Coming from the stage, Robert Pattinson began his career with the Barnes Theater Group. In 2003, he appeared in The Sacred Ring shot for television by Uli Edel and worked alongside Max von Sydow, Samuel West, Benno Fürmann and Kristanna Loken. After a small role in Vanity Fair, the vanity fair of Mira Nair, Pattinson retained to slip into the dress Cedric Diggory, the adversary of Daniel Radcliffe in the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth part of the magic saga directed by Mike Newell.
In 2009, the young actor starred in the phenomenon film Twilight – Chapter 1: fascination, adapted from the eponymous novel by Stephenie Meyer, in which he played Edward Cullen, the vampire with whom actress Kristen Stewart fell in love. The film was an unprecedented success with teenage audiences and propelled Robert Pattinson to the forefront. Less than a year after the first part, and the phenomenon which accompanied it, the actor slips again into the skin of the disturbing vampire, for the needs of Twilight – Chapter 2: Temptation.
Along with the Twilight saga, Robert Pattinson stars as a young man with a difficult childhood in the comedy-drama How to Be. In 2009, he played Salvador Dalí, the famous Catalan painter, in Little Ashes, before falling in love the following year with Emilie de Ravin in Remember Me, a rather dark sentimental drama signed Allen Coulter, with Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper. Following year, the actor lends his features to Edward Cullen again, in Twilight – Chapter 3: Hesitation, the third episode of the famous vampiric saga., cult role he takes up in the last two instalments of this lucrative franchise, Twilight – Chapter 4: Revelation 1st (2011) and 2nd part (2012).
Multiplying the headliners, the young actor also varies the genres and the vampires of Twilight for the circus of the romantic drama Water for the elephants (2011), the time to become the orphan Jacob alongside Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz, in a feature film orchestrated by Francis Lawrence. He then radically changes his style by playing the billionaire Eric Packer in the intriguing Cosmopolis (2012) by David Cronenberg, in competition at Cannes, then returns, the same year, to a role more in line with his previous performances, that of the seductive journalist Georges Duroy in the drama Bel Ami (adapted from the Maupassant classic ).
Robert Pattinson goes up again the steps of Cannes in 2014 for The Rover of David Michôd, a strange apocalyptic road movie in which he moves away from his usual roles to embody Rey, a naive character, sometimes silly, and dependent others. In this same edition of the Cannes festival, he appears in a film in the official selection, the cynical Maps to the Stars, again in collaboration with Cronenberg. There he camps an ambitious limousine driver, aspiring to become a successful screenwriter.
The actor is still committed to changing register by playing in two biopics in 2015. He is thus on the poster of Anton Corbijn’s new film, Life, which features the friendship between James Dean, played by Dane DeHaan, and photographer Dennis Stock, played by Pattinson. He also takes on the role of Lawrence of Arabia, the famous British archaeologist, in Queen of the Desert in 2015 where he plays Nicole Kidman.