Many stars are now recognized for their beauty and talent, but few can claim to have had as profound an impact on popular culture as Robert Pattinson. Since making his acting debut in 2007’s the Twilight Saga, the British hunk has captivated audiences with his charm and charisma, leading to a thriving acting career that now finds him starring in major motion pictures and popular television shows around the world. Here, we’ll discuss Pattinson’s remarkable career so far in the spotlight.

Robert Pattinson: A Rising Star

While many might claim that the 2000s were the heyday of the vampire film, it was actually the 2010s that saw the bloodsucker make a dramatic resurgence, with a number of hit movies and television shows featuring the dark creatures. It was in these years that Robert Pattinson made his name, starring in films like Burnt and The Twilight Saga, the latter of which became one of the highest-grossing box office phenomena of all time, amassing a whopping $14.6 billion worldwide.

Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen in the Twilight films is arguably one of the reasons behind the bloodsucker’s popularity in the 2010s. The British actor drew on his own personal experiences to create an empathetic character on screen — a stark contrast to the bloodthirsty creatures he typically plays — making it easier for audiences to identify with him. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s confined his career to playing vampires — far from it, in fact. He’s starred in some of the most commercially successful films of the last decade, becoming one of Britain’s biggest exports, and proved that he’s more than capable of playing more than one role. In 2016, he starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Beautiful Bones, which was named one of the Best Movies of the Year by The Independent.

Pattinson’s Career Is Respected

Not only has Robert Pattinson become one of Britain’s most beloved exports, but he’s also one of the most respected actors of his generation. Numerous critics’ and fans’ ballots have recognized his work, with him earning nods from critics groups and fans alike for his performances in Burnt, The Twilight Saga, and The Lost City of Z. Even his detractors admit that he’s extremely talented and likable, though some believe his movie career to be just a fluke.

While he’s consistently delivered acclaimed performances, it’s his work in independent films that has truly established him as an upcoming star to watch. In 2009, he made his directorial debut with the film Rehab, a critically acclaimed comedy about three friends who head off for a summer of partying in the Mediterranean — only to face a series of mishaps and misadventures. His performance as Jim Carrey, one of the film’s comedic anti-heroes, was hailed as one of the best in recent memory, and he followed that up with another acclaimed comedy, 2012’s The Danish Girl, portraying the titular character’s life before and after World War I. In 2014, he returned to acting, this time starring in the historical drama The Lost City of Z, based on the true story of author Zane Gray’s (original novels) epic, 1916 to 1925 search for the origin of the Amazon. Though the film wasn’t well-received by audiences, it’s established Pattinson as a serious actor interested in tackling more ambitious projects.

He’s Also Got A Fashion Line

While he’s primarily known for his acting career, Robert Pattinson is also a notable figure in the fashion world, partnering with luxury brand Burberry to design a capsule collection, and fronting his own line of accessories and apparel. He designed a capsule collection in collaboration with Burberry in 2015, and since then, he’s released a series of stylish looks for men and women, all of which have become instant style staples. Most notably, he designed a limited-edition collection in collaboration with British luxury fashion brand Burberry in 2019, that included a striking yellow floral print.

If you’re a fashion fan, you no doubt know who Robert Pattinson is and what he’s been up to — as well as what he’s planned for the future. He’s still relatively unknown to the casual moviegoer, so it’s a shame that his schedule is so packed already, but things will surely change in the coming years. For now, we’ll have to be content to gaze upon his glamorous Instagram photos from time to time and dream of the day that we can see him on the big screen in a movie we’ve never heard of.