Robert "Rob" Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor and former model, best known for playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
He became involved in amateur theatre through the Barnes Theatre Club. After some backstage experience there, he took on acting roles. He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and began looking for professional roles.
Since, he has since performed in an amateur version of Macbeth at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre (also in West London), as well as trying his hand at modelling, for which he was sometimes credited as Robert Thomas-Pattinson.
He had supporting roles in the made for television film Ring of the Nibelungs (2004), and in director Mira Nair's 2004 Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted, and only appear on the DVD version.
He was slated to appear in a stage production of The Woman Before in May 2005, but was fired shortly before the opening night. He was replaced by Tom Riley.
In late 2005, Pattinson appeared as the character Cedric Diggory in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Consequently, he was named that year's British Star of Tomorrow by Times Online and has more than once been touted as the next Jude Law. He names Jack Nicholson as his acting inspiration.
He will next appear as the title character in the BBC television movie The Haunted Airman (based on the novel The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley) which will be broadcast on 31st October 2006. He is also slated to appear in After Dark, due for release in 2008.
Birth name: Robert Thomas Pattinson
Date of birth: May 13, 1986
Birth location: London, England
1. The Haunting of Toby Jugg (2006) (TV) .... Toby Jugg
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) .... Cedric Diggory
3. Ring of the Nibelungs (2004) (TV) .... Giselher
4. Vanity Fair (2004) (uncredited) .... Older Rawdy
"Up until I was 12 my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as 'Claudia'! Twelve was a turning point as I moved to a mixed school and then I became cool and discovered hair gel."
"It's strange, somebody asked for my autograph the other day. Because I finished school and I'm not really doing anything at the moment, I was just kind of aimlessly wandering around London and these two guys who were about 30 came up and asked for my autograph. I was really quite proud at the time, and they wanted to take photos and stuff. And then they were sort of wandering around and I was kind of wandering around and I bumped into them about three times, and every single time their respect for me kept growing and growing and growing."
"They [Barnes Theatre Club] were a very good group, and for some reason when I finished the backstage thing, I just decided to that I should try to act. So I auditioned for Guys and Dolls and got a little tiny part as some Cuban dancer or something and then in the next play I got the lead part, and then I got my agent. So I owe everything to that little club."
"I aspire to be Jack Nicholson. I love his every single mannerism. I used to try and be him in virtually everything I did, I don't know why. I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when I was about 13, and I dressed like him. I tried to do his accent. I did everything like him. I think it kind of stuck with me."