Pattinson is an English actor and film producer who gained international fame for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series. He has been cast in a variety of films roles since then, including in 2012’s highest-grossing domestic release, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and 2016’s biggest blockbusters, The Martian and Beauty and the Beast. In 2019, he starred in the multi-Academy Award-winning film Joker, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award.
Pattinson was born on August 28, 1986 in Twickenham, London, England, to Michael Pattinson and Shanna Crowe. He has an older sister, Sophie, and a younger brother, Charlie. When he was six years old, the family moved to St. Lucia, where he grew up. He went to school at St. John’s Preparatory School in North London and then to Highbury, a private school in London. In 2008, Pattinson began dating his now-wife, FKA Twigs, and they were engaged in 2014. They married in a private ceremony in 2015 and had their first child, a son named Léa, in April 2017.
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English literature in 2008, Pattinson made his film debut in the 2009 drama Nowhere in Africa, opposite Nicole Kidman and Robert Redford. The following year, he was cast in the romantic comedy Love Actually, which reunited him with his Twilight co-star Kate Winslet. The two played lovers who have to navigate the pitfalls of modern day dating, proving that even the most famous celebrity couples must go on mundane dates to make the media rounds.
In 2011, Pattinson was cast in his first major American leading role in the Warner Bros. fantasy adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. He played the vampire Edward Cullen, tasked with bringing Bella (the film’s protagonist) to immortality. Despite earning universal praise from critics and fans, the film underperformed at the box office, grossing just $75 million domestically against its $150 million budget. The following year, he starred in the action thriller The Runaways alongside Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson, based on the Marvel Comics’ character The Runaways.
In 2014, Pattinson was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, celebrating his 33rd birthday. He also played Cedric Diggory in the highly anticipated adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a spin-off of J.K. Rowling’s mega-hit Harry Potter series. The play opened to sold-out crowds across the world in 2016 and went on to become the third-highest-grossing play of all time, raking in $2 billion at the box office.
Pattinson is currently starring in the upcoming Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and based on the DC Comics character. The film follows the Clown Prince of Crime as he faces an existential crisis following a bizarre accident that grants him special powers. The actor will star alongside Robert De Niro, Jared Leto, and Frances McDormand. Joker is set to be released on October 4, 2019.
Since making his film debut in 2009, Pattinson has established himself as a leading man in the global film industry, quickly becoming one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. In 2019, Forbes estimated his net worth at around $150 million.
Pattinson’s career has been supported and enhanced by lucrative endorsement deals, spanning from fragrance to vodka. He is featured in commercials for Burberry, Dior, and Red Bull, and has starred in films that have been backed by big brands, such as the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron and the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales. In 2015, Forbes reported that he was paid a staggering $28 million for just three months of endorsement work.
Pattinson is rumoured to be the highest-paid actor in the world, commanding $100,000 per day for appearances as late as mid-September 2019.
While the specifics of Pattinson’s income are unknown, it’s safe to assume that his movies have performed well at the box office and that he’s managed to cash in on his popularity. In 2019 alone, Forbes placed his income at around $25 million, making him one of the highest-paid actors in the world. On January 1, 2020, the actor was again named one of the highest-paid actors in the world, this time raking in $26.5 million for starring in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie.
If you’re curious as to how much income one of the world’s most popular and wealthiest actors is raking in, check out these lists:
Top Earning Female Actors Worldwide
The highest-earning female actors based on annual earnings are:
- Katherine Winslet (UK)—$18 million
- Angelina Jolie (Malaysia/France)—$16 million
- Naomie Harris (UK)—$15 million
- Saoirse Ronan (UK)—$14 million
- Charlize Theron (UK/US)—$12 million
Top Earning Male Actors Worldwide
The highest-earning male actors based on annual earnings are: