If you’re on the hunt for information on Robert Pattinson, you’ve probably come across one of the famous English actor’s many aliases. Since breaking out as the leading man in the 2012 movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the 32-year-old’s work has been spread across several continents, with filming locations in London, Los Angeles, and Singapore. Now that the final installment in the vampire saga is in theaters, it’s time to reveal the complete truth about one of Hollywood’s most respected and admired stars.
Robert Henry Pattinson was born in London, England on December 21, 1985. He is the only son of film producer Stephen Pattinson and actress Katy Gardner. His maternal grandparents are English novelist Graham Greene and artist Sylvia Townsend Warner. As a child, Pattinson attended Ludgrove School in England before moving to the United States to study at the Los Angeles-based Center for Creative Studies (C.C.S.). In 2008, he relocated to Singapore to further his studies at the International Business School. While in London, he lived at 4 Carlton Gardens, off Carlton Gardens Terrace in Belgravia, where he was a frequent visitor to the exclusive 100 Club.
After dropping out of university to pursue a career in acting, Pattinson’s first major role was as Bertie Wooster in the 2013 Broadway revival of “The Sun Also Rises” alongside Mark Ruffalo. The following year, he featured in the second season of the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle” and played the lead in the film adaptation of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” In early 2016, he began shooting the Netflix series “The Defenders” in New York City. Later that year, he took on the role of James Bond in the 23rd James Bond movie, “Spectre” (titled “Bond 25” in the United Kingdom), which was released on November 6, 2016. Two months later, he starred in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip,” about three travelers who team up to travel around England collecting photographs for a scrapbook.
Pattinson dated English actress Emma Watson in the late aughts before they broke up. He later dated Japanese-American fashion designer Maria Koikova for several years before marrying his long-time girlfriend Suki Waterhouse in 2014. The couple wed at an intimate ceremony at London’s Kensington Palace in July 2014. They have two children together named Apple and Bobbi. He is also the godfather to Waterhouse’s son, Tiler, from her previous relationship with British actor/writer Bill Milner. In 2017, he opened up about his family life, saying that being a dad was “the most amazing thing” and that he looked forward to spending more time with his children.
Besides being named after the fruit, Pattinson is often associated with the “boy next door” look. The actor has been candid about his love for hip hop music and has cited Childish Gambino and Future as two of his favorite artists. He often dresses in simple, unfussy clothes that flattered his athletic frame. In 2015, he confessed that he was a big fan of designer Marc Jacobs and frequently wore his products. The following year, he was named one of the “most stylish men in Hollywood” by Marie Claire.
In the News
Since breaking out in 2012, Pattinson has frequently been in the news, from attending the 2013 Academy Awards as a guest of Emma Watson to being named on the Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world. Last year, he was reportedly paid £500,000 (approximately $1.2 million) for his role in the Stephen King movie “The Dark Towers.” The English actor is also a staunch supporter of various humanitarian and animal rights organizations. He has previously worked with World Vision and has spoken out about his support for PETA. In 2017, he was honored with the Variety Vanguard Award at the Golden Globes for his “outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry as a leading man, activist, and humanitarian.”
Pattinson’s Wikipedia page was first posted online on December 6, 2012. The site’s administrators occasionally remove information about the actor, only to have it reappear later. The most recent edition of the page removed his birth date, photo, and location until December 18, 2018 when they were restored. All of the information regarding his education, career, and family is still available. Currently, his Wikipedia page contains 14,500 words and is valued at over $18,000.
Some fans of the actor have speculated that behind the site’s sporadic censorship lies a deliberate attempt at protecting his privacy. In December 2018, TMZ posted a report citing multiple sources saying that Google and Wikipedia were aware of a conspiracy by “sources within the industry” to “hinder his search engine ranking and pageviews” for a variety of movies and TV projects. The report also stated that a team of five people was responsible for “checking, editing, and occasionally removing” information about the actor from Wikipedia. The site administrators denied the claims, but did not respond to further questions regarding the incident.
While some may try to keep information about their famous subject secret, Wikipedia acknowledges that it’s a common practice for stars to try and keep their personal lives as private as possible, so it’s not always easy for fans to find the information they need. In an effort to expand its audience in the Asian region and increase its revenue, the English-based site has been forced to take a more pragmatic approach, prioritizing ad revenue over privacy concerns. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll continue to monitor this story as it develops.