation of Dodger (based on the popular cartoon) and the new season of Sherlock to look forward to, it’s fair to say that his career is in great, unprecedented shape.

As for Robert Pattinson, aside from playing a handful of iconic characters throughout his career, such as the dashing and doomed Cedric in the cult classic, 300, the brilliant and complex Doctor John Watson in the Bourne trilogy, or the tortured artist, Vincent van Gogh, in the critically acclaimed film, the Artist, his career has largely stalled, overshadowed by Tom Hardy’s extraordinary run of film successes.

Though he’s had starring roles in big-budgeted films such as the aforementioned The Artist, and the epic comedy, The Hunger Games, he’s largely remained anonymous, known only to a select group of fans, who’ve kept his incredible talents alive, by creating blogs and forums around the world, devoted to unearthing new information about the enigmatic English actor.

From Anonymous Stalls To The Biggest Film Of All Time

While Hardy’s career has rocketed forward since his turn in the 2011 hit, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Robert Pattinson has largely been left on the fringes of Hollywood, taking on small parts in TV movies and supporting roles in major films, such as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Lost City of Z. Despite the lack of high-profile assignments, it’s been a steady stream of work, with the 41-year-old appearing in no less than seven movies this year alone. A pretty average year for an actor of Robert Pattinson’s calibre. One that’s seen his profile spike, however, is the upcoming film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where he plays the title role, and will be accompanied by the legendary Akira Ifukube.

In 2019, the actor will celebrate ten years since his breakout role in the Bourne trilogy, and with one of the biggest films of all time, Black Friday, opening in the UK on Boxing Day, it’s the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with the remarkable life of Robert Pattinson.