Birth Name : Kristen Jaymes Stewart
Nickname : Kris KStew Ki Ki Stew
Height : 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Though most famous for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Mann-Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian. The family includes three boys, her older brother Cameron Stewart, and two adopted brothers Dana and Taylor.
After a talent scout caught her grade school performance in a Christmas play at the age of eight, she appeared on television in a few small roles. Her first significant role came when she was cast as Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects (2001). Soon after that, she starred alongside Jodie Foster in the hit drama, Panic Room (2002) and was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
Praised for her Panic Room performance, she went on to join the cast of Cold Creek Manor (2003) as the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone. Though the film did not do well at the box office, she received another nomination for a Young Artist Award. After appearing in a handful of movies and a Showtime movie called Speak (2004), Stewart was cast in the role of a teenage singer living in a commune in Sean Penn's Into the Wild (2007), a critically acclaimed biopic. A third Young Artist Award nomination resulted in a win for this role. She also appeared in Mary Stuart Masterson's The Cake Eaters (2007) that same year.
Just 18, Stewart took on the starring role in Twilight (2008/I) opposite Robert Pattinson who plays the vampire lead, Edward Cullen. Based on a series of the same name written by Stephenie Meyer, the novel already had a huge following and the film opened to fans anxious to see the vampire romance brought to life. Awarded the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Stewart's turn as Bella continued in the sequels New Moon (2009) and Eclipse (2010/I). The final installments of the series start filming in late 2010.
Rocketed into stardom with the Twilight films, Stewart has continually shrunk from the spotlight. She's also taken on a number of indie projects such as Adventureland (2009) (filmed prior to the Twilight series) and Welcome to the Rileys (2010). And she took on the daunting task of playing rocker Joan Jett in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (2010) alongside Dakota Fanning. Though most critics heaped praised on Fanning for her poignant performance as Cherie Currie, Stewart also received praise for her acting and musical performances.
One of Stewart's next big projects is the upcoming film adaptation of the classic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road (2011), in which she'll star as Marylou. Shooting begins in the summer of 2010.
Stewart continues to live in Los Angeles, California.
Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born in Los Angeles, California on April 9th, 1990 to John Stewart and Jules Mann-Stewart. Kristen’s father, John, works as a stage manager and TV producer for different organizations, most notably FOX. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is originally from Australia and works as a script supervisor in Los Angeles. Kristen also has an older brother, Cameron.
When Kristen was young, her family relocated to Colorado, where they lived for several years before moving back to Los Angeles. Her acting career began after an agent noticed her performing in a school Christmas play when she was eight years old. After a non-speaking part in a Disney TV movie, Kristen acted in the role of Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects. Shortly after completing this film, Kristen landed the part of Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room (2002). Then only 12 years old, Kristen was already working with one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She received praise for her performance in the film, and, as a result, garnered the respect of the Hollywood community and was nominated for a Young Artist Award (for a complete list of Kristen’s feature film roles, please refer to the “Filmography” page).
Since the start of her Hollywood career, Kristen has entertained moviegoers with her impassioned character portrayals, specifically that of Bella Swan (in Twilight). With multiple projects currently filming or in the production phases, Kristen continues to move forward in her career and look ahead for new opportunities.
An exceptionally poised young film actress with a knack for challenging roles as troubled adolescents, Kristen Stewart got her big break playing Jodie Foster's daughter in David Fincher's hot-wired thriller, "Panic Room" (2002). As the teen's profile rose over the following years, Stewart consistently impressed audiences and critics alike with her realistic performances and her choice of projects - which echoed Foster's early career by straying far from family fare and jumping right into demanding adult dramas with aplomb. She would go on to make her biggest splash as Bella Swan, the tortured teen in love with a vampire in the pop cultural phenomenon, "Twilight" (2008) as well as its subsequent sequels. Such was her appeal as this particular film heroine that she would develop a huge fan contingent and hopeful rumors would abound about possible off-screen love with her equally gorgeous co-star, Robert Pattinson. Having come full circle as the tomboy trapped in a panic room to the dreamily romantic Bella, Stewart proved she was one of the more versatile young actresses of her generation.
Born April 9, 1990, Stewart was raised in Los Angeles, where her father worked as a stage manager, producer and director on numerous Fox television shows and her mother was a scriptwriter. Her performance in a grade school Christmas play caught the eye of a talent agent in the audience, so at the age of eight, Stewart began auditioning for film and television roles. She landed a bit role in the Disney Channel TV production, "The Thirteenth Year" (1999) and snared a more substantial part two years later in Rose Troche's challenging independent drama "The Safety of Objects" (2001), in which she played the tomboyish daughter of troubled single mom Patricia Clarkson. Stewart found herself at the center of a major Hollywood production in 2002 when she was cast as the juvenile lead in David Fincher's "Panic Room." Despite the presence of such veteran actors as Jodie Foster - to whom the youngster bore a remarkable resemblance - Stewart held her own and delivered an assured performance that led some critics to compare her skills to Foster's early style.
