The Rise of Robert Pattinson - Telegraph UK Profile
Jul. 4th, 2010 at 12:46 AM
Five years ago Robert Pattinson was an unknown British teenager - now he is the multimillionaire star of the hugely successful Twilight film saga. Here we chart the rise and rise of Pattinson, 24, from model, to vampire and beyond.
Pattinson, who is from Barnes in west London, started his career as a model aged 12 but struggled to find work by the time he was 16. He has described himself as having "the most unsuccessful modelling career".
In May 2005 Pattinson was set to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre but was fired shortly before opening night and was replaced by Tom Riley.
However, also in 2005 came Pattinson's big break when he was cast as Cedric Diggory - a Hogwarts prefect - in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The first installment of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series was released in November 2008 in America. It launched Pattinson as a Hollywood heart throb. He was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 2008 and 2009.
The following year, sequel New Moon was released, while the latest installment Eclipse will reach UK cinemas on July 9.
Also released this year is Remember Me, a romantic drama starring Pattinson which he also produced.
Such is his new-found fame that a wax work of the actor has even been added to Madame Tussuad's displays in London and New York.
Next year he will star alongside Uma Thurman in Bel Ami and Water For Elephants opposite Reese Witherspoon as well as fulfilling his commitments to the Twilight Saga which will be Breaking Dawn part I.
Pattinson has written several songs two of which have appeared on the Twilight soundtrack. He has said: "Music is my back-up plan if acting fails."