Robert Pattinson is one of the most popular actors of the moment. Since his breakthrough role in the 2012 film Love, he has been regularly appearing in high-profile blockbusters, such as Twilight Saga, The King’s Speech, and the upcoming The Lost Boys. The 27-year-old British actor is best known for portraying the character of Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movie series and for his portrayal of the sullen teenager Quilter Crisp in the 2010 British dark comedy film, How to Be a Man.
Since 2015, Pattinson has been romantically linked to his Wonder Woman co-star, Gal Gadot. The actor has two children with his first wife, FKA Twigs. However, in early 2018, he revealed that he had gotten into an argument with his wife about the future of their family, and he subsequently filed for divorce. In response, Twigs filed a protective order against her husband, and he was forced to reveal that they have a third child together, a daughter born in 2016.
Although Pattinson has enjoyed a high profile in recent years, he still considers himself a “nobody.” As he told Vanity Fair in an interview published in June 2018, “I’ll always be a nobody. I’ll always be in the shadows of people who are successful and famous. I’ll never, ever be able to walk down the street and have people shout my name.”
While the actor may not see himself as famous or successful, his life-size stand-up figurine, which was gifted to him by artist Eric Gilliland and auctioned off to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust, aims to change all that. The impressive display of solidarity came just as news broke of Pattinson’s split from his wife and mother of his children. In an effort to support the actor’s newfound single status and to commemorate the end of his relationship with Twigs, fans have come together to create a gallery of portraits and illustrations of the Twilight heartthrob, from which Gilliland and Sotheby’s have compiled an oral history of his life.
An Oral History Of Robert Pattinson’s Life
In May 2018, news broke that Pattinson had filed for divorce from FKA Twigs. A month later, he began dating British singer and songwriter, Priya Kahlon, which sparked rumors that the pair may have been romantically involved for some time. The relationship only intensified in June when the actor and singer were spotted attending a celebrity-studded celebration dinner in London, England, to honor Prince Harry’s 25th birthday.
The split with Twigs was amicable, with both parties agreeing that they would remain friends. However, the circumstances surrounding the end of their marriage were less than ideal. In response to an inquiry by Vanity Fair, a representative for the actor stated, “Rob and FKA have agreed to put the needs of their co-parenting daughters first and that’s all I can say.”
A Brief History Of Pattinson’s Life
Pattinson was born in London, England, on September 16, 1992. His father is the producer, Peter Pattinson, and his mother is the actress, Vanessa Bryant. His older sister is Stella, who also acts and models. At the age of six, he moved to Los Angeles with his family where his father was shooting the Twilight films in Spring 2009. Since then, he has attended various schools, including Santa Monica College, where he studied media production and cinema. He later transferred to New York University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2014.
Pattinson began his acting career in 2010, appearing in the British TV series, Skins, and the Irish horror film, Sorority Row. His performance in the latter earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. He then portrayed the role of Quilter Crisp in the 2010 British dark comedy, How to Be a Man, which led to further film and television roles. In 2016, he landed the lead role in the vampire drama, Twilight, based on the bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyer. It was a huge critical and commercial success, becoming the most popular film of the year and grossing over $500 million at the box office. Since then, Pattinson has starred in numerous other projects, including the upcoming The King’s Speech, in which he portrays the ill-fated King George VI. In 2018, he was honored with a place on Vanity Fair’s List of the Most Influential Men of 2018.
Gifted By Eric Gilliland
In December 2017, Pattinson was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Leicester. A month later, he was presented with a bronze statue by the university’s Chancellor, Professor Leszek Kowalczyk, for his services to drama. For his part in promoting education and awareness of mental health issues, Pattinson was deeply moved and honored.
A Commemorative Portrait
To mark the end of his time with Twigs, Pattinson was given a life-size stand-up figurine, aptly named Cedi, by artist Eric Gilliland. As a gesture of goodwill, Gilliland had created a portrait of the actor, which he called “an oral history of his life.” Gilliland worked on the figure from April to early May 2018 and then took time off to recuperate. The initiative was supported by Sotheby’s and the Teenage Cancer Trust, with the proceeds of the sale of the figure going toward the latter cause.
As an A-list celebrity, Pattinson attracts a devoted fan base, which has spearheaded the creation of a Cedi Webstore, from which fans can purchase autographed merchandise. The collection of portraits and illustrations of the British heartthrob was exhibited in London in June 2018 as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale and Auction. The exhibition was curated by Sotheby’s senior vice president, Adam Leckinson, and his team. Before the exhibition, Leckinson said, “Pattinson is without question, one of the most talented and interesting contemporary artists working in the field today. We are absolutely thrilled to be showing his work alongside some of the great historical pieces featured in this year’s auction.”
Key Facts About Robert Pattinson
·He was born in London, England, on September 16, 1992.
·His mother is the actress, Vanessa Bryant, and his father is the producer, Peter Pattinson.
·He has two older sisters, Stella and Tanekia.
·He attended various schools, including Santa Monica College, where he studied media production and cinema.
·He is fluent in English, French, and Italian.
·He enjoys scuba diving, reading, and drawing.
Based on the outpouring of love for the actor, one woman took it upon herself to give Pattinson a Valentine’s Day gift that will endure for the rest of his life. The designer, Sophie Theal, created a gown in the shape of a heart for the actor to wear at the 2018 Golden Globes, which he gratefully accepted. The designer also created a matching golden heart pendant for him to wear.
Since debuting in 2014, the singer-songwriter, Priya Kahlon, has spent most of her time in the studio writing and recording music. She has two EPs, which she released last year, and a debut album, due out in the spring of 2020. Kahlon has collaborated with some of music’s biggest names, including Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, and BTS.
Gifted by artist Eric Gilliland, with the support of Sotheby’s and the Teenage Cancer Trust, fans have brought together a collection of portraits and illustrations of the British heartthrob. An oral history of his life, the figurine is accompanied by a hand-written account detailing the circumstances surrounding the creation of this stunning artwork. The collector’s piece includes a plaque inscribed with the name “Rob” and “Cedi” and an inscription detailing the history of the piece. Although Pattinson may feel like a “nobody,” his admirers assure him that he is indeed a celebrity.