This handsome young actor is best known as vampire Edward Cullen from the 'Twilight franchise.
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born on 13 May 1986 in Barnes, London, to car dealer Richard and model Clare. He attended Tower House School and then the Harrodian School. He is an avid musician and learnt how to play the guitar and piano while at school.
He first started acting at the age of 15 when he took to the stage in Barnes Theatre Company productions of 'Guys and Dolls', 'Anything Goes', 'Macbeth' and 'Tess of The d'Urbervilles'.
It was during the latter production that Pattinson was noticed by an acting agent and started to take on professional roles, with the first a part in TV movie 'Ring Of The Nibelungs' in 2004.
His heart-throb status first started to emerge in 2005 when he took the role of heroic Cedric Diggory in 'Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire' - the fourth in the franchise. For this part, he was named 2005's 'Star of Tomorrow' by the Times.
A few small roles followed until he landed the job that would thrust Pattinson into mainstream success and cement his heart-throb status - Edward Cullen. In 2008, he landed the main part of the vampire in 'Twilight', adapted from the novels by Stephanie Meyer.
This was followed by 'New Moon' in 2009, 'Twilight: Eclipse' in 2010, 'Breaking Dawn Part One' in 2011 and 'Breaking Dawn Part II' in 2012.
These were the most-anticipated films of their year of release with fans queuing up for hours to be the first to watch them. Thanks to these films, Pattinson garnered the nickname R-Patz and is currently the third richest actor under the age of 30 in the UK. Many Twilighters are either team Edward or Jacob, who is the werewolf character played by Taylor Lautner.
He also met his long-term girlfriend Kirsten Stewart through 'Twilight' as she plays his love interest and later wife Bella Swan. Although they never officially confirmed their relationship, they were regularly snapped together and they adopted a puppy together in 2011, who they called Bear. However, they have since split.
Aside from 'Twilight', Pattinson has appeared in romantic drama 'Remember Me' in 2010 and 'Water For Elephants' as Reese Witherspoon's love interest in 2011. He also starred as a manipulative young man in the drama 'Bel Ami' and played a young billionaire in the drama 'Cosmopolis'.
In 2014, he will appear in 'The Rover' opposite Guy Pearce and will re-team with David Cronenberg for 'Maps To The Stars'.