The Twilight Saga may have made ‘R-Patz’ a household name - and earned him a spot on the bedroom walls of teenage girls around the world - but long gone are the days when he was just seen as a (very) pretty face.
Named amongst TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and drawing critical acclaim for recent screen performances, he is carving a formidable reputation as a serious actor, artist and ambassador as well as a sex symbol.
Hailed as ‘the next Jude Law’ when the supporting role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fell to him, it was only a matter of time before other major productions joined the hunt. But after accepting the offer to play Edward Cullen in the first Twilight movie, Robert couldn’t have dreamt just how far into the spotlight he would be catapulted. The series went on to gross over ?2billion worldwide, and for the heartthrob star of the story, opportunity knocked from every direction.
From supporting charities against child trafficking through selling his own artwork, to campaigning to raise awareness of cancer, it’s clear he has a heart of gold to match a jawline of iron. And with critically acclaimed performances in more mature movies like futuristic western The Rover, and an Oscar-bait role as T.E. Lawrence in Queen of the Desert on the horizon, there can be no doubt that Robert Pattinson is set to be the modern-day matinee idol of the decade.