Pattinson had supporting roles in the German made-for-television film Ring of the Nibelungs in 2004 and in director Mira Nair's costume drama Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted and only appear on the DVD version.
In 2008, Pattinson landed the role of Edward Cullen in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel of the same name.
Twilight brought Pattinson worldwide fame, In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100. Pattinson started his career as a model at the age of 12.
In 2013, Dior Homme signed him as the face of their Fragrances.
He became ambassador of the latter in 2015 to help raise international awareness of it.
He became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company.
Patterson, with complete disregard for his safety and ignoring the warning of his comrades that he was moving into a bunker complex, assaulted and destroyed the position.
Although exposed to intensive small arm and grenade fire from the bunkers and their mutually supporting emplacements. Patterson continued his assault upon the bunkers which were impeding the advance of his unit. Patterson single-handedly destroyed by rifle and grenade fire 5 enemy bunkers, killed 8 enemy soldiers and captured 7 weapons.
Scott Foundas of Variety said that "Pattinson who turns out to be the film's greatest surprise, sporting a convincing Southern accent and bringing an understated dignity to a role that might easily have been milked for cheap sentimental effects." He further added that "(it is) a career re-defining performance for Pattinson that reveals untold depths of sensitivity and feeling." In 2015, two of his films were premiered at 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February. Lawrence aka Lawrence Of Arabia in the film, which Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent described as "comic and a very long way removed from Peter O'Toole.
Patterson and the 2 other members of his assault team moved forward under a hail of enemy fire to destroy the bunkers with grenade and machinegun fire.
Observing that his comrades were being fired on from a third enemy bunker covered by enemy gunners in l-man spider holes, Sgt.
He reprised his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which was released on 20 November 2009.
The film earned a record-breaking 2,839,137 opening weekend and an overall run of 9,827,462 worldwide.