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As a tow-headed toddler, Pattinson – who was born in London on May 13, 1986 – explored a local playground. Years later the only son of Richard, a retired luxury car importer, and Clare, who worked for a modeling agency, would get his first exposure to stardom in his breakout role as dashing wizard Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
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Pattinson has said that as a child, his big sisters Elizabeth and Victoria would dress him up as a girl and call him Claudia. The experience seemed to help his modeling career. "When I first started I was quite tall and looked like a girl, so I got lots of jobs, because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool," says Pattinson. "Then, I guess, I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modeling career."
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WHY SO SERIOUS?
Pattinson strikes a solemn pose in a class photo from London's Tower House School. He later became involved in theater through the Barnes Theater Company, landing the attention of an agent in a production of Tess of the D'Ubervilles.
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Complete with a hat, rifle and duffel bag, the young Englishman played soldier as a boy. He would later play a military man in the 2006 British TV movie The Haunted Airman, about a disabled pilot recovering from his experiences in World War II.
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Pattinson (at age 2) strolled with mom Clare and sister Victoria in London. He later told Vanity Fair that his mother, while not a "stage mom," will comment on photos she sees of her son in the press. "'I like that new shirt you're wearing!' 'Uh, thanks.'"
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AN OFFICER & AND GENTLEMAN
Pattinson enjoyed a sandwich and some dress-up with a local policeman, covering up his signature do with the bobby's hat. Pattinson has since joked of his now-famous tresses, "The hair is 75 percent of my performance."
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MAD FOR PLAID
The future Edward rocked suspenders and plaid shorts (at age 2) in this family snapshot. Some things don't change: He's still got a preference for plaid, sporting a checkered shirt while promoting New Moon in L.A.