British hunk Rob Pattinson was born Robert James Patterson on December 1, 1983 in London, England. He is the son of actors James and Kate, and has an elder brother William. His great-grandfather, Edward, was the creator of Edwardian fashion, and his grandmother is the late fashion designer and inventor Lady Victoria Cherrington. He had previously worked as a personal assistant to English film and television director James L. Brooks, and had modelled for Gucci. He recently finished a film titled Midnight Maker, and is reportedly in talks for a new film with New Regency Productions.
Early Life And Family
While growing up in London, England, Pattinson attended the independent Parkfield Community School. He then furthered his studies at the prestigious Highgate School in North London, where he was a contemporary of British royalty, socialites, and famous faces. After graduating from Highgate in 2001, he headed to New York City to pursue his acting career. There he worked as an assistant to Joel Coen, and modelled for Burberry, Gucci, and Versace. In 2004, he returned to London to star in several plays and musicals, including Once, Aida, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Pattinson’s Early Acting Career
After returning to London, Pattinson made his acting debut in the 2005 film adaptation of the award-winning historical novel The Young Widow, which was directed by Peter Webber. In 2007, he followed up with another Peter Webber film, The Lucky Dog, and in 2008 he starred in the independent romantic comedy-drama Beautiful Stranger, both of which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. After wrapping production on The Lucky Dog, he moved to Los Angeles to expand his acting repertoire, and began developing projects for screen and TV. A year later, he was cast in the lead role of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and began filming in mid-2009.
Pattinson in Harry Potter (2009-2011)
After the premiere of the first movie in the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2009), fans and critics alike hailed Pattinson as one of the film’s breakout stars. In the next two films, he starred alongside Tina Fey, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint. During filming of the final movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011), he recorded the song “The Sorrowful Hearts” with legendary English singer-songwriter Elton John. The song was released as a single and is featured on the album The Dressing Room, and it won the star an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. The series as a whole was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Series or Television Miniseries.
Pattinson Since Harry Potter (2011)
Pattinson’s performance in Harry Potter earned him a spot on Vanity Fair’s 2012 list of “The 25 Most Influential Geniuses of the Past 25 Years.” Since the end of Harry Potter, he has gone on to star in the action-adventure film The Tourist (2015), the comedy-adventure film Last Chance Harvey (2018), and the sci-fi action thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2018).
Pattinson’s Personal Life
Pattinson has been in a relationship with Twilight co-star and fiancée Sadie Frost since 2012. The couple’s engagement was announced in January 2017 and they were married on October 20, 2017 in a private ceremony in Italy. A source close to the couple told People magazine that the wedding was a “love story built on a foundation of lust and laughter.”
The wedding made international news and the pair were inundated with congratulatory messages from their fans and well-wishers across social media. After honeymooning in Venice, the couple are now regulars on the social media scene, with Sadie using her Twitter account to document her fashion choices and new adventures and Rob using his Instagram account to share behind-the-scenes photos of the films he is working on.
Where To Now For Pattinson?
With so much success behind him, it is easy to see where Pattinson’s career might take him next. He has expressed a desire to work with British director Steven Spielberg, and there is speculation that he might star in a movie adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He recently finished a film titled Midnight Maker, which Paramount Pictures is currently considering for release. Additionally, he has been approached by several Hollywood studios about potential lead roles, and it is rumoured that he has turned down a number of high-profile roles because he wants to remain loyal to his hometown and its thriving independent film scene. In 2020, he is set to star in the Fox/NYT digital series The Expatriate.