Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor and grew up in Barnes, London, UK. After starting to act at the local theatre club at the age of 15 after his father convinced him to attend because he was quite shy, he began his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) when he was 19. At the age of 22, the role of Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga films (2008 -12) brought him to unexpected, worldwide stardom.
With Pattinson being a big cinephile, he since than starred in mostly independent films from respected auteur directors, such as Cosmopolis (2012), The Rover (2014), The Lost City of Z (2016), Good Time (2017), High Life (2018) and The Lighthouse (2019). He is going to return to blockbuster films by starring in Tenet (2020) by Christopher Nolan, and by playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Batman (2021), directed by Matt Reeves.