Date of Birth: April 9, 1990
Born in Colorado but raised in Los Angeles, Kristen Stewart, whose father is TV producer John Stewart, played her first role as Patricia Clarkson’s tomboy daughter in the indie film The Safety of Objects (2001). Her next role was a co-starring one as Jodie Foster’s diabetic daughter (also a tomboy) in Panic Room (2002). Originally, another young actress had been cast when Nicole Kidman was scheduled to play the lead. But when Kidman was injured and had to drop out, Foster took over the part and Stewart (because of her resemblance to Foster) was hired to replace the original young actress. Stewart was nominated for a Young Artist award as Leading Young Actress for her performance in the film.
Panic Room was a box office success, and Stewart was quickly hired to play Angel, the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in Cold Creek Manor (2003), followed by the starring role as a girl who turns to crime to help her father in Catch that Kid (2004). After that, she played Lila in Undertow (2004) opposite Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas, for which she received another Young Artist award nomination.
It was when she landed the role of Bella Swan, a girl who falls in love with a vampire in Twilight that she achieved worldwide fame. Based on the Twilight series of books, the movie was an instant success and spawned four sequels—The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2012). While it would have been easy for Stewart to be pigeon-holed as an actress thanks to her stint as Bella Swan, she managed to land other roles that allowed her to show her varied talents—like a teenage rocker in the 70s in The Runaways (2010) and an updated, butt-kicking version of the Disney princess in Snow White & the Huntsman (2012).
In January 2012, Kristen was named the face of Balenciaga Fragrance’s new perfume. During her spare time, Stewart enjoys surfing. She lives in Los Angeles and has been dating her Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson, for several years.