English actor Robert Pattinson is one of the hottest young male stars in Hollywood this year. He most recently played Edward Cullen, the love-interest of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), in the most recent installment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

Pattinson grew up in the suburbs of London. He became involved in an amateur theater company and was cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls. He caught the attention of an agent in a role he played in Tess of the d'Urbervilles and then began looking for professional acting parts. The Twilight actor also began modeling when he was twelve, but stopped after four years when he was offered fewer jobs. 

The 25-year-old started his acting career in a few television films starting in 2004 but joined his first major film playing the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.

Pattinson became internationally recognized following the release of the Twilight Saga series. He was cast in the first Twilight film in 2008 as Edward Cullen, the lead male vampire. He has reprised the role in the film sequels, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn - Part 1, and he will be in the final chapter as well, Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

He has also played lead roles in Water for Elephants, Bel Ami, Little Ashes, How to Be and The Summer House. In 2010, he was featured in a DVD documentary, Robsessed, which tells the story of his life and popularity. He executively produced and starred in Remember Me in the same year.

Pattinson is also a musician who plays piano and guitar. He composes his own music and sings two of the songs on the Twilight soundtrack, Never Think and Let Me Sign.

The actor, model and musician was ranked one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood based on earnings in 2009 and, in 2010, was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Forbes also ranked him one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100, in 2010 and he has often been called the next Jude Law. He was named one of the Sexiest Men Alive in 2008 and 2009 by People magazine.