You might know British actor Robert Pattinson from his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies or his iconic turn as the Dark Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. If not, here’s a quick crash course on the man. He was born on October 20th, 1985 in London, England. He’s been married to actress and singer Kate Bosworth since January 2013. Most recently, he was featured on the Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2019. Here’s a short bio on the talented star.

Early Life And Career

As a child, Robert Pattinson dreamed of being a professional racing driver. He enrolled in several driving schools but quickly realized his dream wasn’t going to happen. Instead, he chose to pursue a career in acting. He started out as an extra in British films before landing several lead roles in independent films. In 2007, he landed the role of “Charlie” in the film, Walking with Lions, which led to him being cast in the Harry Potter series. Since then, he’s appeared in major films like Justice League, Slow Mo Videos, and the upcoming Black Widow. He also appeared in The Lighthouse, a Disney+ series based on the H.P. Lovecraft tale. Most recently, he starred in the fantasy-adventure film, Avalon, which is now available to stream on Netflix. It was created by Michael Scott and Ridley Scott, the guys behind the classics Alien and Blade Runner. This is the story of Kay, a young woman who teams up with a mercenary group to save her kidnapped nephew in the midst of a Viking invasion.

Personal Life

Besides his professional accomplishments, Robert Pattinson is also a renowned philanthropist. He partnered with the Born This Way Foundation to create a £1 million ($1.35 million) grant to fund arts and music programs for disadvantaged teens. In 2018, he made headlines when he revealed he’d been diagnosed with eczema, an allergic reaction that causes itchy, dry skin. He’s also a proud advocate of armpit hair, often asking people to ‘goatee’ his armpits (a look he’s often credited with ‘inventing’ although he really did just borrow the style from Futurama character Marvin the Martian).

Many have speculated that Robert Pattinson is the love child of Hollywood royalty. If so, he’s certainly inherited their good looks. What’s more is he apparently has talent as well. Those lucky enough to know him say he’s sweet and kind, not to mention a bit of a romantic. While the marriage to Kate Bosworth might not seem like it at first glance, the two have been happily married for over a decade and are now the proud parents of two children, Flora and Uma.