Born: 13 May 1986
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: Edward Cullen, the hunky vampire in the Twilight movies
With his rippling brow and matinee-idol chin, Robert Pattinson became a movie heartthrob after appearing as the vampire Edward Cullen in the 2008 teen romance Twilight
. Robert Pattinson was born in London and began acting in his teens, performing with the historic Barnes Theater Company in London. He won a small part in a German TV production of Richard Wagner
's The Ring of the Nibelungs
(2004) and was darkly handsome in a brief appearance opposite Reese Witherspoon
in the 2004 film Vanity Fair
. That led to his biggest break: he was chosen to play the young wizard Cedric Diggory in the films Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(2007). He was then cast as the agelessly handsome vampire Edward -- smitten with Kristen Stewart
's beautiful Bella Swan -- in the film Twilight
(2008), based on the popular teen books by Stephenie Meyer
. He reprised the role in the sequels New Moon
(2010), and Breaking Dawn: Part 1
(2011). He also appeared again with Witherspoon in a co-starring role, in the 2011 romance Water For Elephants
and starred in the 2012 David Cronenberg
(based on the novel by Don DeLillo).
The character Cedric Diggory is a student in the Hufflepuff house at Hogwarts and a rival of Harry Potter for the heart of Cho Chang (played in the film by Katie Leung). Diggory (and Robert Pattinson) appear in only two of the Harry Potter films: Goblet of Fire (2005) and Order of the Phoenix (2007).
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