In 2003, Stewart signed on to play the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in another suspenseful project, Mike Figgis' "Cold Creek Manor" (2003). However, it fared poorly with audiences. Her first leading role came with "Catch That Kid" (2004), a breezy, teen-friendly caper, with Stewart as a young mountain-climbing aficionado who orchestrates a high-tech bank robbery to pay for an operation for her gravely ill father. A minor hit with 'tweens, it allowed Stewart a chance to show a lighter side of her acting talents and finally showcase herself to family audiences. The same year, she appeared in the psychological drama "Undertow," which despite a cast led by Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney, received almost no theatrical play.
"Speak" (Showtime, 2005), based on the best-selling novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, gave Stewart the opportunity to play both dark and light in the same project. She portrayed a high school freshman who stops almost all verbal communication after being raped by an upperclassman, but retains a vivid and often sardonic running commentary in her head. She handled the complexities of the character with her customary skill and segued into Jon Favreau's underrated space fantasy "Zathura" (2005), which, despite requiring her to remain in a state of suspended animation for part of the film, gave her a showcase for her comic skills. In 2006, Stewart starred in the Canadian feature "Fierce People," a drama by actor-director Griffin Dunne, about a troubled masseuse (Diane Lane) who arranges for a better life for her teenage son and herself, with unfortunate results.
Stewart had a starring role in the moderately successful supernatural film "The Messengers" (2007), and her career began to soar with no less than 10 film releases in the subsequent two years. She starred opposite Meg Ryan and Adrian Brody in the comic drama "In the Land of Women" (2007), and gave a bold performance as a teenage commune dweller who falls for an idealistic young drifter (Emile Hirsch) in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" (2007), one of the top critics' picks of the year. In Mary Stuart Masterson's well-received directorial debut "The Cake Eaters" (2007), Stewart gave an excellent performance as a young woman with a debilitating disease, and in the Hollywood satire "What Just Happened?" (2008), she was memorable as the rebellious teenage daughter of a stressed-out studio executive (Robert De Niro).
In the fall of 2008, Stewart co-starred in the highly anticipated film adaptation of "Twilight," Stephenie Meyer's acclaimed novel about a teenage girl who falls in love with a handsome vampire. Finally featured in a youth-oriented mainstream release, Stewart earned legions of new fans through her work in the goth love story. The 18-year-old began to segue into young adult roles with the independent film offerings "Adventureland" (2008), a comedy about employees of an amusement park, and the domestic drama "Welcome to the Rileys," starring James Gandolfini. It was while working on the sequel "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009) - that rumors began swirling that the much beloved onscreen coupling of Stewart and her co-star, Robert Pattinson - her seductive vampire love, Edward Cullen - was becoming a lovefest off set. Blogs and teeny bopper magazines dissected every photograph and interview the two participated in, all in order to get to the bottom of the question at hand: was the couple dating? Neither officially said, but the furor only added more luster to the highly anticipated "Twilight" sequel.
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Kristen Jaymes Stewart
Kristen Jaymes Stewart on April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA
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* Brother: Cameron Stewart. Older
* Father: John Stewart. Works for FOX
* Companion: Michael Angarano. Co-starred together in the film Speak (2004); confirmed to Vanity Fair magazine (June 2008) that they are dating; no longer together
* Companion: Robert Pattinson. Co-starred together in the Twilight series; rumored to be dating since 2009
* 2001 Made acting debut, playing Patricia Clarkson s tomboy daughter in Rose Troche s The Safety of Objects
* 2002 Played Jodie Foster s diabetic daughter Sarah in David Fincher s psychological thriller, Panic Room
* 2003 Played the daughter of a couple who unknowingly move into a haunted house in Cold Creek Manor
* 2004 Cast in Bart Freundlich s Catch That Kid, a remake of the Danish blockbuster Klatretosen
* 2004 First leading role, played a traumatized high school freshman in Speak
* 2005 Starred in the Jon Favreau directed, Zathura
* 2007 Cast in the Sean Penn s adaptation of Jon Krakauer s best selling book, Into the Wild
* 2007 Played Donald Sutherland s granddaughter in Griffin Dunne s Fierce People
* 2007 Played Meg Ryan s angst-ridden teenage daughter in Jonathan Kasdan s directorial debut, In the Land of Women
* 2008 Cast as Bella Swan alongside Robert Pattinson in the feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer s bestselling novel, Twilight
* 2008 Played Robert De Niro s daughter in Barry Levinson s satirical comedy-drama, What Just Happened?
* 2009 Played the main character s love interest in Greg Mottola s Adventureland
* 2009 Reprised the role of Bella in the sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
* 2010 Played a 16-year-old stripper, opposite James Gandolfini, in Welcome to the Rileys
* 2010 Portrayed rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways, a biopic from writer-director Floria Sigismondi
* 2010 Reprised the role of Bella Swan opposite Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse